USPS Sees Increase In Holiday Shipping Volume


Thursday, December 14th 2017, 10:12 pm
By: News 9


The United State Postal Service (USPS) is seeing a 10 percent increase in volume this holiday season compared to the same period last year.

To keep up with the influx, more carriers are clocking in and working longer hours, according to the USPS.

Roger Hoyt has been with USPS for 30 years.

“Monday, I had probably triple the amount of parcels I have on a normal day,” he told News 9.

The two weeks leading up to Christmas are now considered the busiest for USPS mailing, shipping and delivery. The height of all the activity is expected to be December 18-14.

2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:
- Nov. 6      – APO/FPO/DPO USPS Retail Ground
- Dec. 11    – APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail & First Class Mail
- Dec. 14    – USPS Retail Ground
- Dec. 15    – Hawaii to Mainland Priority Mail & First Class
- Dec. 16    – APO/FPO/DPO USPS Priority Mail Express
- Dec. 16    – First Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
- Dec. 19    – First Class Mail (including greeting cards)
- Dec. 20    – Priority Mail
- Dec. 20    – Hawaii to Mainland Priority Mail Express
- Dec. 20    – Alaska to Mainland Priority Mail & First Class
- Dec. 21    – Alaska to Mainland Priority Mail Express
- Dec. 22    – Priority Mail Express