USPS Gears Up For Peak Season: See When You Need To Send Holiday Gifts

(WHNT) – The United States Postal Service (USPS) is ready for a busy holiday season, according to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

“We are ready and positioned to have a successful peak season,” said DeJoy. “Americans should feel confident in sending their greeting cards, mail and packages with the postal service. “

“There is a spirit of excitement throughout the organization and our entire team is ready to deliver the vacation for the nation,” continued DeJoy.

USPS estimates show that more than 12 billion packages, cards and letters will be sent from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

As part of its preparations for the holiday season, USPS has taken several steps to ensure adequate service.

These measures include converting more than 63,000 pre-career employees to full-time positions over the past fiscal year, a nationwide campaign that is expected to add 40,000 seasonal employees by year-end, hiring 13 million square feet of space in 100 postal annexes, and installation of new processing equipment.

The USPS says the busiest days of the year are the two weeks before Christmas, but customer traffic to USPS sites is expected to start increasing around December 6.

Despite the new measures taken, the organization still urges consumers to ship early.

USPS offers many ways to ship packages in a timely manner, some without even leaving the comfort of your home. For more information on online shipping, visit

The Postal Service recommends, but does not guarantee, these dates as the last possible day to ship a package or card so that it can arrive before Christmas morning:

  • December 9: APO / FPO / DPO (all postal codes) Priority Mail and First Class Mail
  • December 15: USPS Retail Ground Service
  • December 16: APO / FPO / DPO (except postal code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express Military Service
  • December 17: First class mail service (including greeting cards)
  • December 17: First Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • December 18: Priority mail service
  • December 23: Express Priority Mail Service *

The above dates do not apply to packages shipped from Alaska or Hawaii to the continental United States.

For more information on how to ship with USPS during the holiday season, click here.


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