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Postal service announces key holiday shipping dates

USPS locally expecting to handle approximately 110 million letters and cards and 3 million packages from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.

David Weissman
717-505-5431/@DispatchDavid

The United State Postal Service began delivering mail in York seven days a week the Sunday after Thanksgiving in advance of the holiday rush.

In this file photo, rural carriers Randy Buhrman and Amanda Geesey prepare their deliveries for the Christmas rush. (Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

With the local workers expected to handle approximately 110 million cards and letters and 3 million packages during the next few weeks, Sunday delivery will continue through New Year's, according to company spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz.

In a press release, USPS suggested the following mail-in dates for customers aiming for their mail to be delivered by Christmas Day:

  • Dec. 8- Priority Mail Express International
  • Dec. 10- First-Class Mail and Priority Mail to military
  • Dec. 15- Standard Post
  • Dec. 17- Priority Mail Express to military
  • Dec. 19- Global Express Guaranteed and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 21- Priority Mail
  • Dec. 23- Priority Mail Express

For a complete list of deadlines, visit www.usps.com/holiday/.

Self-serve kiosks, where customers can mail packages and purchase stamps with their credit cards, are available 24/7 at the following local locations:

  • 18 High St. in Hanover
  • York East Post Office, 3435 Concord Road
  • York West Post Office, 2150 White St., Suite B

Mazurkiewicz said the kiosks were first introduced in 2004 and have been slowly gaining popularity with the most recent data showing that 1 in 5 credit card transactions at the post office occur via the kiosks. She added that in several post offices during the holiday season, extra workers will be placed in the lobby to assist customers in using the devices.

The press release also offered several packaging tips for its customers:

  • Remove all batteries from electronics
  • Print addresses clearly and in CAPS
  • Label box as 'FRAGILE' if it needs to handled with extra care
  • Never send cash
  • Use strong and sturdy boxes and sturdy envelopes

USPS will handle approximately 15.5 billion letters, cards and packages during the holiday season, according to the release.

Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.