Shipping Deadines for Christmas

December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT

(Hamburg, NY) At the Lind-Hart Mini Ship in Hamburg, customers were lined up waiting to send their holiday packages.

"This is the busy time," says Dave Nyhart, owner for the past 30 years.

He jokes, "This is the season my wife hates because I'm never home."

Lind-Hart Mini Ship is an authorized shipping center for several major carriers like UPS, DHL, and FedEx.

Thanks to increased online sales, companies like UPS and FedEx are seeing increased volume this holiday season.

"We are expecting our biggest shipping day ever," says Chris Stanley, spokesperson for Fedex.

"We are expecting 17-million packages to pass through the FedEx system today and tonight."

Shipping officials warn that holiday packages need to be sent out by the end of the week in order to make it to their destinations by Christmas.

After that, says Dave Nyhart, "You have to start paying for air to get it there in time."

Some mailing deadlines for international packages have already past.

FedEx will continue to accept holiday packages up to Friday December 23rd for a Christmas delivery.

They are also advertising a Christmas Day delivery via its SameDay service.

The United States Post Office is advising customers to have their Christmas Post cards in the mail by Tuesday December 20th.

After that, mailers will have to use a Priority mail or Express Mail service.

More information is available through the company websites.