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  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

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USPS reminds us about deadlines for Christmas shipping

Christmas-Shipping-Deadlines

Christmas is less than two weeks away and the United States Postal Service is encouraging customers to get their packages and cards in the mail as soon as possible.

If you want your package to arrive before Christmas, USPS recommends dropping it off to the post office by Tuesday, Dec. 15.

According to Rod Spurgeon, USPS spokesperson, postal workers are bracing for the busiest week of the year – starting Monday, Dec. 14.

He expects this year to be a busier shipping year than usual because a lot of people are doing their holiday shopping online due to the pandemic.

Usually, USPS is closed Sundays, but there are exceptions.

SanTanValley.com note:
While the USPS in San Tan Valley is closed on Sundays, the UPS stores off of Hunt Hwy and Bella Vista and Gantzel and Combs are both open on Sundays.

Spurgeon encourages people to follow the USPS recommended deadlines, so your present arrives before Christmas. He cautions the earlier you can put your items in the mail, the better.

A red banner on the USPS website warns:

"ALERT: USPS IS EXPERIENCING UNPRECEDENTED PACKAGE INCREASES AND LIMITED EMPLOYEE AVAILABILITY DUE TO THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND REMAIN COMMITTED TO DELIVERING THE HOLIDAYS S TO YOU."

Spurgeon also warns, the longer you wait, the more money you'll spend on shipping.

USPS Mailing & Shipping Deadlines

  • Tuesday Dec. 15 – Ground shipping
  • Friday Dec. 18 – First-Class Mail (greetings cards and letters)
  • Saturday Dec. 19 – Priority Mail
  • Wednesday Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express

Spurgeon had this list of "don'ts" to reduce your risk of shipping delays or lost packages:

  • Don't use painters tape, scotch tape, electrical or masking tape to seal packages. Use packaging tape only to ensure all your contents don't fall out. Also, tape up before you show up to the post office. The post office won't tape your package for you.
  • Don't put the batteries in any toys you plan to ship. If it vibrates or rattles, the post office will open your package and that could cause delays. Keep batteries separate from toys, but don't have batteries loose because they could spark some issues. Keep batteries in original packaging.
  • Don't wrap your package with wrapping paper because it's flimsy and could tear along with the label during processing resulting in a lost package.
  • Don't try to mail wine or beer. USPS doesn't allow it.
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