USPS prepares for busiest week of holiday deliveries

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The United States Postal Service prepares for its busiest week of delivery with Christmas one week away from Tuesday,

USPS expects to deliver nearly three billion pieces of mail and packages nationally over the upcoming week. This estimate comes in anticipation of 15 billion total pieces of mail, including 900 million packages, expected to be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

The agency extended hours for mail delivery earlier this month, which includes delivery on Saturdays and Sundays

"To handle the surge in holiday volume, Post Offices have expanded delivery operations to meet the increased demand through the holiday season,” said USPS spokesperson Sean Hargadon.

USPS recommends these mailing and shipping deadlines in hopes for mail and packages to make it to homes before Christmas Day:

-Dec. 18: APO/FPO/DPO (USPS Priority Mail Express)
-Dec. 20: First-class mail (including greeting cards)
-Dec. 20: First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
-Dec. 20: Priority Mail
-Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express