Online holiday shopping expected to break shipping records

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 3:58 PM
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An increase in consumers’ fondness for online shopping is expected to have the United States Postal Service breaking records this holiday season.

This Christmas holiday is expected to exceed 2011’s holiday shipping totals by 20 percent with an estimated 365 million packages being shipped by the postal service. In total, nearly 18 billion cards, letters and packages will be shipped between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

That includes about 30 million pounds of military mail that will be shipped around the world.

The busiest day for holiday cards and packages is projected to be Dec. 17, with more than 655 million pieces of mail, almost 100 million more than a normal day.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said early shipping is key to packages reaching their destination on time.

HOLIDAY MAIL SHIPPING DEADLINES

HOLIDAY MAIL

The following is a list of recommended dates to mail Christmas cards and packages to military and APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas and to international addresses. It is suggested that mail be entered by the following dates:

Military Mail Addressed to: APO/FPO/DPO ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, 340 and 962-966

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 1/: Dec. 3

Priority Mail and First Class Mail: Dec. 10

Express Mail Military Service(EMMS) 2/: Dec. 17

Space Available Mail and Parcel Post Service deadlines have already passed.

Military Mail Addressed to: APO/FPO/DPO ZIP 093

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 1/: Friday

Priority Mail and First-Class Mail: Dec. 3

Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) 2/: Not Available

Space Available Mail and Parcel Post Service deadlines have already passed.

International Mail Addressed to: Africa

First-Class and Priority Mail: Dec. 3

Express Mail: Dec. 11

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 19

International Mail Addressed to: Asia/Pacific Rim

First-Class and Priority Mail: Dec. 10

Express Mail: Dec. 15

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 18

International Mail Addressed to: Australia/New Zealand

First-Class and Priority Mail: Dec. 10

Express Mail: Dec. 15

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 18

International Mail Addressed to: Canada First-Class: Dec. 10

Priority Mail: Dec. 13

Express Mail: Dec. 17

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 20

International Mail Addressed to: Caribbean

First-Class: Dec. 10

Priority Mail: Dec. 13

Express Mail: Dec. 15

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 19

International Mail Addressed to: Central and South America

First-Class and Priority Mail: Dec. 3

Express Mail: Dec. 11

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 19

International Mail Addressed to: Mexico

First-Class and Priority Mail: Dec. 10

Express Mail: Dec. 15

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 20

International Mail Addressed to: Europe

First-Class: Dec. 10

Priority Mail: Dec. 13

Express Mail: Dec. 15

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 19

International Mail Addressed to: Middle East

First-Class: Dec. 10

Priority Mail: Dec. 13

Express Mail: Dec. 15

Global Express Guaranteed Service(3): Dec. 19

Notes: 1/ PAL: A special service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard Mail not exceeding 30 pounds or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

2/ EMMS: Available to selected military/diplomatic post offices.

3/: Cut-off date does not take into account time for customs clearance. Take into account extra transit days for delivery outside major cities. Last day to ship to Afghanistan is Dec. 18. Last day for Iraq is Dec. 17. Items are not shipped to APO and FPO addresses.

Dates for imports:

Parcel Posts packages via surface transportation: Dec. 4

Letters, flat envelopes and small packages via surface transportation: Dec. 10

Priority Mail Packages via air transportation: Dec. 15

Letter, flat envelopes and small packages via air transportation: Dec. 17

Express Mail: Dec. 18

Dates for domestic mail:

First-Class Mail: Dec. 20

Priority Mail: Dec. 21

Express Mail: Dec. 22

Parcel Post: Dec. 14

Destination Network Distribution Center Drop Ship: Dec. 19

Destination Delivery Unity Drop Ship: Dec. 21

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seenitB4 11/27/12 - 10:50 am
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Be nice to your postal workers ..they are working hard for the money..:)

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soapy_725 11/27/12 - 12:30 pm
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And still they cannot make a profit?

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Two businesses nationalized by our government. USPS and RR. Success stories for the ages.

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