US Postal Service announces holiday shipping dates

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The US Postal Service is gearing up to help customers ship some 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas.

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It’s also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards.

To make sure your package is delivered on time, the agency suggests sending gifts a little early.

Taking advantage of the postal services online postage and free package pick-up may help as well.

Check out usps.com for recommended mailing and shipping dates for holiday cards and gifts.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:
Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International
Dec. 2 – Priority Mail International
Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International
Dec. 15 – Standard Post
Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed
Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express


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