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Shipping news: FedEx, Postal Service expect more business this holiday season

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at 7:08 a.m.

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FedEx

280 million —- Estimated number of packages it will ship between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Dec. 10 — is expected to be its busiest day, with 19 million packages shipped worldwide.

$11 — cost to ship a 3-pound package from Wichita to New York

$71 — cost to ship same package priority overnight

Ground shipping deadline: Dec. 17

Last-minute shipping deadline: Dec. 22

Deadline for shipping to troops overseas: Dec. 12

UPS

527 million — Estimated number of packages it will ship between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Dec. 20 — is expected to be its busiest day, with 28 million packages shipped worldwide.

$12 — cost to ship a 3-pound package from Wichita to New York

$71 — cost to ship same package Next Day Air

Ground shipping deadline: Dec. 18

Last-minute shipping deadline: Dec. 21

Deadline for shipping to troops overseas: UPS does not deliver to troops stationed overseas who have an APO, or Army Post Office, address.

U.S. Postal Service

365 million — Estimated number of packages it will ship between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Dec. 17 — busiest day for mailing packages. Busiest days for delivery are Dec. 19 and 20.

$9 — cost to ship a 3-pound package from Wichita to New York

$40 — cost to ship same package two-day Express

Ground shipping deadline: Dec. 14

Last-minute shipping deadline: Dec. 22

Deadline for shipping to troops overseas: Deadline was Dec. 3 for troops serving in Afghanistan; Dec. 10 for others.

Count on this holiday season to be a busier one for shippers.

The U.S. Postal Service estimates it will see a 20 percent increase in the number of packages it handles between Thanksgiving and Christmas, while officials at FedEx expect an almost 10 percent increase.

A lot of that increased shipping activity will come from online shoppers, FedEx spokesman Chris Stanley said.

As is the case every holiday season, the sooner a package is shipped, the better the chances the recipient will receive his or her gift in time for Christmas, said UPS spokesman John Sequerth.

Here’s a list of deadlines for when to get those packages shipped, including the least and most costly shipping options for the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS.

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