CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — With more than 800 million packages expected to be mailed the next few weeks, chances are you’ll send or receive something this holiday season.
The United States Postal Service estimates that 13 billion pieces of mail and packages are expected to be processed and delivered this holiday season. The busiest week for many processing centers, including the one in Charleston, is December 16 to 21, 2019.
“This is our season, we thrive for this season,” said USPS’s Tracy Darmon. Darmon says the Charleston center will process about 90,000 packages a day in the next few weeks. “We’re ready to take on this challenge and get the mail delivered to our customers on time,” said Darmon.
And while the deadline is fast approaching, USPS said there is still time to make sure your packages get home for the holidays. According to Tad Kelley with the Appalachian District of the United States Postal Service, USPS recommends important dates to customers. Those dates include:
- 12/14: Retail ground
- 12/20: First-class mail
- 12/21: Priority mail
- 12/23: Priority mail express
Kelley offered other helpful tips for the holiday season including:
- Select a durable box to protect the contents; never reuse a box as they weaken in the shipping process.
- Remove batteries from toys. Wrap and place them next to the toys in the mailing box.
- Stuff glass and fragile, hollow items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage. When mailing framed photographs, take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately.
- Leave space for cushioning inside.
“Never guess a ZIP Code,” explained Kelley. “No zip is better than a wrong zip.”
However, Kelley said it is easier for the post office when a zip code is included. You can look up an unknown zip code on the USPS website.