Stamps.com wishes you a prosperous holiday shipping season! A big part of being prepared for this busy time of year is knowing the dates you need to ship in order for packages to arrive on time for the holidays. The United States Postal Service sets holiday shipping cutoff dates for its various mail classes, which we’ve put together in convenient charts so you can plan—and ship—accordingly.
The US Postal Service (USPS) will be delivering packages 7 days a week in major cities and high volume areas starting Monday, November 17. 7 day delivery will continue through the holiday period ending on Thursday, December 25, 2014.
By adding additional delivery days, the USPS hopes to ensure holiday packages are tracked and delivered with ease. The Postal Service is expecting to deliver 450 to 470 million packages this holiday season, up 12% from 2013.
FAQs regarding 7 Day Holiday Package Delivery:
#1 Why is the Postal Service delivering 7 days a week?
Due to package growth, particularly during the holiday season, the Postal Service will deliver packages in major cities and high-volume locations 7 days a week to keep the network clear and moving.
#2 Doesn’t the Postal service already deliver on Sundays?
Yes. The Postal Service currently delivers Priority Mail Express and certain Amazon packages on Sundays. Due to increased package volume, we are expanding the types of packages that will be delivered on Sundays.
#3 How much volume is there expected to be on Sundays?
The Postal Service is expecting double-digit package volume increases this holiday season and will be processing and delivering packages as necessary to keep the network clear and moving.
#4 What kinds of packages can I expect to receive on Sundays?
The types of packages delivered on Sundays will be ultimately dependent on volume levels, however Priority Mail packages will be the primary type delivered to residential customers. It could also include First Class Packages. Customers who live in an area serviced by Amazon Sunday deliveries will continue to receive them on Sunday.
#5 Will letters (First Class Mail) be delivered on Sundays?
No, only packages will be delivered on Sundays. Letters will be delivered on their regular mailing schedule, Mondays through Saturdays.
#6 How do I know if this is taking place in my location?
Decisions to deliver on Sunday takes place at the local level, however due to volume projections it will likely be taking place in most U.S. cities and high volume areas during the holiday season.
#7 If I send a package with expected 2-day delivery on Friday, will it be delivered on Sunday?
Depending on where the package is being sent from and where it’s going, it can take 1-3 days via Priority Mail. Only Priority Mail Express packages and packages as negotiated with Amazon are currently available for expected delivery on Sunday.
#8 Will it cost me extra if a package is delivered on Sunday
No. Unless customers choose to pay for an expedited service at the time of the purchase, they will not be charged extra.