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US Postal Service, FedEx, UPS shipping deadlines for holiday gifts

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If you’re thinking about ordering holiday gifts online or going to the post office to mail presents, don’t delay. 

The U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service and FedEx are urging shoppers to mail gifts as soon as possible to ensure packages arrive on time for the holidays amid COVID-19 pandemic-related shipping delays.

Slower shipping has plagued the postal service since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when it indefinitely extended Priority Mail’s two- and three-day services to three and four days. 

More:USPS mail delivery is about to get permanently slower and temporarily more expensive

Through Dec. 26, it also has temporarily increased its prices on domestic commercial and retail packages. The increases range from 25 cents to $5.

The postal service’s busiest time of the year begins two weeks before Christmas, so it’s best to make sure anything truly time-sensitive is mailed before then.

The private delivery services, meanwhile, are getting ready for the rush. This weekend in the Des Moines metro, UPS is looking to hire around 400 seasonal workers during the company’s annual “Brown Friday” holiday hiring event. 

More:Supply chain issues could impact your holiday shopping. Here’s how Des Moines shop owners are preparing

Packages await sorting at a U.S. Postal Service facility.

“Many of those who attend one of our job fairs through Saturday will be hired by Monday, and many of those hired will be offered permanent jobs when the holidays are over,” UPS Chief Human Resources Officer Darrell Ford said in a statement.

Here’s a guide to when to mail to ensure packages are received by Dec. 25.

More:Closed on Thanksgiving: Des Moines metro malls, retailers skip early in-person Black Friday shopping hours for second year





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