Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Holiday shipping deadlines are approaching fast. One of the pain points for shoppers is not understanding the order deadline dates so that they receive their items before Christmas. Naturally, you’ll want to keep the consumer happy, so we’ve come up with a handy dandy chart that lists the shipping cutoff dates by mail carrier.

Listed below are the shipping deadlines for the three major carriers in the United States.

Happy shopping and more importantly – happy shipping!


Retail Ground™Friday, December 14
First Class Mail®Thursday, December 20
Priority Mail®Thursday, December 20
Priority Mail Express®Saturday, December 22

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines to the US

SmartPost® ServicesMonday, December 10
Ground®Friday, December 14
Home Delivery®Monday, December 17
Express Saver®Wednesday, December 19
2Day® ServicesThursday, December 20
Overnight® ServicesFriday, December 21

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines to the US

Ground®Friday, December 14
3 Day Select®Tuesday, December 18
2nd Day Air® ServicesThursday, December 20
Next Day Air® ServicesSaturday, December 22

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Brian Roizen is the Cofounder and Chief Architect of Feedonomics, a full-service feed optimization platform that optimizes product data for hundreds of channels. He has been featured on numerous podcasts and eCommerce webinars, and regularly contributes to Search Engine Land and other industry-leading blogs. Brian graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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