U.S. Postmaster General: Holiday shipping tips and deadlines

November 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The holiday season is here, and for many of us that means sending holiday wishes to friends and family around the country.

The holiday season is here, and for many of us that means sending holiday wishes to friends and family around the country.

The U.S. Postal Service expects to ship more than 15 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve this year!

According to the U.S. Postmaster General, here are the deadlines you need to be sure you mail arrives by Christmas:

- Packages to troops in Afghanistan: December 10th

- International: Check USPS.com for shipping calendar

- Letters, mail, cards (First class mail): December 20th

- Packages - Priority mail: December 21st

- Packages - Express mail: December 22nd

To find all the deadlines, go to USPS.com

Tips from the U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe:

- The earlier the better.

- Use Priority Mail. Flat rate boxes are free at the Post Office or online.

- Print postage from home, and request a free pickup.

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Watch the video above for the full interview with Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Postmaster General.


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