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Expect USPS mail delivery and all shipping carrier times to slow down through the holiday season of 2021. Big Boy Bamboo packages sent this holiday season may take longer to deliver, so order early!
From CNET.com: Your USPS mail is about to get slower and more expensive. What to know now:
If you already feel like your mail is taking longer to deliver, you may be in for a bumpy ride with the new delivery changes. The new service standards for first-class mail and packages, which started Oct. 1, lengthen the delivery time for about 30% of its volume. That means that letters, parcels and magazine subscriptions traveling longer distances could take up to five days to arrive, instead of two or three days.
There was a price increase in August and the Postal Service just temporarily increased the cost to ship a parcel during the holiday season. The current changes are part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's 10-year Delivering for America plan to overhaul the agency and try to tackle its massive debt. Besides lengthening mail timetables and raising rates, DeJoy's plan, which has generated controversy, also reduces post office hours.