2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for USPS, UPS, and FedEx

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It’s time again to prepare for the peak season holiday shipping rush! While the holiday season starts earlier every year, the deadlines will always be the same. With labor shortages, carriers work around the clock to move parcels to their final destination. With lingering supply chain shortages, it is possible that inventory could still be arriving in batches—making the season stretch longer. But, even if everything runs as smoothly as possible, there will always be last minute shoppers. Here’s what you can expect from the 2022 holiday season.  

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

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US for 2022

ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
USPS Retail Ground™Saturday, December 17th, 2022
USPS First Class Mail®Saturday, December 17th, 2022
USPS Priority Mail®Monday, December 19th, 2022
USPS Priority Mail Express®Thursday, December 23rd, 2022
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UPS® Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
UPS® Groundcheck ups.com/ctc
UPS 3 Day Select®Monday, December 19th, 2022
UPS 2nd Day Air® servicesWednesday, December 21st, 2022
UPS Next Day Air® servicesThursday, December 22nd, 2022
For the full list of deadlines, download this PDF

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
FedEx Ground® EconomyThursday, December 8th, 2022
FedEx Ground®Wednesday, December 14th, 2022
FedEx Home® DeliveryWednesday, December 14th, 2022
FedEx Express Saver®Tuesday, December 20th, 2022
FedEx 2Day® ServicesWednesday, December 21st, 2022
FedEx Same DayFriday, December 23rd, 2022

Saturday Delivery Matters for Last Minute Shoppers

With December 25th falling on a Sunday this year, Saturday delivery may be utilized for some express, day-definite services. So 2-Day and Next-Day services will require you to pay extra for the specified Saturday delivery option for the carriers. 

How ShipStation Makes Holiday Shipping More Efficient

Find the Best Holiday Shipping Services

With ShipStation, you can find the right shipping service for any of your parcels—whether it’s the holidays or not. With ShipStation Carrier Services, you can save up to 88% on shipping labels on the services you need for holiday shoppers! Whether it’s 77% off of UPS® Ground rates or 72% off UPS 2nd Day Air®*, ShipStation makes holiday shipping more affordable. 

*Discounts off UPS daily rates. Rates are limited to shipping from the U.S. only. Rates and any applicable discounts are subject to change at any time without notice.

Regional Carriers

If you missed the deadlines for some of these major carriers consider utilizing regional carriers. Regional carriers serve a smaller geographical network and oftentimes provide faster and more affordable shipping services. For our ShipStation customers, you have access to:

Streamline Your Holiday Shipping

Once you start using ShipStation, how to import your orders from the selling channels, how simple it is to start using ShipStation Carrier Services for all your shipping needs, and how quickly you can batch print all your labels, you’ve knocked hours off of the day’s shipping. Learn everything you need to know about ShipStation to get your shipping prepared for the holiday rush! 

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James Messer

James Messer is a copywriter specializing in shipping, logistics, and ecommerce.

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