BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The United States Postal Service releases its 2021 performance metrics for the holiday season—which shows an increase of deliveries the previous year.

On average USPS took a duration of 2.7 days to deliver a piece of mail across the postal service network. USPS also collected 13.2 billion letters cards, flats and packages—exceeding 12.7 billion accepted for delivery in 2020.

“Our mission to deliver for America is an enormous responsibility, especially during the holidays,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “I am humbled by the hard work and dedication of each and every one of our 650,000 employees who, despite the challenges of the pandemic, helped bring joy and commerce to people across the nation.”

The USPS begin preparing for the 2021 holiday peak season at the beginning of last year—which aligned to the Postal Service’s 10-year Delivering for America plan; which aims to mitigate delays even as mail and package volume surged to its highest peak-season level, according to USPS.

“Under our 10-year plan, we made major operational improvements and strategic investments across the organization throughout 2021. It has made a significant difference and contributed to our success this holiday season, but our work isn’t done. Every day is an opportunity to fulfill our commitment of service excellence to the American people — and on that, we intend to deliver,” DeJoy added.

After peak season the postal service reported, 2.8 billion mailpieces and packages delivered the week after Thanksgiving Nov. 27 to Dec. 3.

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. To learn more on the USPS holiday preparations visit about.usps.com