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Postal Service expecting record holiday shopping surge

The U.S. Postal Service is ready for its 237th year of delivering gifts this holiday season.

The Postal Service says 365 million packages are expected to be delivered this holiday season, which is a 20 percent increase over 2011. 

The Postal Service projects the record-breaking increase in its competitive package business due to consumers' growing fondness for shopping online. In total, nearly 18 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.  

The busiest mailing day for holiday cards/packages is Monday, Dec. 17, when more than 655 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed, compared to 538 on an average day.

The busiest delivery day for letters will be Wednesday, Dec. 19 and the busiest day for packages will be Thursday, Dec. 20. 

They say mailing early is the key to beating the rush, so take note of the following mailing and shipping deadlines:


  • Dec. 10   Priority Mail Military
  • Dec. 11   Express Mail International
  • Dec. 14   Parcel Post
  • Dec. 17  Global Express Guaranteed
  • Dec. 20   First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 21  Priority Mail
  • Dec. 22  Express Mail

Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, and New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. Most Post Offices will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon on these dates. Regular mail delivery will be unaffected by the change. Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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