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USPS releases holiday delivery estimates

Letter carrier with armful of packages
Lisa Tosone, a letter carrier at Saddle Creek Station in Omaha, NE, delivers packages during the holidays last year.

The Postal Service will deliver more than 15 billion mailpieces this holiday season, according to projections released Oct. 25.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, USPS expects to deliver 850 million packages — an increase of more than 10 percent from the same period last year.

“The Postal Service is well prepared to meet our customers’ needs during the holiday season, especially as demand for package deliveries continues to grow,” said PMG Megan J. Brennan.

USPS will again deliver seven days a week in select cities, beginning Nov. 26. More than 6 million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday in December.

The Postal Service anticipates the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week will be Dec. 18-24, when almost 3 billion holiday cards and packages will be processed and delivered.

This year, USPS is encouraging customers to use Informed Delivery, a free feature that allows users to view incoming mail, track packages and schedule deliveries.

“America relies on the Postal Service and our 640,000 dedicated employees to deliver the holidays,” the PMG said. “We take great pride in our holiday readiness and preparation, and in our ability to offer reliable, predictable and affordable service in every community in America.”

The news release and the USPS Holiday Newsroom site have more information, including recommended international and military shipping deadlines.

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