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Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2019

October 7, 2019
Author: Caroline McManus

What Are the Last Days to Send Packages for the Holidays?

Back in 2017 package delays were consumers' biggest holiday stressor, with more than 35% saying it was their #1 concern. Make sure you get everything mailed and shipped on time with our deadlines below. 


USPS® Domestic Shipping Deadlines

When sending thoughtful holiday cards or gifts to clients, it makes more of an impact when it is sent out on time! Make the right impression this season and keep your costs low by using one of the USPS services. 

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 check out the USPS press release. 


FedEx® Shipping Deadlines

FedEx waived the holiday surcharge this year for residential deliveries, which will help cut down on shipping costs. You can manage your costs even more by shipping early and using FedEx Smart Post® or FedEx Ground® for your deliveries. 

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 deadlines check out the FedEx 2019 Last Days to Ship


UPS® Shipping Deadlines

Like FedEx, UPS also waived their holiday shipping surcharges on residential deliveries, which can help lower your shipping costs. The UPS has compiled some tips for shippers this holiday season that should make the holidays less stressful for you and your recipients! 

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 check out the UPS Holiday Shipping Portal


Bonus Tip: Remember that the best way to lower your costs and get the best delivery options is to compare carriers. Be sure that you are using shipping software that allows easy and direct comparisons. Check out our shipping options to see how we can help, or speak to a representative today! 


*None of these deadlines are guaranteed, so if you have something that absolutely must arrive by December 25th or before, plan on shipping it a few days earlier than the suggested cut-off date. 


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