December 4, 2018
Including more than 900 million packages
NORTH CAROLINA — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
To accommodate the increase in mail volumes, carriers will be delivering earlier and later in the day than usual – sometimes before and after daylight hours – and delivering on Sundays.
We ask customers to make sure pets are restrained – placed in another room of the home or in a fenced area where the pet cannot impede the carrier’s access to the mailbox and front door.
If there should be inclement weather, customers are reminded to clear areas around mailboxes, walkways, driveways and porches so a carrier can safely deliver mail.
Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days
Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.
2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines*:
*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 22 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.
Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at usps.com/holidaynews.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.