Postal Service reminds of important shipping deadlines

By David G. Rupert

Special to The SUN

While retail stores were busy on Black Friday, the U.S. Postal Service is looking for big results from Cyber Monday — and the rest of the month — from Internet sales and personal shipping.

A record parcel season is expected this year. About 470 million packages are expected to be delivered this holiday season, up about 12 percent from last year.

Other interesting facts about this holiday season and the Postal Service:

• Approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages will be processed this holiday season.

• Three million people will use to print their postage and leave their parcel for their carrier to pick up.

Mail-by dates

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

• Dec. 2 — Priority mail international.

• Dec. 10 — APO/FPO military priority mail and first-class mail.

• Dec. 15 — Standard post (ground).

• Dec. 17 — Military priority mail express.

• Dec. 20 — First-class letters and priority packages.

• Dec. 23 — Domestic priority mail express.