Deadlines for sending your holiday package in 2022

CHICAGO — Once you’ve selected the perfect gifts for the special friends and loved ones on your list, your focus will shift to how to get those gifts delivered before Christmas Day, especially if they live out of town.

It is always recommended to send your package early. But hey, people are busy. Life gets hectic and that’s not always an option, which is why WGN News Now has compiled this list of important holiday mailing deadlines.

We looked at the country’s three largest carriers – UPS, FedEX and the United States Postal Service (USPS) – to determine the deadlines you need to prepare for busy holiday shipping.

Before we get to those important dates, here are a few important facts about the package itself.

Prepare your package

Make sure your item fits the box perfectly and is secure so it will not be damaged. You may need to add bubble wrap, newspaper, foam, or “peanuts” to the box to improve the fit.

Be sure to secure the box flaps with packing tape to prevent them from opening, and if you are reusing a box, peel or scrape off old shipping labels and cross out any other logos or markings related to hazardous materials with a marker.

Use a permanent marker when writing the address on the box, or log on to the carrier’s website and fill out the delivery information so they can print a label yourself or have it printed for you.

Next, you need to get your package weighed and then choose which shipping service you want to use.

FedEx

Now, if you select FedEx as the carrier to ship your gifts, the deadline for the FedEx SameDay service is Friday December 23rd and the deadline for the Ground Economy service is Thursday December 8th. If you send your package via the standard Ground Economy service, the deadline is Wednesday December 14th and if you choose to use the Express Saver you must do so by December 20th. 21, and the 3-day freight deadline is Tuesday, December 20th.

UPS

If you choose to ship with UPS, they recommend that you check their website for a ground service deadline estimate as it varies by location. However, the deadline for shipping on the 3-Day Select service is December 20th, for 2-Day Air it’s December 21st, and you’re looking at a December 22nd deadline to ship a package via Next Day Air .

US Postal Service

The postal service gives a December 17 deadline for sending packages via ground and first-class postal service. The deadline for Priority Mail is December 19th and if you are really late you can send your package on December 23rd via Priority Mail Express.

military post

USPS also has special military time limits if you want to ship packages to someone serving overseas or domestically. The deadline for First Class and Priority mail to the Armed Forces of Europe or the Pacific is December 9th, with the deadline for Priority Express Mail being December 16th. As for domestic military mail, the deadline for First Class packages going to a US address that is not APO/FPO is December 17, with the deadline for Priority Mail being December 19 and the Deadline for Priority Express is set for December 23rd.

Domestic military mail bound for Alaska or Hawaii must be shipped by December 17 for First Class and Priority mail and December 21 for Priority Express.

If you want to ship holiday packages to an international destination, all three carriers offer some form of service, with the earliest deadline being December 6th and the latest December 23rd. You can see more about it below.

Regardless of which service you choose, remember that package weight, delivery speed, shipping distance, package size, and the shipping service you choose will determine the final shipping cost.

Christmas shipping deadlines

FEDEXfor delivery by Sunday 25 December

  • FedEx SameDay – Friday 23 December
  • FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground – Wednesday 14 December
  • FedEx 1 Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours – Thursday 22nd December
  • FedEx 2Day – Wednesday 21st December
  • FedEx Express Saver & FedEx 3Day Freight – Tuesday 20 December

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

  • FedEx International Next Flight – Friday, December 23 (to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico)
  • FedEx International First – Thursday, December 22 (to Canada)
  • FedEx International First – Wednesday, December 21 (to Mexico and Puerto Rico)
  • FedEx International Priority – Saturday, December 17 (to Canada)
  • FedEx International Priority – Wednesday 21 December (to Mexico)
  • FedEx International Economy – Friday, December 16 (to Canada)
  • FedEx International Economy – Tuesday, December 20 (to Puerto Rico)
  • FedEx International Connect Plus – Thursday 15 December (to Canada)

UPSfor delivery by Saturday 24 Dec:

  • Floor: See website for an estimate
  • 3-Day Selection – Tuesday 20th December
  • Day 2 Air – Wednesday 21st December
  • Next Day Air – Thursday 22nd December
  • Accelerated worldwide – December 19
  • Worldwide Express Services (to Canada) – December 22nd
  • Worldwide Express Services (to Mexico) – December 21st

*UPS pickup or delivery service will not be offered on Sunday, December 25th and Monday, December 26th.

USPS

First class is for small items that weigh 13 ounces or less and these packages usually ship within 1-3 business days.

Priority mail is for items weighing less than 70 pounds and packages ship in 1-3 business days and USPS offers flat rate options.

Priority Mail Express is for time sensitive items and packages are usually delivered next day or within 2 days.

USPS – for delivery before Sunday, Dec. 25 (in contiguous US)

  • First Class Mail – Saturday 17th December
  • Priority Mail – Monday 19 December
  • Priority Mail Express – Friday 23 December

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

  • First-Class & Priority Mail International® Service – December 6 (Asia Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Middle East)
    • 29 Nov (Africa, Central and South America)
  • Priority Mail Express International® Service – December 13 (Asia Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Middle East)
    • 6 Dec (Africa, Central and South America)
  • Global Express Guaranteed® Service – 20 Dec (Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Central & South America, Middle East)
    • 21 Dec (Caribbean, Europe)
    • 22 Dec (Canada, Mexico)

MILITARY SHIPPING

  • AE postal code 090-092
    • First Class (letters and cards) and Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Express Mail Military Service: December 16th
  • AE ZIP code 093
    • First Class (letters and cards) and Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Express Mail Military Service: None
  • AE Zip code 094-099
    • First Class (letters and cards) and Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Express Mail Military Service: December 16th
  • AE postal code 340
    • First Class (letters and cards) and Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Express Mail Military Service: December 16th
  • AP postal code 962 – 966
    • First Class (letters and cards) and Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Mail: December 9th
    • Priority Express Mail Military Service: December 16th
  • Domestic Military Mail (any non-APO/FPO US address)
    • First Class: December 17th
    • Priority Mail: December 19
    • Priority Express: December 23
  • Domestic Military Mail to Alaska
    • First Class: December 17th
    • Priority Mail: December 17
    • Priority Express: December 21st
  • Domestic Military Mail to Hawaii
    • First Class: December 17th
    • Priority Mail: December 17
    • Priority Express: December 21st

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