SALT LAKE CITY — Few things can bring a smile to the face of U.S. servicemen and women faster than a package from home. Ensuring those serving in the nation's armed and diplomatic services receive their holiday mail in time is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service, which encourages customers to mail early.Comment on this story
Holiday packages going to military addresses in Iraq and Afghanistan should be in the mail by Monday — all other military addresses by Dec. 11. For international destinations, mail-by dates range from Thursday to Dec. 9, depending on the country.
The Postal Service anticipates delivering more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season, including a record-breaking 850 million packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to the same time last year. More than 6 million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday in large cities and where volumes warrant during the holiday season. In Utah alone, a record 7.3 million packages are expected to be delivered during the holidays.