2018 Holiday Shipping and Mailing Deadlines

Posted by Judy on Nov 1st 2018

cc-8084-happydeer.jpgUPDATE: In the week after Thanksgiving, as we talked with our Postal Service mail carrier and UPS driver, it became apparent that this is going to be an extra heavy delivery season. In the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, everyone's truck was overloaded; delivery people were routinely out until 8:00 or 9:00 PM. The predictions are that it will be absolutely crushing right before Christmas. To be safe, plan on adding an extra three days to the official cut-offs listed below.

This year, Christmas and New Year's Day fall on a Tuesday. Many carriers will have limited office hours on Monday Dec 24 and Monday Dec 31. Most delivery-by-Christmas dates are not guaranteed and the volume this year promises to be overwhelming. USPS expects to deliver 15 billion pieces of mail, including 850 million packages; UPS is planning to deliver 750 million packages globally; and FedEx predicts it will deliver 400 million packages. 

US Postal Service
http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2018/pr18_083.htm

  • Dec. 14 - Last day to mail via Retail Ground
  • Dec. 20 - Last day to mail via First Class Mail
  • Dec. 20 - Last day to mail via Priority Mail
  • Dec. 22 - Last day to mail via Priority Mail Express


FedEx
https://www.fedex.com/en-us/holiday/last-days-to-ship.html

  • Dec. 10: Last day to ship via FedEx SmartPost
  • Dec. 14: Last day to ship via FedEx Ground
  • Dec. 17: Last day to ship via FedEx Home
  • Dec. 19: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver
  • Dec. 20: Last day to ship via FedEx 2Day Services
  • Dec. 21: Last day to ship via FedEx Overnight Services


UPS
https://www.ups.com/assets/resources/media/UPS_PeakSeason.pdf

  • Dec 14: Last day to ship via UPS Ground
  • Dec 18: Last day to ship via UPS 3 Day Select
  • Dec. 20: Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air Services
  • Dec. 22: Last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air Services