Holiday shipping, knowing when to ship
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:34 AM
PUTNAM COUNTY - 'Tis the season to send packages, as the holiday season quickly approaches.
This year, the United States Post Office (USPS) is ready for a bigger than every holiday season. It is predicted that over 365 million packages will be delivered this year. This is a 20 percent increase over 2011. The Postal Service credits the increase to the competitive growth of online shopping.Matt Nusbaum, a postal worker for the Ottawa Post Office stated, "The best advice that I can give when shipping a package through us for Christmas is to use quality packing materials. A great example would be to use clear packing tape, and not masking tape."
As Dec. 17 through the 20 seems to be the busiest mailing day for Christmas cards, and packages full of gifts and letters to Santa, the USPS would like to remind everyone of the 2012 deadlines to ship a package this holiday.
"Another great tip when you are sending a package would be to place your address on the inside. Your package makes a great journey. If something would happen to rub off the address(s) on the outside of the package, we always try to look for an address on the inside to make sure we get the package where it needs to be, or at least back to the sender," said Nusbaum.
If you are trying to make sure your recipient receives their package on or before Dec. 25, here are a few deadlines to follow.
For First Class Mail, the deadline is Dec. 20
For Priority Mail, the last day is Dec. 21
Express Mail's final day is Dec. 22
Another big operation for the Postal Service is helping get packages to loved ones in the Military. The USPS knows how important it is for your family and friends overseas to receive your holiday package. The last day to send Parcel Airlift Mail is Dec. 3 They also have Priority and First Class Mail until Dec. 10 and Express Mail has a deadline of Dec. 17. The Post Office does want to clarify that this could change based on the zip code of your solider.
"Make sure you mail as early as you can when you mail to the military. Everything that we ship to our military overseas has to go through a "military post office" before it leaves the U.S. And this process can take some time," said Nusbaum.
Finally, global shipping is also available.
Canada and Mexico's Global Express Guarantee deadline is Dec. 20.
Europe, Middle East, Africa and Caribbean's final day for Global Express Guarantee is Dec. 19.
And Asia and Australia's deadline is Dec. 18 for the Global Express Guarantee.
More rates can be found online at www.usps.com/holiday/welcome.htm.