Monday could be busiest day of year for shipping companies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, is expected to be the busiest day of the year for Fed Ex and the United States Post Office.

With Christmas fast approaching, many people are rushing to send their gifts via mail.

Fed Ex expects to ship 23 million packages today, while the USPS to ship 640 million.

If you’re shipping by ground, the Dec. 17 is the deadline for Fed Ex, while Dec. 21 is the deadline for USPS.

Monday, December 15, 2014 is the last day you are able to send packages through the post office at the Standard Postage rate for them to arrive by Christmas Day. This is the least expensive way to send packages. While you can send packages other ways to ensure they arrive before December 25, they will cost more money.

Be warned, you will likely be standing in long lines if you do take your packages to the post office on December 15 because it’s expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year. This year’s holiday mailing season is expected to be even busier than last year. In 2013, there were more than 607 million letters, cards and packages sent during the holiday season, while 2014 is expected to top 640 million letters, card and packages.

When’s the last day to send Christmas cards?

Saturday, December 20, 2014 is the last day you can post Christmas cards if you want to make sure they arrive before December 25th. Saturday, December 20, is also the last day you can send packages using USPS Priority Mail to guarantee your packages arrive and will be under the tree when the kids wake up on Christmas morning.

According to savingadvice.com, if you want a package to arrive at one of the following locations by Christmas, you’ll have to have it in the mail by the corresponding date:

Africa: Thursday, December 18
Asia / Pacific Rim: Wednesday, December 17
Australia: Wednesday, December 17
Canada: Friday, December 19
Caribbean: Thursday, December 18
Central America: Thursday, December 18
Europe: Thursday, December 18
Mexico: Friday, December 19
Middle East: Wednesday, December 17
New Zealand: Wednesday, December 17
South America: Thursday, December 18

Some major post offices around the country will be open on Sunday, December 21, 2014 for last-minute Christmas shipping. Contact your local post office to find out if it will be open.

Post offices will be open on Christmas Eve in most cases until noon, but cards and packages sent on the 24th won’t arrive in time for Christmas.

FedEx offers the following tips for safe mailing around Christmas time:

  • Consider sending packages to a location where you know someone will be around during the day. Packages left unattended can be stolen.
  • Request a signature. This ensures that someone physically gets the package.
  • If you’re taking a trip, you can request a vacation hold of up to 14 days on packages that are delivered to you.

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