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What you need to know before you ship

If you are shipping via UPS, you must send your packages by December 21st for them to arrive by Christmas. UPS delivery drivers will be working through Saturday, December 23rd to ensure packages arrive on time. (Photo Credit: WLOS Staff).{ }

As we count down to Christmas, a little local guidance can help make sure your gifts arrive on time.

We were live Friday morning with Benny Upton, manager of a local UPS Store. He shared some tips to keep in mind when packing your gifts to ship.

If you are shipping via UPS, you must send your packages by December 21 for them to arrive by Christmas. UPS delivery drivers will be working through Saturday, December 23rd to ensure packages arrive on time.

Upton says it may cost you more if you wait, depending on the size of the package and distance it must travel.

You should also be prepared to answer a few questions when you ship. "We'll need to know who's shipping it - your return address. Where it's going. What's in the box. How much that item is worth and any special instructions that may be associated with it, like accelerated shipping," says Upton.

If you have not already packaged your items for shipping, you can leave it to the UPS employees. "Certified Packing Experts" are trained to do the packing. UPS offers protection against loss or damage through the company's "pack and ship guarantee."

Upton say about 750 million packages will be handled by UPS this Christmas season.


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