Does USPS Deliver on Sunday in 2022?
The answer is yes.
We have come used to our 24/7 service, and on-demand society, and the truth is USPS has had to adapt.
The Post Office will deliver on Sundays, but as we will see, only on certain classes of mail.
Let’s take a look…
SUMMARY: Does USPS Deliver on Sunday?
- Only Priority Mail Express and Amazon Packages are delivered by USPS on Sundays
- USPS DOES NOT deliver First Class Mail, Priority Mail, or Retail Ground on Sunday
- Priority Mail Express Carries an additional fee of $12.50 on all packages for Sunday delivery
- Priority Mail Express Sunday shipments should arrive by 10:30 am, latest by 6:30 pm
- Amazon Shipments can be as late as 10 pm for Sunday delivery.
Does USPS Deliver on Sunday?
The United States Postal Service makes two types of Sunday deliveries. These are USPS Priority Mail Express and USPS Amazon Packages.
USPS Priority Mail Express – Sunday Delivery
As USPS’s fastest guaranteed delivery service, Priority Mail Express will deliver on Sundays.
This is because it is an overnight service that operates 7 days a week.
[NOTE: Priority Mail Express carries an extra fee for Sunday delivery, more on that below.]
Furthermore, Priority Mail Express includes tracking and insurance with a guarantee that it will arrive the next day should you use the USPS overnight option.
This creates a 6:30 pm cut-off point for Sunday delivery. If the package does not arrive before that time window the shipper can claim a refund.
USPS Priority Mail – Sunday Delivery
Whereas Priority Mail Express can be shipped overnight and does not EXCLUDE any days of the week, Priority Mail ships in 1-3 business days, with Sundays not included.
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USPS Amazon Packages – Sunday Delivery
USPS does deliver Amazon packages on Sunday. This is due to a special contract with Amazon, to fulfill their deliveries every day of the week.
The collaboration between USPS and Amazon has been beneficial to both parties. It first began in 2013 and ensures that Amazon customers can receive packages even on Sundays.
It has also been lucrative for USPS, with a huge amount of deliveries taking place. (Reports hint that it was taking its toll on USPS staff, however.)
That being said, Amazon has ramped up its delivery network in a huge way since 2013. The eCommerce behemoth can now fulfill its own last-mile delivery in many areas of the United States.
So although USPS will deliver Amazon packages on a Sunday, the likelihood is, an Amazon-owned van will be the one arriving at your door.
Does USPS Deliver First Class Mail on Sunday?
USPS DOES NOT deliver First Class mail on Sunday. First Class Mail does not benefit from priority delivery speeds as it is considered standard mail.
First Class Mail is also non-guaranteed. The price is set as an economy option for the delivery of standard mail items (letters, postcards, etc) within 1-3 days.
Does USPS Deliver Retail Ground Mail on Sunday?
USPS DOES NOT provide Retail Ground Sunday delivery. This is another economy delivery option that does not benefit from 7 days a week delivery.
There are also no guaranteed delivery windows that USPS has to abide by. In other words, if your package doesn’t go “out for delivery” on a Saturday, you will have to wait until Monday.
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What Time Does USPS Deliver on Sunday?
The time of your USPS Sunday delivery will depend on the service used. Let’s take a look.
Sunday Delivery Times for USPS Priority Mail Express
USPS drivers aim to have Priority Mail Express shipments delivered by 10:30 am.
Essentially, the earlier the driver is able to deliver all Sunday items, the sooner they can enjoy their Sunday.
That being said, the delivery window of Priority Mail Express is up until 6:30 pm. This means that the package could arrive any time until then.
Due to the guaranteed nature of Priority Mail Express shipments, if the package is delivered later than 6:30 pm, a refund can be claimed.
Sunday Delivery Times for USPS Amazon Packages
The delivery window for Amazon shipments is wider. The USPS driver will still aim to deliver packages as early as their workload will allow, however, the window extends until 10 pm.
You can thank “Good ole” Jeff Bezos and his ethos of working individuals to the bone in the pursuit of customer convenience, for this.
How Much is a USPS Sunday Delivery?
Costs: USPS Priority Mail Express Sunday Delivery
USPS Priority Mail Express is not cheap. To benefit from overnight delivery with insurance and guarantees costs a minimum of $26.95 in 2022.
However, this price does not include Sunday delivery. If you are shipping your package overnight on a Saturday, for Sunday delivery it costs an additional fee of $12.50 per package.
Costs: USPS Amazon Sunday Delivery
USPS Amazon Sunday deliveries do not cost any extra. This is due to the USPS contract with Amazon, where, assumingly the latter bears the brunt of the cost.
Whatever you paid for postage when buying your item on Amazon, is the cost of the delivery.
Can I Pick Up My Mail at the Post Office on Sundays?
No USPS Post Offices are open on Sundays to the public.
While you may see some lights on inside a post office on a Sunday, on these rare occasions it will be due to staff sorting a backlog during busy periods rather than the retail side being open.
In short, you will not be able to pick your package up from the post office on Sundays.
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Essentially, there are two options with USPS Sunday deliveries; Priority Mail Express and items ordered via Amazon under the USPS delivery contract.
The former is expensive with Priority Mail Express prices starting at $26.95 in 2022 with a $12.50 fee per package on Sunday delivery.
In other words, you should only pay the extra price for USPS Sunday delivery if it is imperative to do so.
If not, you are much better placed waiting for Monday.
I’m a 25 year veteran of USPS. I’m retired now, but as the editor of Mailbox Master, I can’t quite remove myself from the carrier industry just yet. 🙂