USPS and the holiday rush, when are the deadlines?

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The United States Postal Service has seen one of the busiest years on record between the pandemic, the election and now the holiday season. If you want your packages to arrive in time for the holidays, you’d better act fast.

If you are planning to ship your Christmas gifts, time is running out.

“We’re getting it done early,” said Scranton resident Frank Valvano.

The US Postal Service is preparing for an increased number of gifts being mailed this holiday season because of the pandemic. The holiday rush is already underway at the USPS in Scranton.

Dozens of customers started their monday morning dropping off packages and picking up boxes to fill and send to their loved ones for the holidays.

“We’re picking up these boxes so we can send Christmas presents to our granddaughters,” said Valvano.

The Valvanos have no worries shipping their presents out-of-state this year.

“I think it’s great, its so exciting you know, knowing that they are going to enjoy it and be thrilled,” said Patricia Valvano, also a Scranton resident.

According to the USPS, beginning this week— “Customer traffic is expected to increase, with the week of Dec. 14-21 predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week.”

USPS says if you want those packages delivered by Christmas, you’ll want to send them no later than Dec. 18 for First-Class letters, Dec. 19 for Priority Mail and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express.

Those we spoke with Monday say they are hopeful their packages make it to their destinations on time. We found a local business owner who sent out 12 packages across the commonwealth.

“I was sending out all my employees their holiday package,” said Mike Nelson, a Moosic resident.

He’s hoping the packages get delivered by Friday.

“I hope I heard a lot of people say in there that they mailed things last week and their package didn’t get there in time, there was a lot of controversy but they are doing their best,” said Nelson.

For more information on these deadlines and shipping options, visit the USPS website.

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