What Are The Deadlines to Ship Packages for the Holidays?
The holiday season is upon us. And you know what that means: gifts and cards for our loved ones. Last year 8% of holidays packages had delayed deliveries. To make sure your package isn’t one of them, follow the shipping deadlines laid out below.
USPS® Domestic Shipping Deadlines
Sending packages and mail to clients on time is key for the holiday season. Keep your costs low and meet your deadlines with USPS services.
Quadient Pro Tip: If you are shipping on a budget, check out using Priority Mail® flat rate boxes.
- Retail Ground: Dec. 14
- First-Class Mail®: Dec. 20
- Priority Mail®: Dec. 21
- Priority Mail Express®: Dec. 23
For a full list of USPS deadlines, click HERE
FedEx® Shipping Deadlines
To help take a (financial) load off, FedEx waived the residential delivery holiday surcharge this year. By shipping early and using FedEx Smart Post® or FedEx Ground® you can cut down on costs significantly.
Quadient Pro Tip: FedEx SmartPost is a cost-efficient way to deliver light-weight packages domestically because it uses the USPS delivery network. Don’t forget to check out this service!
- FedEx Smart Post®: Dec. 9
- FedEx Ground®: Dec. 16
- FedEx Home Delivery®: Dec. 16
- FedEx 2Day®: Dec. 20
- FedEx Same Day®: Dec. 25
For a full list of FedEx shipping deadlines, click HERE for a free print-out.
UPS® Shipping Deadlines
UPS also waived the residential delivery holiday surcharge this year to help customers cut costs. They even provided some holiday shipping tips to ease the stress of the holiday season.
Quadient Pro Tip: UPS has UPS Access Points® at certain locations that can cut down on shipping costs and ensure packages are safe from porch pirates.
- UPS Ground: Dec. 13
- 3-Day Select: Dec. 19
- UPS 2nd Day Air: Dec. 20
- UPS Next Day Air: Dec. 23
For a full list of UPS deadlines and FAQ, click HERE
Some extra tips:
*The best way to cuts costs is to compare carriers. View some of Lineage’s shipping solutions aimed at making this process more effective.
*Even with deadlines, Christmas delivery dates are not guaranteed so plan on shipping items before the cut-off dates.
Happy Holiday Shipping!