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Shipping and delivery companies urge customers to ship packages early

Christmas is just weeks away and many people are already shipping packages.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 5:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many people are heading to the post office, hoping to ship their packages in time for Christmas.

Shipping and delivery providers said the holiday season is the busiest time of the year for them. They encourage people to ship their packages as soon as possible.

One customer said that in the past, she has had to wait in line for more than an hour just to drop off a package. So this year, she decided to beat the crowds.

"When everybody else is out on Black Friday, I'm in the Post Office with no lines and it's all done," said Helen-Carol Brown, Eugene resident.

KEZI 9 News reached out to shipping and delivery providers to see how you can get the most bang for your buck.

The United State Postal Service and USP said pricing for shipment is determined by the weight and size of the package. They said the distance of travel will also play a part in the cost.

Both companies said the cost of shipping by retail ground is cheaper.

The U.S. Postal Service offers a Priority Mail option. Customers can stuff their shipping box, up to 70 lbs, and mail it out for a flat rate. The cost of shipping is determined by the size of the box.

UPS also offers discounts to people with AAA, members of the AARP, and military personnel.

Shipment and delivery companies encourage customers to ship packages early and account for weather delays and delays due to the high volume of packages.

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