Monday is the busiest mailing day of the holidays

December 14, 2013 

One million cards and packages are expected to be mailed by Idahoans on Monday.

State postal officials project the number of packages shipped this holiday season will surpass last year's total by 16 percent. The estimated number of cards and letters dropped off for mailing Monday will be three times that of an average day.

“We encourage our customers to get those cards and packages in the mail as soon as possible, and to take advantage of time- and money-saving options, like shipping packages online at usps.com or using one of our self-service kiosks,” Boise Postmaster Dan Corral said in a release.

Kiosks allow customers to buy stamps and weigh and mail cards and packages 24 hours a day. The machines accept debit and credit cards and can be found at five post offices in Boise, at the Main, Cole Village, Five Mile, Overland and Borah offices. They are also available at Treasure Valley post offices in Garden City, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell. Nationally, the Postal Service expects to deliver 420 million packages this holiday season, a 12 percent increase from last year. Overall, the Postal Service projects to handle nearly 15 billion cards, packages and letters between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

Thursday is expected to be the busiest delivery day of the year for packages. Suggested mail-by dates for cards and packages destined for U.S. addresses are: next Friday for first-class mail, Saturday for Priority Mail, and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express. For international destinations, Global Express Guaranteed is available through Wednesday for most countries and Thursday if mailing to Canada.

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