Shipping gifts more than pack and send

CNJ staff reports

The official holiday season is nearly here. Buying gifts for loved-ones in other cities and countries is only the first step. Next, you have to get the gifts to them.

UPS, FedEx and DHL are all closed on Christmas Day, company representatives said, so you will need to plan to have the package arrive by Dec. 24.

The following domestic shipping options are available from the four main carriers:

Representative from the U.S. Postal Service suggest the following dates for domestic shipping:
• First class service — Dec. 20
• Priority — Dec. 21
• Express — Dec. 23
DHL suggests the following dates for domestic shipping:
• Ground service — Dec. 17
• Second day service — Dec. 21
• Overnight service — Dec. 23
FedEx suggests the following dates for domestic shipping:
• Home delivery — Dec. 17
• Express saver — Dec. 21
• Two day — Dec. 22
• Overnight — Dec. 23
UPS suggests the following dates for domestic shipping:
• Three-day select — Dec. 21
• Second day air — Dec. 22
• Next day air — Dec. 23
With many military personnel currently serving overseas, the carriers offer shipment options.

The US Postal service recommends the following dates to ship overseas and to military personnel: Express shipments should be dropped off by Dec. 20. For partial post air mail, packages should be sent by Dec. 4.

The Postal Service also offer a global express service for non-military shipments, and recommend shipping the package by Dec. 20 and mailing letters by partial post by Dec. 13.

UPS representatives said shipping to military personnel in the Middle East will take four business days, but because of current security concerns you will have to state what the package contains. Company representatives recommends sending your package by Dec. 19 to be delivered before Christmas day.

DHL and FedEx also offer international shipment options.