USPS Do’s And Don’t’s When Sending Holiday Packages

Posted: Dec 05, 2013 9:52 PM EST

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- The U.S. Postal Service projects 15 billion pieces of mail, including cards and packages, will be delivered this holiday season.  That’s a 12 percent increase than last year.  However, your packages won’t ship if they aren’t packaged properly.

420 million packages are expected to ship out for the holidays, but there are some rules to follow to make sure they’re sent secure and on time.

“Proper addressing, making sure the package is packaged properly.  You do all those kind of things and we’re going to do everything we can in our power to get that package delivered to your loved ones,” said Roger Humphries, customer relations coordinator of the U.S. Postal Service in Omaha.

The USPS suggests adding some cushion so nothing breaks.

“Make sure you have proper package inside using peanuts, popcorn, newspaper.  Anything that would help soften the blow if something hits on the outside of the package,” said Humphries.

When sending a package, you’ll always want to use a sturdy, durable box sealed with tape.  That way all of the items inside will stay secure.

“We also like to see you put an address inside because if the label comes off, that way if a package comes, we’re able to determine where that package needs to go,” said Humphries.

Not everything can be shipped.  Some things that aren’t allowed include alcohol, perfume and lithium batteries.

The USPS is also discounting packages for families and friends of those serving in the military.  You can save $2 on all large priority mail flat rate boxes.  USPS suggests getting your mailing done by the 14th so gifts and cards make their destinations on time.