CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Monday is set to be the busiest mailing day of the year.
From packages, to cards, to letters, 640 million pieces of mail are expected to be shipped today.
The busy season at USPS hubs started Thanksgiving day. An estimated 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year's eve.
12.7 billion are expected be delivered from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.
Last year, 14.7 billion pieces were delivered.
"This whole week is just going to phenomenal," said Charleston Postmaster Tim Shaw. "It's our season. We've got packages coming in. We've got Christmas cards coming in tonight. We're ready for it. Like Postmaster General says in the commercials, this is our season. We're ready."
During the holiday season, 553 million pieces of mail are delivered daily. That's up from the average 523 million pieces delivered every day, regularly.
607 million pieces of mail were processed during the holiday season last year.
To help combat the rush, the national operations center started staffing around the clock on December 3, seven days a week to monitor and coordinate mail transportation nationwide.
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