Holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching

The U.S. Postal Service expects to make more than 15 million deliveries by this Christmas Eve

The U.S. Postal Service expects to make more than 15 million deliveries by this Christmas Eve. With more people shopping online, FedEx and UPS are also expecting a large volume of packages this month.
Deanna Koralesky says she made sure to drop off her international shipments to the U.S. Postal Service early.

“I just sent two packages to some family friends in Scotland and it will get there in seven to tendays and then their post office will take over so it will get there for Christmas for sure,” Koralesky said.

The La Crosse post office wants every package to be delivered in time for the big day.

“This is the time were we shine this is what we prepare for is the holiday season and we’ve hired some seasonal, holiday employees,” Joel Packer the Post Master General of La Crosse, said.

Initially, Packer was expecting to handle thirty percent more packages than last year. He said now his estimate has changed.

“We’re still kind of young in the season here. We’ve got a couple weeks left but we are quite a bit over that thirty percent,” Packer said.

To accommodate all of those shipments the post office is doing something they’ve never done before.

“We’re going to be open our retails on Sundays on the 14th and the 21st,” Packer said.

The local UPS is also working to accommodate costumers.

“Not only do we ship stuff out but we will package it for them if you’re shipping a high value item not sure how to get it there safely in one piece, bring it in we can package it up for you,” Jackie Schiffler, a UPS associate said.

UPS associates say they expect everything to run smoothly but advise everyone to ship early because you can never predict what a Midwest winter will have in store.

“We cannot guarantee package delivery when there is an act of God according to the weather here,” Schiffler said.

No matter who you are shipping through experts advises people to be sure to ship before Dec. 15, if they are shipping within the U.S.

For expected delivery of holiday mail and packages by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:
Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International
Dec. 15 – Standard Post
Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed
Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)
Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express (domestic)

For shipping with FedEx within the U.S.:
Dec. 12: Last day to ship via FedEx SmartPost
Dec. 17: Last day to ship via FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground
Dec. 20: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver
Dec. 22: Last day to ship via FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M.
Dec. 23: Last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx First Overnight
Dec. 25: Last day to ship via FedEx SameDay

For shipping with UPS within the U.S.:
Dec. 22: Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air
Dec. 23: Last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air