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Dec. 16 expected to be busiest mailing day of the year

U.S. Postal Service Urges You to Mail Holiday Gifts an Greetings Now


DULUTH, GA — With 15 billion pieces of mail expected to be delivered this holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service reminds you to mail now for the holidays. It’s the busiest time of year for sending cards and packages, but just as in past years, the U.S. Postal Service is prepared to deliver.


The Postal Service expects to process 545 million pieces of mail every day throughout this holiday season, which began on Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve. The Postal Service is ready to deliver holiday greetings and gifts to more than 152 million addresses nationwide. The busiest mailing day this season is projected to be Monday, Dec. 16, when more than 600 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed. The same day, 6 million customers are expected to visit Post Offices nationwide.


Simple Tips for Holiday Mailing and Shipping:

  • Confirm addresses. Print addresses clearly and in all CAPS and be sure to include all address elements — apartment numbers, suite numbers and directional information for streets. For example: 123 S Main St. or 12456 Elm St. N. Include both “to” and “from” information on packages — and only on one side. Never guess a ZIP Code. Visit to find all ZIP codes.
  • Choose the Right Box. Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents. Leave space for cushioning inside. Do not reuse mailing boxes — they weaken in the shipping process.

            Customers can purchase ReadyPost boxes at a local Post Office or at the Postal Store on 

    Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes, envelopes and tubes are free.

  • Pack Delicately. Cushion contents with shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Plain air-popped popcorn also is good for cushioning — it’s inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Pack contents tightly to avoid shifting during transit. Use pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced craft paper tape or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape for shipping. Do not use wrapping paper, string, masking tape, duct tape or cellophane tape.

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