Good tidings to one and all for Christmas is almost upon us.
As the magic of Christmas brings people together, friends and families are getting ready to spend the holidays together. While some live right next door, others live far away making shipping gifts and packages an essential part of holiday time.
Before the holidays are here, the US Postal Service wants to make sure that citizens know about mailing deadlines for shipping this season.
The USPS recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:
• Dec. 9 — 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 services
• Dec. 14 — USPS Retail Ground service
• Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express® service
• Dec. 20 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
• Dec. 20 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
• Dec. 21 — Priority Mail service
• Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service
They also want so stress that there is no guarantee, unless otherwise noted, that delivery will reach before Christmas, Dec.25.
If senders don’t feel like leaving their home to ship their packages, they can ship it online at usps.com for shipping special holiday gifts.
Some new changes regarding packages are also in effect, you can no longer drop-off stamped packages, using individual stamps as postage, that are more than one-half inch thick and/or weighing more than 10 ounces into blue collection boxes, building mail chutes, or Post Office mail slots.
You must instead go to a retail counter or use the self-service kiosk (SSK) to purchase a postage label. If you opt to use the SSK, to but a postage label, you can drop-off your package in the package slot, not mail slot, at a Post Office. If a restricted package is found in a collected box, mail chute or lobby slot, it will be returned to sender. Mail that is returned to sender will have a Customer Return Label attached explaining the reason for returning.
Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office™ acceptance date and time and other conditions.
And remember, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!