Holiday shipping deadlines for USPS, UPS & FedEx: All you need to know

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HIghlights

  • All major US parcel delivery service providers have released their respective deadlines for shipping packages and cards for Christmas and New Year.

  • “Americans should feel confident sending their holiday cards, mail, and packages with the Postal Service,” said Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the US Postal Service.

  • US retailers have urged customers to complete their holiday shopping early so they can process them for timely delivery.

If you want your Christmas and New Year gifts to reach your near and dear ones on time, better hurry up as the delivery deadlines for most destinations are fast approaching. By planning in advance, you can avoid the last-minute hassle and even the risk of shipping delays.

Moreover, tens and thousands of people like you would be wanting to ship their gifts which could overwhelm the service providers in processing all requests on time, resulting in unnecessary delays.

Mindful of the problems that may arise, US retailers are urging customers to finish their holiday shopping early so they can process them for timely delivery. It has been a bumpy ride for most retailers this holiday season on the back of supply chain woes and shortages.

Keeping this in consideration, all major US parcel delivery service providers have released their respective deadlines for the shipment of packages and cards for Christmas and New Year. To avoid delays, they have urged customers to courier their holiday gifts earlier than later.

"We are ready and positioned to have a successful peak season.

“Americans should feel confident sending their holiday cards, mail, and packages with the Postal Service,” said Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the US Postal Service, in a statement last week.

The following is a list of major shipping deadlines for each of the services:

US Postal Service

It recommends shipping the items by the following dates for guaranteed on Christmas Day.

Here are the key dates:

Dec 15: Retail ground service

Dec 17: First-class mail service

Dec 17: First-class packages

Dec 18: Priority Mail

Dec 23: Priority Mail Express

For Alaska

Dec 2: Retail ground service

Dec 18: First-class mail service

Dec 18: Priority Mail

Dec 21: Priority Mail Express

For Hawaii

Dec 17: First-class Mail

Dec 17: Priority Mail

Dec 21: Priority Mail Express

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All major US parcel delivery service providers have released their respective deadlines for the shipment of packages and cards for Christmas and New Year. 

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United Parcel Service (UPS)

Key dates:

Dec 21: Three-day Select

Dec 22: Second-day air services

Dec 23: Next-day air services

In addition, UPS has an online calculator to help determine when to ship the package for ground shipping.

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FedEx Corporation

FedEx shipping deadlines:

Dec 9: Ground & Freight Economy

Dec 15: Ground & Home Delivery

Dec 21: Express Saver

Dec 22: Second-day delivery (2Day & 2Day-AM)

Dec 23: Overnight services

Dec 24: Same-day services

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Finally, if you want to expedite the delivery and won’t mind spending a little more, than the First-Class Service might be suitable. Likewise, Same-day or Priority Mail services might be suited for customers looking last-minute shipping services.

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