Postal service wants to deliver your holiday items on time

In order to make sure people receive their holiday packages on time, the Postal Service is extending delivery services to seven days a week. Starting November 17 through Christmas Day, deliveries will be made every single day.

"During the holidays, no carrier makes more deliveries to more places than the Postal Service, and this year, we're raising the bar with enhanced tracking and Sunday delivery," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a press release.

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United States Post Office package delivery
United States Post Office

As more customers order items from online retailers, demand for shipping has jumped. The Postal Service predicts double digit package growth during the holiday season, in the range of 450 to 470 million packages.

The company also anticipates higher demand driven by their recent shipping price cuts for Priority Mail and Commercial Base options.

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"The Postal Service is a vital business partner for small and large businesses and lowering shipping prices will save them money and improve their bottom line," said Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing and sales officer.

To make sure mail and packages arrive by Christmas, the Postal Service provided the following deadlines:

  • Dec. 2 - First-Class Mail International/Priority Mail International
  • Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International
  • Dec. 15 – Standard Post
  • Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed
  • Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)
  • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express (domestic)

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