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Video: US Postal Service deadline for regular holiday shipping is Thursday


GLORIA RIVIERA, ABC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>DOES THIS SOUND LIKE? YOU BOUGHT THE PERFECT GIFT FOR GRANDMA, TELL YOURSELF TO HEAD TO THE POST OFFICE TOMORROW, YOU LOOK UP A WEEK LATER AND REALIZE IT’S ONLY 11 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.>>Leslie: DON’T WORRY IF IT IS HAPPENING TO YOU. WE’VE BEEN THERE AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. ITEMS TO BE PLACED UNDER THE TREE ARE COMIN QUICK.>>Josh: ON THE NORTHEAST SIDE, JOSH, GOOD MORNING, THIS IS THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE’S BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR, RIGHT?>>MONDAY SHOULD BE THEIR CRAZIEST DAY. GET THIS, 250,000 PACKAGES GOING THROUGH THIS BUILDING ALONE, BUT THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE THE 900,000 PIECES OF MAIL AS WELL. BUT TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO SAVE SOME MONEY AND SHIP USING THEIR BASIC SERVICE TO GET THINGS UNDERNEATH THE TREE IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. IN SAN ANTONIO OVERALL, 2700 POSTAL WORKER ARE WORKING, PUTTING IN THE OVERTIME REALLY GETTING THE ENVELOPES, PACKAGES, WEIGHTED AND SORTED AND THEN SHIPPED ON THEIR WAY. THEY PREPARE FOR THIS ALL YEAR. SHOULD ARRIVE READY TO GO AS WELL.>>THE BEST THING IS, YOU KNOW, WE’VE GOT OUR AUTOMATED POSTAL CENTERS, OUR KIOSKS THAT WILL ACCEPT PACKAGES, COME PREPARED IF YOU CAN. IF YOU NEED TO LOOK UP ANYTHING, LOOK IT UP, ZIP CODES ON USPS.COM , IN FACT, ON MONDAY, WE’RE EXPECTING ABOUT 7 MILLION CUSTOMERS TO USE USPS.COM .>>THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE, GUYS. TODAY, AS I WAS SAYING, IS THE DEADLINE FOR GROUND. USING FIRST CLASS SERVICE THE 20th. IF YOU’RE WAITING FOR THE LAST MINUTE PRIORITY EXPRESS WILL GET YOUR PACKAGES THERE IN TIME. THESE ALL DATES CHANGE. CHECK ONLINE. GO TO FEDERAL EXPRESS, SPOKES WOMAN SAYS CUSTOMERS SHOULD NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, THEIR DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, DECEMBER 15th. IF YOU WANT TO SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY, FED-EX TWO DAY SERVICE IS GOOD FOR CHRISTMAS ALMOST A WEEK FOR NOW. THE DEADLINE FOR FED-EX EXPRESS OVERNIGHT THE FOLLOWING DAY, IN SELECT MARKETS IF YOU WANT TO PUSH IT, YOU CAN WAIT ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE 22ND BY USING FED-EX OVERNIGHT. U.P.S. VARY ON DISTANCE, RECOMMENDED TO USE ONLINE SHIPPING CALCULATOR TO FIGURE IT OUT, IF YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND PAY MORE. FOUR DAYS FROM NOW, MONDAY, LAST DAY TO SHIP FOR DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY, WEDNESDAY 20th, LAST DAY TO SHIP U.P.S. SECOND DAY AIR PACKAGES TO BE CONFIDENT THEY WILL GET THERE. JUST LIKE THE OTHER, IF YOU’RE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE, SHIPPING U.P.S. NEXT DAY AIR ON FRIDAY 22ND WILL GET IT THERE ON SATURDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY. BUT FOR INTERNATIONAL MILITARY SHIPPING, ALL THESE DATES, THEY GO OUT THE

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