USPS announces holiday delivery deadlines

The Madison Post Office has released its holiday shipping deadlines ahead of the 2018 holiday season.

USPS recommended in a news release the following shipping dates for gifts and cards to be delivered to their intended recipients by Dec. 25:

— Nov. 6: APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) USPS Retail Ground®
— Dec. 4: APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail®
— Dec. 11: APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
— Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground
— Dec. 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express®
— 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

The Postal Service said due to early shopping and online shipping, there is no such thing as a single day being the busiest. However, shipping traffic is expected to pick up the week of Dec. 10.

USPS predicts nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class mail will be processed and delivered the week of Dec. 17 to Dec. 23 which would make it the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week.

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