What you need to know about shipping this holiday season

Busiest Time for Holiday Shipping- Part 4

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - The lines may be longer than usual now at different US Postal Service locations, but rest assured: Behind the scenes, things are being done to make the holiday mailings go smoothly.

"We're making every available effort to make sure that we have the windows covered," said Carolina Forest Station Manager Adam Gutierrez. "We're putting people out in the lobby to assist packing those products, and sealing your boxes for you. Making sure they're properly addressed."

It doesn't stop there, as the Carolina Forest Station has been dubbed "The Holiday Hub," which means it is the Grand Strand's "Grand Central Station" for packages. All the packages throughout the area are sent there before being directly mailed out to the different destinations. This skips over the extra steps of going through Florence, and speeds up the shipping process.

But if you haven't been to the post office yet, still get ready to wait. There have been lines starting before the post office even opens. One man saw how long the line was, and immediately walked out. He tells WMBF News it's best to find less crowded places.

"I got a long line in there," explained Tom Gayer. "And I realized I could go to Coastal Carolina, their post office which has much shorter lines. All I'm doing is mailing cards."

This is the busiest time of the year for mailing. Nationwide, the U.S. Postal Service expects to push out 15 billion cards, letters, and packages this holiday season. Gutierrez expects Monday to be a record-breaking day for the Carolina Forest station, since it is the deadline for packages being sent through the Parcel Post Service.

The other deadlines this week are:

First Class Mail – Friday, December 20

Priority Mail – Saturday, December 21

Priority Mail Express – Monday December, 23

The US Post Office will have extra trucks and people working the "Holiday Hub" all the way up to December 25.

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