This Is Busiest USPS Shipping Week of the Year

WASHINGTON — This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The organization expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards this week alone. The Postal Service also expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week from Dec. 11-24.

The Postal Service anticipates delivering more than 15 billion total pieces of mail this holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, USPS expects to deliver more than 850 million packages, an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the same period last year.

The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities and, to handle the surge in volume, the organization is expanding its Sunday delivery operations in select high package volume locations during the holiday season. USPS expects to deliver more than 6 million packages each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

Ship Online from Home

The Postal Service also predicts that today will be the busiest day for online postal consumers. More than 7 million customers are predicted to avoid holiday hassles and visit for help sending special gifts. Millions of customers will take advantage of convenient online services, like Click-N-Ship, to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and request free next-day Package Pickup. And unlike many brick-and-mortar stores, is always open.

2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25:

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 and First–Class Mail
Dec. 21 – Alaska to Mainland Priority Mail Express
Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express

Additional Tips

The Postal Service offers shipping tips in 10 video “how to” guides. The videos, which are 3 minutes or less, address topics such as how to properly address packages, ship packages and pack a box so items arrive safely.

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found on the Postal Service online holiday newsroom at