Postal Deadlines Are Here For Holiday Shipping

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:28am
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:37am

Options for shipping off holiday gifts inside the U.S. and guaranteeing they arrive on time are quickly dwindling.

From Thanksgiving through New Years' Day, the U.S. postal service estimates it will have handled 850 million packages.

For holiday cards making a Christmas deadline the cut off is Dec. 19.

To send packages for Hanukkah, which begins Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 20, U.S. parcel post is a gamble, but Priority or Express Priority mailing still works.

Parcel post should be a safe bet for Christmas gifts sent before Thursday, Dec. 14.

"This week would be the best week to get into the post office," said Pete Haas, U.S. Postal Service spokesman. "Because we do expect next week to be our heaviest shipping week."

The last day for using Priority shipping is Dec. 20.

However, Haas said ultimate procrastinators can pay a premium to use Priority Express shipping for overnight deliveries up until the Friday before Christmas, which is Dec. 22.

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