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Tampa, Florida -- Procrastinators rejoice! You still have a few more days to... procrastinate.

Some of the big holiday mail deadlines are still several days away, but time is running out.

Monday, Dec. 10 is the busiest day for FedEx, which estimates it will process 19 million shipments, twice its daily norm. More people are sending mail via FedEx, with an estimated 10 percent increase this holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, FedEx says it expects to process 280 million shipments.

The US Postal Service is also expecting an increase in mail this holiday season, with an estimated 20 percent bump projected this year. USPS says it expects to process 365 million packages. Monday, Dec. 17 is expected to be the USPS's busiest day for cards and packages.

Here are the deadlines to keep in mind:

USPS Christmas arrival Deadlines:
Tues, Dec. 11: last day Express Mail International
Fri, Dec. 14: last day Parcel Post
Mon, Dec. 17: last day to ship to Military
Wed, Dec. 19: last day for most International shipping
Thurs, Dec. 20: last day for 1st Class Mail
Fri, Dec. 21: last day Priority Mail
Sat, Dec. 22: last day Express Mail

UPS Christmas arrival Deadlines:
Thurs, Dec. 20: UPS Next Day Air arrives Dec 21
                         UPS Second Day Air arrives Dec 24
Fri, Dec. 21: UPS Next Day Air arrives Dec 24
                    UPS Second Day Air arrives Dec 26

FedEx Christmas arrival Deadlines:
Mon, Dec. 17: Last Day to ship for Christmas Delivery via FedEx Ground
Sat, Dec. 22: Last Day to ship for Christmas Delivery via FedEx Express

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