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2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

The holidays are around the corner, prepare your store with 2020 holiday shipping cutoffs to deliver by December 25th. UPS, USPS, Fedex and Amazon Deadlines.
2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US
Jules

By Jules

 

October 16, 2020

It's that time of year again. The holidays are around the corner and you're busy prepping your online store for the rush of last-minute shopping, while your customers are probably wondering about the last day to mail packages for Christmas. This year we've got a lot on our mind, and it's looking like an unpredictable season.

But, did you know almost 40% of holiday shipping happens in the four weeks leading up to Black Friday? Or that 52% of Christmas shipments go out the week of Black Friday and in the first two weeks of December?

As holiday sales start coming through, be sure your store is prepared to make everyone's holiday dreams come true by offering shipping solutions that ensure delivery by Christmas - even for the most last-minute gift givers.

2019 US Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Recommended send-by dates to deliver packages in time for the holidays.
2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

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How to Deliver During a Seasonal Rush

Every business dreams of breakthrough shopping and sales during peak season, but in reality, keeping up with all those orders requires a lot of work to be done. Those gifts don't ship themselves, after all. The key to growing your sales during the holidays is preparation.

Thankfully, we're here to help with a shipping checklist that you can check off to create a memorable delivery experience during the holiday rush - and the rest of the year. Here's are our top five shipping tips to ensure your eCommerce business has a very jolly holiday season.

  • Map out your shipping policy well in advance
  • Find the right couriers for your business
  • Purchase all the necessary product packaging and supplies
  • Display shipping rates and information on your store
  • Deliver a smooth post-purchase experience, including an eCommerce returns policy and seamless tracking.

2020 Holiday Delivery Deadlines

When is the last day to mail packages for Christmas? We're sure you hear that one all the time. Or perhaps inquiries about whether there is mail delivery on Christmas Eve.

To answer these questions, you need to know the Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the United States for the major couriers. Even if all your normal shipping rates and methods are setup on your site, it's crucial to let your customers know the Christmas shipping deadlines, so they know the absolute last day they can purchase their gifts in order to get them on time.

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

USPS will be making deliveries up to Christmas Eve, but if you're wondering does USPS deliver on Christmas, then the answer is going to be unfortunately no. All branches are closed with no deliveries on Christmas.  

Service Holiday Ship By Date
USPS Retail Ground December 15, 2020
USPS First Class Mail December 18, 2020
USPS Priority Mail December 19, 2020
USPS Priority Mail Express December 23, 2020

*Cutoff dates from 2020 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines.

For USPS's shipping deadlines, click here.

Fedex Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

FedEx will make deliveries up Christmas Eve. You'll want to check with your local store for specific holiday hours, and if you're curious does FedEx deliver on Christmas? Well, that will be a no. FedEx is closed with no deliveries on Christmas so plan ahead!

Service Holiday Ship By Date
Fedex Smart Post December 9, 2020
Fedex Ground Delivery December 15, 2020
Fedex Home Delivery December 15, 2020
Fedex Express Saver December 21, 2020
Fedex 2Day Services December 22, 2020
Fedex Overnight Services December 23, 2020

*Cutoffs from 2020 FedEx Holiday Schedule.

For Fedex's international shipping deadlines, click here.

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadline in the US

UPS will make deliveries up to Christmas Eve if you meet the following deadlines. However, if you want to know does UPS deliver on Christmas? The answer again, is no. They are closed and will not make deliveries on Christmas Day.  

Service Holiday Ship By Date
UPS Ground Check with UPS.com/ctc
UPS 3 Day Select December 21, 2020
UPS 2nd Day Air Service December 22, 2020
UPS Next Day Air Service December 23, 2020

*Cutoffs from 2020 UPS Holiday Schedule

For UPS's international shipping deadlines, click here.

DHL eCommerce Shipping Deadline in the US

Service Holiday Ship By Date
SmartMail Expedited Max Thursday, December 17, 2020
SmartMail Expedited Tuesday, December 15, 2020
SmartMail Ground Friday, December 11, 2020

*Cutoff dates based on 2020 DHL eCommerce Holiday Schedule.

For DHL eCommerce's shipping deadlines, click here.

2020 Domestic and International Holiday Delivery Deadlines

Now that you're aware of all the holiday shipping cutoff dates and the last day to mail packages for Christmas, we've also put together a handy holiday shipping deadlines infographic that shows you what services are available and how to schedule your own shipping cutoff dates for domestic shipments and international orders.

Happy shipping, and happy holidays!