2018 Shipping Deadlines

October 3, 2018
Holiday shipping deadlines in the United States helps you ship packages with ship by cut off dates to be delivered by Christmas.

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Why Do I Need To Know Holiday Shipping Deadlines?

For online sellers, getting orders out on time is crucial for a successful holiday season. Last-minute shoppers will expect ways to make a purchase days before December 25 and still get it on time. If you want to guarantee delivery by Christmas, you need to know which carrier services to use.

At ShipStation, we want you to delight your customers during the holidays. It’s important to tell your customers the last days to order if they need it by Christmas. So, we’ve compiled all the 2018 holiday shipping deadlines for the major carriers in the US.

Although you may need different information for international shipping during the holiday season, we’re going to go over how to handle domestic shipping this season.

Here are your deadlines for USPS, UPS, and FedEx:

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
Retail Ground™Friday, December 14
First Class Mail®Thursday, December 20
Priority Mail®Thursday, December 20
Priority Mail Express®Saturday, December 22

View the 2018 Holiday Shipping Dates for International Mail.

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

 ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
SmartPost® ServicesMonday, December 10
Ground®Friday, December 14
Home Delivery®Monday, December 17
Express Saver®Wednesday, December 19
2Day® ServicesThursday, December 20
Overnight® ServicesFriday, December 21

View the last days to ship to Canada and Mexico.

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

 ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
Ground®Friday, December 14
3 Day Select®Tuesday, December 18
2nd Day Air® ServicesThursday, December 20
Next Day Air® ServicesSaturday, December 22

See the full 2018 year-end holiday schedule.

Amazon Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

 ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
Standard ShippingTuesday, December 18
Prime FREE Two-Day ShippingSaturday, December 22
Prime FREE One-Day Shipping*Sunday, December 23
Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery*Monday, December 24
FREE 2-Hour Delivery with Prime Now*Monday, December 24

*In select areas. See Amazon Prime for more info.

How Do I Use These Cutoff Dates For My Business?

Take these shipping cutoff dates and figure out the order-by dates for your customers. Consider the expected processing time you’ll need during this busy peak season. You might still be able to to pull off same-day turnaround, or you might need a few days before the deadline date. Use these dates as your building block for what you want to offer at checkout.

Download the 2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines Infographic

With the shipping cutoff dates above, we also put together a handy timeline graphic that shows you what services are available.

2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
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If you use our holiday shipping deadlines infographic to start your holiday prep now, you’ll have plenty of time to calculate your own shipping cut off dates. And once you know your shipping schedule, you can start optimizing your shipping workflow to handle increased order volume. Plus, you’ll have more time to decide on which shipping promotions are best for your business and your customers.

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Here’s to a successful holiday season in ecommerce. The holidays can be hectic, so be sure to also check out our tips on ecommerce automation for the holidays to make sure you’re keeping up with your shipping. We wish you happy holidays and the best of luck! #ShipTheSeason

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