2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Oct 31, 2022 | Blog

The busiest season for shipping is right around the corner, and hundreds of millions of packages and cards will make their way across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and overseas during the holidays. From planning to shopping to the final step of sending out your holiday gifts, we recommend starting this often-laborious process as soon as possible and always noting important shipping deadlines ahead of time. 

To help you get planning, here’s a breakdown of holiday shipping deadline cutoffs by carrier. The deadlines will help make sure your gift arrives by December 25; if you’re looking to send a package earlier, we recommend moving up these dates by a few days.  

One last reminder: December 25 falls on a Sunday this year, and Saturday delivery services can cost more for some shipping services, or they may not be open. 

Domestic: USPS, FedEx and UPS 

USPS Domestic Shipping Deadlines

USPS Retail Ground®  Saturday, Dec. 17
USPS First-Class Mail® Saturday, Dec. 17
USPS Priority Mail®  Monday, Dec. 19
USPS Priority Mail Express  Friday, Dec. 23

USPS Alaska & Hawaii Shipping Deadlines

USPS Retail Ground® Service to Alaska: Friday, Dec. 2

Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail® Service to Alaska: Saturday, Dec. 17 

Priority Mail Express® to Alaska: Wednesday, Dec. 21 

Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail® Service to Hawaii: Saturday, Dec. 17 

Priority Mail Express® to Hawaii: Wednesday, Dec. 21 

FedEx Domestic Shipping Deadlines  

FedEx Ground® Economy  Thursday, Dec. 8
FedEx Ground® (Contiguous US, Alaska & Hawaii)  Wednesday, Dec. 14
Home Delivery® (Contiguous US, Alaska & Hawaii)  Wednesday, Dec. 14
FedEx Express Saver®  Tuesday, Dec. 20
2Day® Services  Wednesday, Dec. 21
FedEx Express Same Day  Friday, Dec. 23

UPS Domestic Shipping Deadlines (for a Dec. 24 delivery, UPS is closed Dec. 25)

UPS® Ground  Recommended to check ups.com/ctc for details
UPS 3 Day Select®  Tuesday, Dec. 20
UPS 2nd Day Air® Services  Wednesday, Dec. 21
UPS Next Day Air® Services  Thursday, Dec. 22

 

International: USPS, FedEx and UPS 

USPS International Mail Shipping Deadlines 

Please refer to the USPS website for regional specific deadlines 

USPS Military Mail Shipping Deadlines 

Please refer to the USPS website for APO/FPO/DPO specific deadlines

FedEx U.S. to Canada Shipping Deadlines 

FedEx International Ground® Canada Domestic  Wednesday, Dec. 14
FedEx International Ground® Northbound  Monday, Dec. 12
FedEx International Ground® Southbound  Tuesday, Dec. 13
FedEx International Connect Plus  Thursday, Dec. 15
FedEx International Economy® Friday, Dec. 16
Fed Ex International Priority Distribution  Saturday, Dec. 17
FedEx International Priority®  Saturday, Dec. 17
FedEx International First®  Thursday, Dec. 22
FedEx® International Next Flight  Friday, Dec. 23

FedEx U.S. to Mexico Shipping Deadlines 

FedEx International Connect Plus  Tuesday, Dec. 20
FedEx International Economy®  Tuesday, Dec. 20
FedEx International Priority® Wednesday, Dec. 21
FedEx International First®  Wednesday, Dec. 21
FedEx® International Next Flight  Friday, Dec. 23

FedEx U.S. to Puerto Rico Deadlines  

FedEx International Economy®  Tuesday, Dec. 20
FedEx International Priority Distribution®  Wednesday, Dec. 21
FedEx International First®  Wednesday, Dec. 21
FedEx® International Next Flight  Friday, Dec. 23

UPS U.S. to Canada (Dec. 24 Delivery) Shipping Deadlines

UPS® Standard services (From 48 contiguous states only) Recommended to check ups.com/ctc for details
UPS Worldwide Expedited® Monday, Dec. 19
UPS Worldwide Express® services Thursday, Dec. 22

UPS U.S. to Mexico (Dec. 24 Delivery) Shipping Deadlines

UPS® Standard services (From 48 contiguous states only) Recommended to check ups.com/ctc for details
UPS Worldwide Expedited® Monday, Dec.19
UPS Worldwide Express® services Wednesday, Dec. 21

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