2018 Holiday Shipping and Mailing Deadlines

Posted by Judy on Nov 1st 2018

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. This is surely a year to mail and ship early.

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