Shipping deadlines for the 2017 holiday season

Keep these shipping dates in mind when sending out holiday gifts

Keep these shipping dates in mind when sending out holiday gifts

Postal officials estimate more than 850 million packages will be delivered this holiday season, up from more than 750 million past year, a press release said. During the two week stretch leading into Christmas, the Postal Service expects to deliver almost 200 million packages per week.

The USPS is projecting a more than ten percent increase in total mail volume this holiday season, including a total of 850 million packages. In Rapid City alone, the Postal Service has been delivering an average of 10,000-12,000 pieces of mail per day this holiday season. "Package volume doubles, some days triples, so there's a lot of shipping going on this time of year", says Susie Lynch, owner of The UPS Store in Marquette.

For those who still haven't mailed those cards and packages, the Lincoln Main Post Office at 700 R St. will open its retail windows from 10 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 for customer convenience. Customers can also request their packages be left with a neighbor or held at a Post Office for pickup.

A man who Gwinnett police say has stolen packages from at least four Lilburn and Snellville homes has been captured on camera, and officers are asking for help in identifying him. The mail remains secure within the Post Office, accessible only when using the right key or combination. Customers can sign up for free at to see what packages are in route and to receive daily emails showing what mail will be delivered.

The nation's largest shipping companies expect to deliver record numbers of packages.

"With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a "busiest day" for holiday shipping", she said.

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December 15: This is the last day to ship FedEx Ground. Fully-staffed Post Offices will greet customers, and postal managers will be in lobbies on December 18 to answer questions and provide assistance.

The deadline for first-class mail is Tuesday, December 19.

December 19: This is the last day to ship FedEx Express Saver.

Hargadon said if you haven't already done so, make sure to ship any packages you may have in time.

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