USPS deadlines for Christmas packages
Santa Claus comes two weeks from today. There’s nothing worse than not getting your Christmas packages delivered before the Christmas holiday.
It’s the busiest time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service. Millions of packages find their way through the postal service each holiday season.
Postal deadlines ensure your packages arrive to your loved ones on time. One deadline is Friday. Post Master Catherine Bogan said, “The military deadline is actually December the 11th, and then we have priority express mail, that’s December the 18th. Domestic mail, if you want to get that package to that loved one, you want to make sure you get it in by December the 18th. That’s the first-class cards and letters and then you got the priority mail packaging for December the 19th and our priority mail express is going to be the 23rd.”
Lines inside the post office are already limited due to COVID safety protocols, so there is no time to waste. Roller Carrier Associate Lisa Mead said, “The earlier you get it out the sooner we can get it to where it belongs.”
Since COVID has impacted in-person shopping, there has been triple the number of packages compared to previous years. “A lot of people are mailing packages instead of traveling home to see their loved ones. Make sure you get in as early as possible.”
As the U.S. Postal Service gets ready for the Christmas season, here are three simple tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure that your address is written legibly on the inside of the box as well as the outside
- Make sure that boxes are sturdy and wrapped with tape
- Make sure that if you have fragile material in the box that it is wrapped properly
The self-service kiosk is also available to help cut down lines inside the post office. Bogan says they are prepared. “So, we’re ready. We’re resilient and we have some strong employees that’s basically dedicated to making sure that everyone gets that package home.”