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

Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the U.S. (2018)

September 26, 2018


For consumers, thinking about the holidays the week after Labor Day can seem a bit nonsensical. But in the world of online retail, holiday planning in the fall is just part and parcel of the industry (pun intended).

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are only about nine weeks away. And if this year is anything like 2017, you can expect online sales to once again have year-over-year double-digit growth.

Want to get your share of the billions of shoppers are projected to spend this holiday season? Then you need to get all of your shipping ducks in a row — now.

Without further ado, here are the holiday shipping deadlines for USPS, FedEx, and UPS:



USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines to the US

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



FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines to the US

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
SmartPost® Services Monday, December 10
Ground® Friday, December 14
Home Delivery® Monday, December 17
Express Saver® Wednesday, December 19
2Day® Services Thursday, December 20
Overnight® Services Friday, December 21



UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines to the US

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
Ground® Friday, December 14
3 Day Select® Tuesday, December 18
2nd Day Air® Services Thursday, December 20
Next Day Air® Services Saturday, December 22

If you’re interested in a bit more colorful version of these tables, you’re in luck! Below is the stylish ShipStation 2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines infographic:

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.

As an added bonus, posting your 2018 shipping deadlines on your homepage can encourage consumers to start thinking about holiday shopping a little early, as well.

Speaking of …

Hey there, shoppers! Feel free to take advantage of our holiday shipping deadlines infographic, too. Because let’s be honest: even consumers need to have a holiday strategy these days.

Be sure to keep an eye on the ShipStation blog over the next couple months. We’ll be sharing expert advice on how to make this year’s holidays your most profitable ever.


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