By Carol Daniel

ST. LOUIS, MO(KMOX)- The US Postal Service is gearing up to deliver more holiday packages. Mike Cooke, the Gateway District Corporate Communications Specialists says postal employees will begin to deliver packages in the morning, later in the evening and on Sundays.  He says it’s that time of year but also the result of the increase in shopping online.  And as far of the busiest day of the year for holiday shipping including Christmas, Cooke says that doesn’t really exist anymore because all the online shopping is pretty consistent. However the postal service predicts the week of Dec 18th to the 24th will be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week. During that week, nearly three billion pieces of First Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.  The Postal Service is projecting a total of 15 billion pieces of mail, including more than 850 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

To be sure your package or card arrives on time, check out the dates low for shipping deadlines.

Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services)
·        Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
·        Dec. 16 – First Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
·        Dec. 19 – First Class Mail (including greeting cards)
·        Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
·        Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express

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