Dec. 5, 2019

Postal Service Prepared For The Holidays

Extended Retail Hours At Many Post Offices

TAMPA, FL — The U.S. Postal Service is prepared for the holiday season and will offer extended retail hours at many locations. Whether customers need to ship it quickly or have plenty of time, the Postal Service has an option that will make shipping convenient and affordable.

Extended Retail Hours: Postal facilities throughout the Suncoast District are either opening and/or extended their hours leading up to Christmas Day. Those designated offices will provide full retail services, including stamp sales and package acceptance. Locations with extended hours are listed below. In addition, several Suncoast District Post Offices not listed already offer retail hours on Saturdays and after 5 p.m. Customers can check usps.com/Find Locations and/or call 1.800.ASK.USPS for hours at specific Post Offices.

OFFICE

ADDRESS

ZIP CODE

HOLIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION

Sunday DATES no changes

TAMPA MAIN

3501 Bessie Coleman Blvd.

33630-9998

10:00-18:00

12/8,12/15,12/22

OFFICES with regular late hours

ADDRESS

ZIP CODE

HOLIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday- Friday 12/16-12/20

TAMPA MAIN

3501 Bessie Coleman Blvd.

33630-9998

08:00 -21:00

12/16-12/20 and 12/23

Offices

Address 

ZIP CODE

HOLIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION

Open Sundays

BKS- SPRING HILL

8501 Philatelic Dr. Spring Hill

34606-9998

12:00-16:00

12/15

BRANDON MAIN

1315 Oakfield Dr. Brandon

33511-9998

12:00-16:00

12/15

CLEARWATER MAIN

100 S. Belcher Rd. Clearwater

33765-9998

12:00-16:00

12/8,12/15

LARGO MAIN

50 8th Ave. Largo

33770-9998

12:00-16:00

12/8,12/15

LARGO-SEMINOLE

9355 113th St. Seminole

33772-9998

12:00-16:00

12/8,12/15

PALM HARBOR

495 ALT 19 Palm Harbor

34683-9998

12:00-16:00

12/15

PRC-EMBASSY CROSSING

9602 US HWY 19 PORT RICHEY

34668-9998

12:00-16:00

12/8,12/15

OLDSMAR

3905 Tampa Rd. Oldsmar

34677-9998

12:00-16:00

12/15

 RIVERVIEW

 10810 Boyette Rd. Riverview

33569-9998

12:00-16:00 

12/15 

SPT-CROSSROADS 

 1275 66th St. St. Petersburg

33710-9998

12:00-16:00

12/15,12/22

SPT-GATEWAY

701 77th Ave. N. St. Petersburg

33701-9998

12:00-16:00

12/15

 SPT-ST. PETE MAIN MPO

 3135 1st Ave. N. St. Petersburg

 33730-9998

12:00-16:00 

12/15

 TARPON SPRINGS

850 E. Lime St. Tarpon Springs

34689-9998

12:00-16:00 

12/15 

 TPA-CARROLLWOOD

12651 N. Dale Mabry Tampa

 33618-9998

12:00-16:00 

12/8, 12/15 

 TPA-NEW TAMPA

16350 Bruce B Downs Tampa

33647-9998

12:00-16:00 

12/8, 12/15 

 VALRICO

2406 E. State Rd 60 Valrico

33594-9998

12:00-16:00 

12/8, 12/15 

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days

Thanks to more people shopping earlier and shopping online, the Postal Service’s “busiest day” notion is now a thing of the past. Instead, the Postal Service now has a busiest time, and it starts two weeks before Christmas. Beginning the week of Dec. 9, customer traffic is expected to increase, with the week of Dec. 16 - 22 predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, with 200 million packages delivered.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service expects to deliver more than 800 million packages and nearly 13 billion pieces of mail – for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season. That includes package deliveries seven days a week in many communities, when 8 million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday during this period.

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing, and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom: usps.com/holidaynews.

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service 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

Alaska

  • Dec. 18 — Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail service
  • Dec. 19 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 21 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express service

Hawaii

  • Dec. 19 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
  • Dec. 21 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express service

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office™ acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 21 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military or at diplomatic posts abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $18.45 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 per-box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide.

Skip the Trip and Ship Online

Consumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit usps.com. The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 16 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8.5 million consumers predicted to visit usps.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. And usps.com is always open.

It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship® feature and other online services on Dec. 16 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.

New this year

There have been some changes made to how you can ship your packages this year. For safety reasons, as of Oct. 1, you can no longer drop off stamped packages – which means 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. Instead you must 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 buy a postage label, you can drop off your package in the package slot, not the mail slot, at a Post Office. If a restricted package is found in a collection box, mail chute or lobby mail slot it will be returned to sender. Mail that is returned to sender will have a Customer Return Label attached explaining the restrictions and reason for return. So don’t take any chances this year, make sure to follow the new package mailing guidelines.

Click-N-Ship customers are unaffected by this change.

Additional Tips

Informed Delivery is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. This holiday season, not only can you manage your packages and sneak a peek at cards headed your way, you can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs — all from your mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer. Informed Delivery is one more way the Postal Service is helping you anticipate, communicate and celebrate this holiday season.

The Postal Service is also promoting its “Shipping Tips” videos series. The five segments, which are featured on the USPS Holiday Newsroom site, offer tips to customers on the basics of packing, addressing and mailing packages. One video, “How to Pack a Box,” available in English and Spanish, shows customers how to choose the right size box, and the right packing materials and reinforcements.

Another video, “How to Ship,” explains when to use Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and First-Class Mail. The video also highlights services such as Click-N-Ship, Certified Mail and Signature Confirmation. Other videos show customers how to send military mail and how to address a package.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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