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What are the Christmas shipping deadlines for USPS, FedEx, UPS?

This week, Dec. 13-18, is expected to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week of the holiday season for the U.S. Postal Service.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS are all gearing up for the busiest shipping days of the year.

Back in October, all three carriers outlined the recommended deadlines to mail greeting cards and packages for expected delivery by Christmas. 

With Christmas getting even closer, many of those holiday shipping deadlines are coming up fast. 

This comes amid the postal service intentionally slowing down some mail delivery and raising prices for some packages during the holiday rush as part of an effort to stabilize the struggling agency and reduce its growing debt. 

There has also been a big push to get consumers this year to do their holiday shopping early because of supply chain issues around the world. Some retailers also kicked off holiday sales in October. 

The USPS said its busiest time begins two weeks before Christmas and customer traffic at Post Office locations typically starts increasing the week of Dec. 6, with Dec. 13-18 being the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week of the holiday season.  

USPS 2021 holiday shipping deadlines

  • Dec. 17 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 17 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 18 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express service

As for FedEx, there are options to ship packages up until Christmas Eve for delivery by Dec. 25.  

FedEx 2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

  • FedEx Ground Economy - Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021
  • FedEx Ground - Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021
  • Home Delivery - Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021
  • Express Saver - Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021
  • 2Day & 2Day AM  - Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021
  • Overnight Services - Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021
  • FedEx Same Day - Friday, Dec. 24, 2021

UPS 2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

These are the recommended last days to ship something within the U.S. using UPS for delivery by Christmas Eve. 

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