USPS recommends shipping your holiday gifts before these dates

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United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers a package amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. – Everyday the United States Postal Service (USPS) employees work and deliver essential mail to customers. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)

DALLAS, Tx. (KLFY) — The U.S. Postal Service is expected to be extra busy this year with gifts being shipped due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings around the nation. While USPS officials always recommend shipping your gifts as early as possible, this year it could prove necessary for your gifts to arrive on time.

“This has been an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges given the COVID-19 pandemic and the Postal Service is expecting significant volume increases which are difficult to predict,” stated USPS officials in a press release. “We thank our customers for their continued support, and we are committed to making sure gifts and cards are delivered on time to celebrate the holidays.”

Louisiana customers are urged to keep the following dates in mind when shipping gifts this year:

USPS officials also say Sunday delivery is being added (or has already been added) in cities with high package volumes. Mail carriers will also deliver packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

“The busiest time of the season peaks two weeks before Christmas, when much of the last-minute shopping starts,” stated the release. “Customer traffic is expected to increase beginning Dec. 7, with the week of Dec. 14-21 predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week.”

More tips for a successful holiday mailing and shipping season:

  • Use free Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. They are available at Post Office locations or online at usps.com/freeboxes.
  • Make it easy with Click-N-Ship. You can create shipping labels and pay for postage online at usps.com/ship.
  • Schedule a free Package Pickup when the carrier delivers your mail. It’s free regardless of the number of packages. Pickups can be scheduled at usps.com/pickup.
  • Mail and packages that weigh more than 10 ounces or are more than a half-inch thick and using stamps as postage cannot be dropped into a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. Instead, take them to a local Post Office.

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