TYLER, Texas — Christmas is right around the corner and shipping companies are getting a jump start on releasing their deadlines to send packages this holiday season.

USPS

If you’re shipping holiday cards and gifts, for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or other holiday traditions, find the USPS® recommended domestic, international, and military deadlines in these tables. 

Contiguous U.S.(Excludes Alaska and Hawaii)

First-Class Mail® Service: December 20

Priority Mail® Service: December 21

Priority Mail Express® Service2: December 23

USPS Retail Ground®: December 14

Alaska and Hawaii

First-Class Mail® Service: December 18 (Alaska)

Priority Mail® Service: December 19 (Alaska)

Priority Mail Express® Service2: December 21 (Alaska)

First-Class Mail® Service: December 19 (Hawaii)

Priority Mail® Service: December 19 (Hawaii)

Priority Mail Express® Service2: December 21 (Hawaii)

Military

PO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code™ 093 only) Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail®: December 9

APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services: December 11

USPS Retail Ground service: December 14

APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express® service: December 18

First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards): December 20

First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces): December 20

Priority Mail service: December 21

Priority Mail Express* service: December 23

For international USPS deadlines, click here.

Busiest mailing and delivery days

Thanks to more people shopping earlier and shopping online, the Postal Service’s “busiest day” notion is now a thing of the past. Instead, the Postal Service now has a busiest time, and it starts two weeks before Christmas. Beginning the week of December 9, customer traffic is expected to increase, with the week of December 16 - 22, predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week.

Skip the trip and ship online

Consumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit USPS.com. The Postal Service anticipates December 16 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8.5 million consumers predicted to visit USPS.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. USPS.com is always open.

It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship® feature and other online services on Dec. 16 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.

New this year

There have been some changes made to how you can ship your packages this year. For safety reasons, as of October 1, you can no longer drop off stamped packages – which means using individual stamps as postage – that are more than one-half inch thick and/or weighing more than 10 ounces into blue collection boxes, building mail chutes, or Post Office mail slots. Instead you must go to a retail counter or use the self-service kiosk (SSK) to purchase a postage label. If you opt to use the SSK, to buy a postage label, you can drop off your package in the package slot, not the mail slot, at a Post Office. If a restricted package is found in a collection box, mail chute or lobby mail slot it will be returned to sender. Mail that is returned to sender will have a Customer Return Label attached explaining the restrictions and reason for return. So don’t take any chances this year, make sure to follow the new package mailing guidelines.

Click-N-Ship customers are unaffected by this change.  

UPS

Normal UPS® service. UPS® Ground Service Guarantee suspension begins: December 2 - The UPS® Service Guarantee suspension comes in effect today. The UPS Service Guarantee is suspended for all UPS® Ground shipments, including shipments to and from AK, HI, and PR picked up or scheduled for delivery December 2 - December 24.

Normal UPS® service. Last day to ship some UPS® Ground packages: December 13 - Today is the last day to send some UPS® Ground packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Note that most UPS® Ground shipments will have later last shipping days. This date is for the longest shipments. Ground service modifications and the suspension of the UPS Service Guarantee for Ground shipments are in effect.

Normal UPS® service. UPS® Air service modifications begin: December 16 - The commitment times for UPS® Air and international Air shipments, from today to December 24, will be extended as follows:

1) UPS Next Day Air® Early and UPS Worldwide Express Plus®: extended 90 minutes

2) All other UPS Air and international UPS Air services: extended to end of day.

Normal UPS® service: December 17 - A limited number of UPS 2nd Day Air® and UPS 3 Day Select® shipments tendered to UPS today, and with certain origins and destinations, may require an additional day in transit. (Note that UPS 2nd Day Air and UPS 3 Day Select shipments are guaranteed throughout the holiday season.) The Calculate Time and Cost tool at ups.com/ctc will reflect any extended transit times.

UPS® Air and Ground service modifications and the suspension of the UPS Service Guarantee for Ground shipments are in effect.

Normal UPS® service: December 18 - A limited number of UPS 2nd Day Air® shipments tendered to UPS today may require an additional day in transit. (Note that UPS 2nd Day Air shipments are guaranteed throughout the holiday season.) The Calculate Time and Cost tool at ups.com/ctc will reflect any extended transit times.

UPS® Air and Ground service modifications and the suspension of the UPS Service Guarantee for Ground shipments are in effect.

Normal UPS® service. Last day to ship via UPS 3 Day Select®: December 19 - Today is the last day to send UPS 3 Day Select® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. This is the last day to prearrange pickup service for Air and international Air packages if needed on Dec. 24.

UPS® Air and Ground service modifications and the suspension of the UPS Service Guarantee for Ground shipments are in effect.

Normal UPS® service. Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air®: December 20 - Today is the last day to ship UPS 2nd Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. All UPS Next Day Air® packages picked up today will be scheduled for delivery on Monday, Dec. 23 unless processed and labeled for Saturday delivery on Dec. 21. Saturday Delivery is not available to all ZIP codes.

UPS® Air and Ground service modifications and the suspension of the UPS Service Guarantee for Ground shipments are in effect.

Normal UPS® Saturday service: December 21 - Delivery of UPS Worldwide Express®, UPS Next Day Air® and UPS 2nd Day Air® packages processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery. Pickup service is available for UPS Air and international Air packages for regular Saturday pickup customers. UPS On-Call Pickup® service is available to all customers for UPS Air and international Air packages. Pickup and delivery of UPS Ground on Saturday packages available in many metro area ZIP codes.

UPS Air and Ground service modifications and the suspension of the UPS Service Guarantee for Ground shipments are in effect.

No UPS® service except UPS Express Critical®: December 22 -  No UPS® pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical® service is available. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit upsexpresscritical.com.

Normal UPS® service. Last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air®: December 23 - Today is the last day to ship UPS Next Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, December 24 with a UPS On-Call, or scheduled, Pickup, or by visiting a The UPS Store location or a UPS Authorized Service Location.

UPS® Air and Ground service modifications and the suspension of the UPS Service Guarantee for Ground shipments are in effect.

Christmas Eve: Limited UPS® service: December 24 - Pickup service available only for Air and international Air packages if prearranged by Thursday, Dec. 19. UPS On-Call Pickup® service and UPS Drop Boxes are available for Air and international Air packages.

The Air service modifications that commenced on Monday, Dec. 16 and The UPS® Service Guarantee suspension for Ground shipments that commenced on Dec. 2 will cease at midnight.

Christmas. UPS® holiday: December 25 - No UPS® pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical® service is available. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit upsexpresscritical.com.

FedEx

U.S. to U.S. Shipping

FedEx SmartPost®: December 9

FedEx Home Delivery®: December 16

FedEx Ground®: December 16

FedEx Express Saver®: December 19

FedEx 2Day®: December 20

FedEx 2Day® A.M: December 20

FedEx Standard Overnight®: December 23

FedEx Priority Overnight®: December 23

FedEx First Overnight®: December 23 

FedEx SameDay®: December 25 

FedEx SameDay® City Priority: December 25 

FedEx SameDay® City Direct: December 25

For U.S to Puerto Rico, click here.

For U.S. to Canada, click here.

For U.S. to Mexico, click here.

For U.S. to other destinations, click here.

AMAZON

For Amazon shipping deadlines, click here on December 1, for the schedule.