Today is the deadline to ship packages by USPS Retail Ground for Christmas delivery, and other shipping deadlines for domestic delivery will pass soon.

Atlanta-based UPS has its first deadline coming up on Monday, and Federal Express will have its first deadline on Friday.  With the rise in online shopping, the volume of packages has boomed over the past few years.

“The Postal Service will handle approximately 750 million packages this holiday season, an increase of more than 12 percent over last year,” USPS said in a release on holiday shipping. “This is double the volume of packages handled just four years ago.”

UPS also will deliver a record number of packages this season.

It forecasts it will have delivered more than 700 million packages, up 14 percent. It will use about 95,000 seasonal workers to get those gifts to the right person, and it expects to receive more than 200 million tracking requests on Dec. 21 alone.

Anyone wanting to send a Christmas card first class must have it in the mail by Tuesday. Anything going by Priority Mail should be sent by Wednesday. The final day to send something by Priority Mail Express for Christmas delivery is Dec. 23.

UPS deadlines are set for delivery by Dec. 23, shippers’ last normal delivery date before Christmas.

Packages shipped by 3 Day Select must be out by Monday. Wednesday is the final day to ship by 2nd Day Air with normal delivery. Packages may be shipped as late as Dec. 22 for Saturday delivery by 2nd Day Air.

Next Day Air with Saturday delivery will be available as late as Dec. 23.

Friday is the deadline to ship by FedEx for ground or home delivery. Monday is the deadline for Express Saver, and Wednesday is the final day to ship for 2Day shipping.

Overnight shipping can go as late as Dec. 22, and standard SameDay can be shipped on Dec. 23.


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