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U.S. Postal Service
Pointers to Prevent Packaging Problems
With nearly 16 billion cards, letters and packages expected to be delivered this holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service has some tips to help gifts get to their destination swiftly, safely and in one piece.
“The Postal Service is making it simpler to ship packages to family and friends this season with Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes, Click-N-Ship and free package pickup,” says Steve Forte, senior vice president, Operations. “And proper addressing and packaging will help us give every gift the service it deserves.”
Save money on Priority Mail and Express Mail prices when mailing online with Click-N-Ship at usps.com/clicknship. And when the package is ready to be shipped, go to usps.com/pickup to schedule free package pickup from home or office. Skip the trip to the Post Office and do all holiday shipping online.
The Postal Service offers free, environmentally friendly Priority Mail and Express Mail boxes and envelopes. These supplies can be ordered at usps.com or picked up at a local Post Office at no charge.
“The best shipping value is our Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes,” says Forte. “No calculating postage or weighing packages is needed. If it fits, it ships, for one low rate.”
The Postal Service also offers pre-packaged shipping products, ReadyPost, sold at local Post Offices for customers needing sturdy, secure boxes and envelopes.
Helpful packaging tips:
Guidelines for addressing envelopes and packages:
The Postal Service recommends the following mail-by dates to ensure your gift arrives on time:
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.