2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines Announced

The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have released recommended ship-by dates for gifts to be delivered in time for the December 25 holiday, which lands on a Saturday this year. With supply chain snags slowing deliveries to both retail stores and home doorsteps — and the USPS itself slowing mail delivery as part of a broad cost-cutting plan — retailers were already recommending consumers shop (and ship) early. Here are the dates, according to the shippers' websites.

USPS for Continental U.S.:

December 15: USPS retail ground service

December 17: First-class mail service (including holiday greeting cards)

December 17: First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces) 

December 18: Priority mail service

December 23: Priority mail express service

USPS For Air/Army/Fleet/Diplomatic post office addresses:

November 6: Retail ground service

December 9 :Priority mail and first-class mail

December 16: Priority mail express military service

USPS Alaska and Hawaii: 

December 17: Hawaii to/from mainland — priority mail and first-class mail

December 18: Alaska to/from Continental U.S. — first-class and priority mail 

December 21: Alaska to/from Continental U.S. and Hawaii to/from mainland — priority mail express


December 9: ground economy

December 15: ground and home delivery

December 21: express saver

December 22: two day and two-day am

December 23: overnight services

December 24: same day


Ground shipping, check the website for a quote

December 22: second-day air services 

December 23: next-day air services

December 25: no pickup service, UPS holiday 

Note: UPS service guarantee still suspended for most services due to COVID-19

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/holiday-shipping-shopping-deadlines-fedex-ups-usps/

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