Postal Service Faces Busiest Week of the Year

Busiest shipping day of the year

15B Pieces of Mail Will Be Delivered This Holiday Season

"We ask that you try and do it if you're trying to get it there by Christmas at least have it mailed by the 20th we can do overnight all the way up until the 24th", Owens said.

The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season. Priority packages should be sent by December 20, and priority express can be mailed through the December 22 to make it on time for Christmas.

"We have people delivering parcels from nearly sun-up to sun-down, on top of our regular carriers who are delivering the mail", Light added.

And Monday, according to them, is the busiest day in the 364 leading up from Christmas 2016 to Christmas 2017.

If you are shipping to an apartment, make sure to include the apartment number. That's about a 10 percent increase over previous year. Between Turkey Day and New Year's Day, USPS expects to deliver more than 850 million packages.

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"Until somebody figures out how to email a sweater, we're going to deliver it", said Augustine Ruiz, USPS Bay Area Spokesperson.

Friday is the last day to get a package out to arrive in time for Christmas, using Priority Mail Express.

"Actually, I went on line to print out labels so I didn't have to stand in line because I thought it would be quicker if I did it ahead of time", Yesu noted.

Starting the week of December 11, customer traffic is expected to increase, with the week of December 18 - 24 predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week. "Also we have "Informed delivery" that sends you a picture of what exactly is being put in your mailbox".

Adding a kink to the process is that Christmas Day falls on Monday for the first time in 11 years. "FedEx offers this service 365 days a year in all 50 states, and it will get your package to your recipient the day you ship it, even cross-country".

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