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Post office prepares for busiest shipping day of the year

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The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up for its busiest shipping day of the year and is offering reminders to consumers looking to get their packages to family and friends on time.

The next few days are expected to be very busy, with USPS officials anticipating 658 pieces of mail compared to 528 million pieces on an average day.

Consumers are urged to use complete mailing addresses on holiday mail -- including apartment numbers, directional indicators and zip codes.

Officials say Thursday is the last recommended day to send mail expected to arrive before Christmas Eve. After that, USPS recommends the two-day Priority Mail service or overnight Express Mail.

U.S. Postal Service expects to have delivered 17.9 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

A few other do's and don'ts before you ship:


--- Wrap in durable paper

--- Include return addresses

--- Use box and cushioning

--- Mail early!

--- Take batteries out of electronics


--- Include perfume or cologne

--- Use box with markings

--- Use newspaper or popcorn

--- Leave flaps unsealed

Information from The Associated Press and Alcides Segui was used in this report.

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