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Postal Service, UPS busy today with last minute shipping

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With just 5 days until Christmas, Post Offices are packed with those trying to make sure gifts arrive in time. (WFSB) With just 5 days until Christmas, Post Offices are packed with those trying to make sure gifts arrive in time. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

People spent Tuesday shipping Christmas gifts, but time is running out to get presents sent out before the holiday. 

The Postal Service said Tuesday was the last day for using first class mail and guaranteeing a Christmas delivery. People can still use priority, but they along with UPS said the longer you wait, the more you'll pay.  

With Christmas less than a week away, Manjit Singh said he's had a lot of practice, boxing up and shipping out packages.

"Do not wait any longer, because UPS, Fed Ex, USPS, everybody is getting chockablock full and its difficult to get everyone in on time,” Singh said. “The sooner you make a decision to ship, the better it is."

His UPS store on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven has seen a constant stream of gift givers and they're not alone.  Plenty were trying to make sure their precious presents get to their destination in time for Sunday.

"I have some baked good going. My favorite bakery is in Hamden,” Rita Smith/Milford, said. “[I] wanted to get it fresh in there and get it down in times for the Holidays."

According to Tom Sullivan, who is the postmaster in New Haven, mail carriers nationwide will be delivering an expected 33 million packages this Thursday.  That's why they've even added staff.

“Yesterday was absolutely our busiest day of the season,” Sullivan said. “We had customers all day from open to close."

Wednesday was pretty steady too and with good reason.

"Today is the last day you want to use first class to get your package them by Christmas.  After tomorrow Priority Mail pretty much ends and we're suggesting for everybody to use Priority Express, our guaranteed overnight product,” Sullivan said. “Want it there by Christmas? Use Priority Express starting on Thursday."

Even though she had a little time to spare, Rosa Richardson, wasn't going to take a chance when it came to mailing her grandson's gift down to Georgia.

"I used the priority mail,” Rosa Richardson, of New Haven, said. "I procrastinated. I waited until the last minute, so I'm glad they're going have it for Christmas

The Postal Service said they'll even have carriers out delivering packages on Sunday.

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