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U.S. Postal Service announces Christmas shipping deadlines

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Oct 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-30 12:15:12-04

The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up to help customers ship 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas.

It’s also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards.

To make sure your package is delivered on time, the agency suggests sending gifts a little early.

Taking advantage of the Postal Service’s online postage and free package pick-up may help as well.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International

Dec. 2 – Priority Mail International

Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International

Dec. 15 – Standard Post

Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed

Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail

Dec. 20 – Priority Mail

Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express