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Post office: ship holiday packages ASAP

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—For the 237th year, U.S. Postal Service is ready for the holiday season.

It's expecting to deliver 365 million packages this holiday season, a 20-percent increase from last year.

The busiest day at the post office will be December 17th and the busiest day for deliveries will be December 19th.

Diane Riley, La Crosse Postmaster said you should put your items in the smallest box possible and use bubble wrap rather than newspaper as cushion.

"It has little air pockets that gives extra cushioning, protects it when its in route."

Packages go through a long handling process which is why Riley said it's important to pack them properly.

"One thing I would recommend is putting a to and from label inside the package in case the outside label gets torn off," Riley said. "In case it was not to get to the place its supposed to go they could identify it by the contents inside."

The box you put it in can make a difference too.

Depending on the weight of your package you might be better off using a Flat Rate Box.

"This package here weighs over 6.5 pounds," Larry Potter, Postal worker said. "If you were mailing it to Madison or anywhere in the mid west it would be $9.50.  But if you put it in a flat rate box it goes up."

But if you're sending that same 6.5 pound package to California it would cost you $21.80; in that case it would be cheaper to send it in a medium flat rate box for $11.35.

A general rule of thumb to follow, if you're shipping with in the Midwest, is anything over ten pounds should be in a medium or large flat rate box if it fits.

Flat Rate Boxes can hold up to 70 pounds

A few dates to keep in mind if you want to make sure your domestic package arrives by Christmas:

  • First Class Mail should be sent by December 20
  • Priority Mail should be sent by December 21
  • Express Mail should sent by December 22
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