Dec. 19 expected to be busiest mail day of the year as holiday shipping deadlines close

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – More than 4.3 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be mailed in Kansas today, Monday, Dec. 19, the busiest mailing day of the year; that’s 180,000 pieces per hour, 3,000 per minute, or 50 per second. Nationwide, 611 million pieces of mail, 7,000 per second, are expected on the busiest day.

“The best advice I can give customers is to mail early and conveniently,” said Wichita Postmaster Ryon Knopik.

Three Wichita Postal locations have easy to use Self-Service Kiosks in their lobbies that make buying stamps, shipping packages convenient and 24/7:

  • Wichita Corporate Hills Station     9350 E. Corporate Hills Dr.
  • Wichita Downtown Station            330 W. 2nd North
  • Wichita General Mail Facility         7117 W. Harry St.

In addition to the nearly 575 Post Offices in Kansas, there are also a dozen full-service Contract Postal Units, and hundreds of locations to purchase stamps. To find the nearest postal location, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or go to usps.com and click on “Find USPS Locations.”

This holiday season is expected to be a record-breaker for packages with Postal Service carriers delivering 750 million holiday packages nationwide, a 12 percent increase from last year and double the number of holiday packages delivered just four years ago.

Kansas postal carriers are projected to deliver a record 4.6 million packages this holiday season, a 12 percent increase compared to last year.

Virtually all larger Post Offices in Kansas, and across the country, are delivering packages seven days a week through Christmas, and some smaller Post Offices as well where package volumes merit.

Postal customers are encouraged to go to myusps.com to sign up for real time text and email notifications of the status of their packages. If a package doesn’t fit in the mailbox and the customer won’t be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location, with a neighbor, or choose to pick it up at the Post Office.

Thursday, Dec. 22 is expected to be the busiest delivery day of the year for packages with more than 30 million packages being delivered.

Mail-by Dates

You can still ship out cards and packages by Christmas. Suggested mail-by dates for cards and packages destined for U.S. addresses are: Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail, and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express.

It’s not too late to reach international destinations when using either Priority Mail Express International or Global Express Guaranteed Service.

Unfortunately, holiday mail to the military will no longer make it by the Christmas deadline.

Holiday cards and packages destined for military addresses in Iraq/Afghanistan/Middle East should have been in the mail by Dec. 2. Priority Mail Express Military Service is available to all other military addresses and should be mailed no later than Dec. 16. To help the families and friends of U.S. military personnel, the USPS offers a $2 discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes.

Mailing tips, mail-by dates and more can be found online at usps.com/holiday.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.