Christmas Shipping Deadlines


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If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you probably already know that there may be supply-chain issues this holiday season. Industry experts are warning people to shop early. The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have just released their holiday shipping deadlines, and here’s what you need to know:

  • USPS: For ground service shipments - packages will need to ship by December 15 to arrive before Christmas. And December 18 for “Priority Mail” and December 23 for “Priority Mail Express.”
  • FedEx: Federal Express recommends sending off ground packages by December 15. A package sent with a “FedEx Same Day” option can be dropped off as last as December 24.
  • UPS: The United Parcel Service recommends sending out your packages by December 20.

All three package carriers are preparing for the holiday surge. UPS and USPS say they plan to hire 100,000. FedEx says it will hire 90,000.


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