Holiday mail call: Monday is the busiest shipping day of the year

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If you’re planning to go to the post office Monday, you should be ready to wait in line.

The U.S. Postal Service says it'll be the busiest shipping day of the year as many people will send off their holiday cards and packages. The post office says it handled some 640 million cards, letters and packages on the same day a year ago, according to the USPS on Facebook.

The Postal Service expects to deliver about 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, including about 600 million packages – which is about 10 percent more than last year, USPS said in a news release.

The Postal Service is once again delivering packages on Sundays during the holiday season in many markets in the country, including the Twin Cities.

The move to seven-day package delivery is part of the Postal Service’s effort to keep pace with UPS and FedEx. All of them are seeing big boosts in business because of the growth of online shopping.

Get your packages delivered on time

It's getting down to crunch time if you haven't yet sent your mail out of town or out of the country.

The Postal Service says Dec. 19 is the deadline to make sure they’re delivered in time for Christmas, according to a news release. However, last-minute shoppers have until Dec. 23 to ship packages using priority mail express.

Full details can be found here.

Deadlines for military mail are quite a bit earlier; you can find those details here.

Other shipping companies are expecting a big crush of business in the next 10 days as well. UPS is predicting a 10 percent increase in its holiday season shipping.

UPS said its biggest delivery day will be Tuesday, Dec. 22, when it'll handle 36 million packages. That's up from 35 million last year, and double the normal daily average of 18 million deliveries.

And FedEx expects to handle 317 million deliveries during the holiday season, an increase of 12 percent over last year.

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