Christmas Countdown: mailing deadline looms; Monday & Tuesday busiest days

A USPS worker delivers packages (source: USPS)
A USPS worker delivers packages (source: USPS)

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The holidays are fast upon us, making Monday, December 20 far from a typical Monday.

While many Americans are working, others are working to get those last-minute gifts and cards out in the mail.

In fact, the United States Postal Service says Monday is the last day to mail things at the standard rate for delivery by Christmas Day. After that, Priority Mail should be used.

Monday is expected to be the busiest day at the Post Office, so if you have to make a stop there, be prepared to wait!

USPS officials say they expect to handle more than 800 pieces of mail; representing a 40% increase in the average daily volume of 559 million.

Monday, December 20 is their recommended deadline for sending cards and letters to arrive in time for Christmas.  Tuesday, December 21 is their recommended deadline for sending packages using Priority Mail.  Wednesday, December 22 is the last day to ship packages using Express Mail.

The United Parcel Service, meanwhile, say Wednesday, December 22 will be their busiest day.  That's when they expect to deliver 24 million packages. They say that's about 60% more deliveries than on typical days.

UPS also anticipates Wednesday will be the busiest day for online tracking of packages.

Most USPS post offices have special or reduced hours on Christmas Eve – Friday, December 24, with most branches closing at noon.

Monday night at 9:00 will be the last time postal workers will pick-up mail from the drop-off stations and automated machines at the Gardiner Lane and Standiford branches.

Those two are the latest collection slots in Kentuckiana.  After Monday's 9:00 pm pick-up at those two branches, you'll have to use Priority mail to make sure those letters and packages make them to their destination in time for Christmas.

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