Busiest week of current year at USPS facilities across the country


Everyone is on deck for the US Postal Service during one of the busiest shipping weeks of the year!

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Bob Barnard of FOX 5 visited the Northern Virginia fulfillment and distribution center in Merrifield, Va. Where the work never stops.

APPROACH TO SHIPPING DEADLINES FOR FEDEX, UPS, USPS CUSTOMERS

Bob says two million letters and 200,000 packages will leave the facility just Friday. Local packages will be delivered in the morning and out of town mail will leave this evening.

Much of the process is automated, but staff are required for letters and packages that cannot be processed by machine.

FedEx Express

  • FedEx 1 Day Freight – Tuesday December 21
  • FedEx 2 Day Freight – Wednesday December 22
  • FedEx 3 Day Freight – Tuesday December 21
  • Express Saver – Tuesday, December 21
  • 2 days and 2 days AM – Wednesday December 22
  • Night services – Thursday, December 23
  • FedEx Same Day – Fri Dec 24

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FedEx on the ground

  • FedEx Ground Economy – Thursday December 9
  • FedEx Ground and home delivery – Wednesday, December 15

FedEx Freight

  • FedEx Freight Economy – Thursday December 9
  • FedEx Freight Priority – Wednesday December 15
  • FedEx Freight Direct – Wednesday December 15

UPS

  • UPS Ground Standard Shipping and Services – Check website for a Quote
  • UPS 3-Day Select and Worldwide Expedited – Tuesday, December 21
  • UPS Day 2 Airline Services and UPS Worldwide Express (US to Mexico) – Wednesday, December 22
  • UPS Next Day Airline and UPS Worldwide Express (US to Canada) – Thursday, December 23
  • No Pickup Service, UPS Holidays – Fri Dec 25

UPS service guarantee remains suspended for most services due to COVID-19

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USPS (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)

  • USPS Retail Ground Service – Wednesday, December 15
  • First Class Courier Service – Fri December 17 (including greeting cards)
  • First Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces) – Fri Dec 17
  • Priority Mail Service – Sat Dec 18
  • Priority Mail Express – Thursday, December 23

USPS (Alaska)

  • First Class Mail and Priority Mail – Sat December 18
  • Priority Mail Express – Tuesday, December 21

USPS (Hawaii)

  • Priority Mail and First Class Mail – December 17
  • Priority Mail Express – December 21

APO / FPO / DPO Addresses (Air Post Office / Army / Fleet Post Office / Diplomatic Post Office)

  • USPS Retail Ground Service – November 6
  • Priority Mail and First Class Mail – December 9
  • Priority Mail Express – Thursday, December 16


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