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Holiday shipping checklist

Holiday shipping time is quickly approaching. Are you ready?

If you’re shipping special items to friends or loved ones this holiday season remember to consider the following:

1. Pick the right gift.

Not only do you want to buy a gift they will like, consider the dimensions and weight of the product. Unusual size, weight and fragility can impact the cost of shipping.

2. Take the shake and drop test. 

Is the box sturdy enough and package well enough to survive rough travel?  Ask yourself, Is this item packaged in a way that if shaken or dropped from a height of 4ft will it survive?  If not, let the experts help you with this.

3. Consider Insurance.

The holiday season is hectic. Sometimes things get broken, lost or stolen.  Be sure to ask about options to cover the items you ship.

4. Mind the Deadlines. 

As the holidays approach, check out your local postal office for regular updates about specific shipping dates to make sure your package arrives on time.

Want help from the experts?

Coastal Postal is an independently owned and operated packing, shipping, printing and business services center located in Gulfport, MS. For more info on their holiday shipping services, visit

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