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US Postal service sees influx of holiday shipping

Posted December 16, 2013

Dozens wait in line at the U.S. Post Office on East Six Forks Road in Raleigh on Dec. 16, 2013. The postal service expected to process 610 million pieces of mail nationwide, about 80 million more letters and packages than the average day. (Photo by Edward Wilson)
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— Time is running out if you want your holiday cards and gifts to reach their destinations before Christmas.

The United States Postal Service says Friday is the deadline for First-Class Mail service for domestic delivery before Dec. 24.

Priority Mail Service's deadline is Saturday, Dec. 21, and the deadline for Priority Mail Express is Monday, Dec. 23.

The postal service expected to process about 610 million pieces of mail on Monday – about 80 million more letters and packages than the average day.

FedEx and UPS have similar shipping deadlines.

The last day to ship for FedEx's two-day delivery is Saturday, and Monday for Standard Overnight and Priority Overnight deliveries.

Shipping UPS? The last day for normal pickup and delivery services if Friday, Dec. 20, Second-Day Air packages shipped then will be delivered by Dec. 24.

More shipping deadlines can be found online at the U.S. Postal Service website, FedEx website and UPS website.

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  • stevemichaels Dec 17, 2013

    has to be one of the biggest "no duh" stories - really the post office is busy before xmas? next you will tell me that the airports are busy before thanksgiving

  • Wake1 Dec 17, 2013

    Went two days last week without getting any mail deliveries & then they deliver twice on Sunday!

  • Carolina Dec 17, 2013

    "sell the post office anf get out of the parcel industry. it bleeds cash, and most mail is junk mail." - cringercat1862

    The USPS isn't supposed to be for-profit, any more than highways and the military are supposed to turn a profit. It provides a service, that's all. Everyone thinks stamps are expensive, but imagine if you had to use FedEx or UPS every time you wanted to mail a payment for a bill.

  • cringercat1862 Dec 16, 2013

    sell the post office anf get out of the parcel industry. it bleeds cash, and most mail is junk mail.

  • Phyxius1 Dec 16, 2013

    I do not generally ship through the post office, it tends to be the most expensive option.
    whatelseisnew

    Hardly on some items. UPS pricing has gone up considerably over the last few yrs since I have been shipping with them. USPS offers a cheaper option on them now.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 16, 2013

    I do not generally ship through the post office, it tends to be the most expensive option.