Will we see mail delays for the 2021 holidays? U.S. Postal Service recommends sending packages early

If you've done any online shopping throughout the pandemic, then you may have already experienced firsthand the effects of C19-related supply chain disruptions.

COVID-related factory closures and factories working at reduced capacity have led to a supply shortage. Issues in the transportation business mean products are more expensive and take longer to get to their destination.

Now, as shopping picks up as we are near the holiday season, the problems are becoming more pronounced. To ensure your holiday gifts arrive on time, order early. 

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25:

US Continental 

Nov. 6 - USPS Retail Ground service Military Mail

Dec. 9 - Priority Mail and First-Class Military Mail

Dec. 15 - USPS Retail Ground service

Dec. 16 - Priority Mail Express Military Mail service

Dec. 18 - First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)

Dec. 18 - First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

Dec. 20 - Priority Mail service

Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express service

Alaska

Dec. 18 - Alaska to/from Continental U.S.- First-Class Mail

Dec. 18 - Alaska to/from Continental U.S.- Priority Mail

Dec. 21 - Alaska to/from Continental U.S.- Priority Mail Express

Hawaii

Dec. 17 - Hawaii to/from mainland--Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 21 - Hawaii to/from mainland--Priority Mail Express