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FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service all expect to ship record amounts of packages this year. Here FedEx employees pull boxes from a conveyor belt to fill their delivery trucks in a sorting facility in the Bronx. (Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The three major shipping carriers in the country suggest you get your packages on the truck by the week before Christmas if you want them to arrive on time.

And speed is important. Shipping carriers have said they expect to deliver record amounts of packages this year to coincide with an increase in holiday and online sales.

The U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx are expecting a more than 10 percent increase in the number of items mailed over last year. The USPS alone said it expects to ship 15.5 billion letters and flat packages and another 600 million packages during the holiday season.

All three shipping services said to expect delays during the busy holiday season and to ship packages as soon as possible.

The last day for on-time shipping depends on how much you’re willing to pay. For the cheapest delivery options, Dec. 15 is the cut-off day for both the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx for their standard services.

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