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Busiest time of year to ship packages

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With the holidays just around the corner, the U.S. Postal Service and other shipping companies are doing their best to get all those envelopes and packages to their destination on time. Our Alexa Green tells us some steps you can take to ensure your holiday gifts arrive safely.

BROOME COUNTY N.Y. -- With the holiday shopping season is in full swing, shipping companies are busier than ever. Boxes are being packed, taped and shipped off to their final destination.

"It has been nonstop since I walked through the door. We have packages to the ceiling," said Sean Harrigan, owner of Endwell Pack and Mail.

The biggest mistake U.S. postal employees say they see is packages that aren't taped completely. They suggest double checking to make sure those boxes are sealed. Also, if your package is fragile, there are extra precautions you should take.

"Using popcorn, Styrofoam popcorn or bubble wrap. Anything fragile, you want to make sure you package very, very well. Newspaper is not always a good idea," advised Vestal Postmaster Tim Gwardyak.

Another thing to keep in mind this holiday season is to ship those packages early. Not only does that ensure that it will get to your destination on time, but could save you cash as well.

"The faster you get it in, the less expensive it's going to be. We can get it there for Christmas if you bring it in the 23rd, but we have to do it next day air and it's big money. People are spending enough money on the gift," Harrigan added.

And keep in mind, the longer you wait to ship your holiday gifts, the longer you might have to wait in line.

"Today's bad as far as people in line, which we expect and we're glad that they're here. Over the next couple of weeks and even a few days before Christmas, we expect it to be busy," Gwardyak said.

So if you have those holiday packages ready to go, give yourself and the shipping companies a break and send them out early.

Officials also want to remind you that sending any alcoholic beverages is prohibited. While wine or other liquors may be a popular holiday gift, it is illegal to ship them.

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