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No time left to mail parcel post packages for Christmas delivery

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 11:28 pm

FAIRBANKS — Interior Alaska residents who still haven’t mailed Christmas packages to relatives in the Lower 48 have run out of time to do it using the inexpensive parcel post method.

Local Postmaster Hal Barber said the ground-based transportation system typically takes at least three weeks to deliver a package between Alaska and the rest of the U.S.

“If you order something by parcel post right now, you’re not going to get it by Christmas,” he said.

The best option now is to use priority mail, which usually takes three or four days to get to the Lower 48, Barber said. By mid-week, he said express mail probably will be the best option to assure packages are at their destination by Dec. 25.

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