LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — If you want packages and cards to make it to certain destinations by Christmas, you will have to follow some shipping deadlines.

Last year, amid the pandemic, the United States Postal Service experienced a 25% increase in holiday shipping and package volume. The USPS delivered about 1.1 billion packages. This year, the USPS has hired an additional 40,000 workers to help with the holiday rush.

USPS SHIPPING DEADLINES

  • Dec. 17 – First Class Mail
  • Dec. 17 – First Class packages
  • Dec. 18 – Priority Mail
  • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express

UPS

  • Dec. 15 – UPS Ground
  • Dec. 21 – USP 3 Day Select
  • Dec. 22 – 2nd-Day air services
  • Dec. 23 – Next-Day air services
  • UPS service guarantee suspended for most services due to COVID-19

FedEx

  • Dec. 9 – FedEx Ground Economy
  • Dec. 15 – FedEx Ground and Home Delivery
  • Dec. 21 – Express Saver
  • Dec. 22 – 2 Day
  • Dec. 23 – Overnight Services
  • Dec. 24 – FedEx Same Day

The USPS gave some tips on how to make sure your package arrives at its destination:

  • Use a sturdy box
  • Don’t wrap box in paper — machines can tear it
  • Place a card in the box with the delivery and return address in case the label is damaged
  • Pay attention to batteries and leave extra room to pack cushions for fragile items
  • Require a signature to keep packages from getting stolen