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USPS releases holiday mail-by deadlines

USPS has provided customers with suggested mail-by dates for holiday letters and packages.

The Postal Service has recommended deadlines for the holiday mailing and shipping season.

The suggestions, released Oct. 7, are for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to domestic, Air/Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) addresses.

Here are the deadlines:

• Nov. 6: APO, FPO and DPO addresses (all ZIP Codes), USPS Retail Ground service
Dec. 9: APO, FPO and DPO (all ZIP Codes), Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
Dec. 15: USPS Retail Ground Service
Dec. 16: APO, FPO and DPO addresses (except ZIP Code 093), Priority Mail Express Military service
Dec. 17: First-Class Mail, including greeting cards
Dec. 17: First-Class Mail packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
Dec. 18: Priority Mail service
Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express service

The Postal Service expects customer traffic to increase during the week of Dec.6. The period of Dec. 13-18 is predicted to be the season’s busiest for mailing, shipping and delivery.

More than 12.5 million customers are expected to use on Dec. 19, making it the Postal Service’s busiest day online this holiday season. Nearly 500,000 customers are expected to use the Click-N-Ship feature.