Customers swarm local post offices to beat mailing deadlines

Monday was expected to be the busiest day for people to drop off holiday packages at the post office to be mailed or shipped, because Tuesday is the deadline to get packages mailed by standard shipping so that it arrives by Christmas.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15 billion cards, letters and packages during this holiday season. Monday was expected to be the busiest day for people to drop off holiday packages at the post office to be mailed or shipped, because Tuesday is the deadline to get packages mailed by standard shipping so that it arrives by Christmas.

To meet the demand, the Postal Service is hiring an extra 30,000 people to help out. Next Monday — December 21 — is expected to be the busiest delivery day, with 30 million packages being delivered.

First News found a steady stream of customers at the Warren Post Office on Monday.

Warren Postmaster Tim Kopcash said, although Tuesday is the deadline for standard shipping, you can still get your packages delivered after that date — for a price.

“Now, the longer you wait, the more expensive it gets,” he said.

The deadline for First Class and Global Express Guaranteed is Saturday, December 19. Priority Mail is Monday, December 21, and you can ship Priority Mail Express until December 23, although that is the most expensive.

If you plan on buying stamps at the post office, you can combat the long lines by using the post office’s kiosks.

The Postal Service is projecting an 11 percent increase in packages delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve over last year.

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