Holiday season

Know these local shipping times for the holiday season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – We’re only a week away from Christmas. The holiday season is in full swing, and so is the latest race to gift friends and family across the United States.

The US Postal Service said this is expected to be the busiest week of the year for holiday shipping. The Postal Service plans to sort over 2 billion pieces of mail.

Deadlines for sending gifts before Christmas are also approaching for UPS, FedEx and other shipping companies.

For UPS, December 21 is the deadline for 3-day pick service when shipping to the United States. The 2-day service deadline is December 22 and the next day service deadline is December 23.

“It’s been a lot busier this year, so every time you come expect there to be a line, especially late afternoon,” said Jed Long, Springfield UPS Worker . “It’s the last weekend before Christmas. Everyone is off and you know everything they did before returning to work for the week.

As for the deadlines for USPS, Saturday, December 18 is the last day to ensure priority mail orders will arrive before Christmas Day. The last priority express for USPS is December 23.

For FedEx, the last day for express saver is Tuesday, December 21 and the same day is Friday, December 24.

UPS says to take advantage now and ship your gifts quickly to avoid any delays. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan to avoid any delays.

“My sister, my mother and my father live in South Carolina, and my sister takes care of my parents. She comes to visit me between Christmas and New Years, and we have this medical device that we hopefully need before she leaves. It will make everyone’s life a lot easier there,” said vacation dispatcher Sherry Williams.

“My son called me and reminded me it was getting late the other night,” sender Nancy Ford said. “I think they appreciate it, I try to send on Halloween and Thanksgiving. They seem to like getting mail.

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