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USPS urging Mainers to ship holiday gifts ASAP

WGME Portland 11/28/2022 Ariana St Pierre, WGME
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The U.S. Postal Service has announced its shipping deadlines for the rest of the holiday season.

USPS officials say items should be sent as soon as possible.

In order to make it to its destination by Christmas Eve, the retail ground service deadline is December 17.

While Priority Mail service is December 19 and Priority Mail express is December 22.

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Be prepared for some temporary price adjustments this year.

USPS says price increases depend on the weight of packages and the length required for delivery.

Commercial Priority Mail packages are up 75 cents and heavy, long-distance deliveries will see price hikes up to $6.50.

The price hikes will remain in effect until January 22, 2023.

If you're trying to save a buck or two, ship early and consider flat rate boxes.

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