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USPS Announces Shipping Deadlines

8:55 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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WFMY -- The U.S. Postal Service wants to make sure your holiday mail and packages are delivered on time.

Here are the mailing and shipping deadlines the USPS wants you to keep in mind:

  • Nov. 12:  APO/FPO Military Standard Post
  • Dec. 2:  Priority Mail International
  • Dec. 10:  APO/FPO Military Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 10:  Priority Mail Express International
  • Dec. 14:  Standard Post
  • Dec. 16:  Global Express Guaranteed
  • Dec. 17:  Priority Mail Express Military Service
  • Dec. 20:  First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 21:  Priority Mail
  • Dec. 23:  Priority Mail Express

For a complete list of shipping deadlines, click here.

Carl Walton, with the USPS, also wanted to remind customers they can download the USPS Mobile App on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.

The App allows customers to track packages via a tracking number or by scanning a barcode, find a Post Office location, order free shipping supplies and more.

Walton also had a few more helpful tips to make sure your gifts arrive safely:

Remove batteries from toys and other electronic devices. Wrap and place them next to the item in the mailing box.

Place a card inside the package that contains both the delivery and return addresses. This ensures the safe return of an item if the mailing label becomes damaged or falls off. 

Include both "to" and "from" information on only one side of your packages.

Always use a return address.

Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents. 

Do not reuse mailing boxes because they can weaken in the shipping process. 

Stuff glass and fragile, hollow items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material, so they aren't damaged.

And when you mail framed photographs, take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately. 

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