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2016 Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates

Written by Doba on November 28, 2016 in Strategies & Tips
 
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Retailers, your success this holiday season will be determined in part by your ability to get orders to your customers in time for Christmas. We're here to help with a handy reference of Christmas shipping deadlines for each major shipping carrier in the United States. Without further ado...

USPS

To arrive by December 24th:

  • Standard Post: ship by December 15th
  • First Class Mail: ship by December 20th
  • Priority Mail: ship by December 21st
  • International: see shipping deadlines by country
  • Military FPO/APO addresses:
    • For First Class and Priority Mail, ship by December 9th (exception: ship by December 2nd if sending to APO/FPO/DPO AE Zip 093)

DHL Global Mail (U.S. delivery)

To arrive by December 24th:

  • Smartmail Ground (SPG & SPO): ship by December 15th
  • Smartmail Expedited (SPE): ship by December 17th

DHL Global Mail (International shipments)

To arrive by December 24th:

  • Average transit for GM-DDP (Parcel Direct or Track & Trace): 4-8 business days
  • Average transit for GM-BMP (Parcel Priority): 8-14 business days
  • Review shipping deadlines by country

DHL Express

(No deadlines published)

FedEx (U.S. domestic)

To arrive by December 24th:

  • FedEx SmartPost: ship by December 14th
  • FedEx 2nd Day Air with Saturday Delivery: ship by December 22nd
  • FedEx Priority with Saturday Delivery: ship by December 23rd

To arrive by December 23rd (options w/ no delivery on December 24th):

  • FedEx Ground: ship by December 16th
  • FedEx Home Delivery: ship by December 16th

FedEx International

For last days to ship from the United States to international destinations, go to Get Rates and Transit Times at fedex.com

UPS

To arrive by December 24th:

  • UPS Ground or UPS Ground Residential: ship by December 16th

To arrive by December 23rd (no delivery on the 24th):

  • UPS 3-Day Select: ship by December 19th
  • UPS 2nd Day Air: ship by December 21st
  • UPS Next-day Air: ship by December 23rd

Other notes on UPS shipping:

  • From Nov 21st to Dec 30th, a limited number of UPS Ground and UPS Standard shipments with transit times of three or more days, and with specific origins and destinations, will require an additional day in transit. The Holiday Ground Impact Tool will be available beginning July 25th until Nov 21st to determine whether your shipment will be impacted by the time-in-transit change. Effective November 21, visit ups.com/ctc for the most up-to-date time in transit details at the time of shipping.
  • All UPS 3-Day Select packages shipped on December 19 and 20 will require an additional day in transit. UPS 3-Day Select packages shipped on December 20 will be delivered after Christmas.

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