The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages for the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season,” Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan said. “We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows. Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”
The Postal Service will expand its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 25. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays this December.
Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.
With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, USPS says there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas.
Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks.
The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of first-class mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.
2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:
•Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
•Dec. 20 – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
•Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
•Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
•Dec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
•Dec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
•Dec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
•Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express