When to Ship During the Holidays

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The holiday season is approaching, and now is the prime time to begin with planning. eCommerce companies should begin preparing for the holiday shipping frenzy now. Rushing to get all your orders out on time in December is looking for structure in chaos. But no need to worry! Knowing the holiday operations schedule of the major carriers will put you one step ahead. This guide will answer any questions you might have about shipping during the holiday season.

2021 Cut-off Dates For Shipping Within the U.S.

Each of the major carriers has a cut-off date for shipping products in order for them to arrive before Christmas (December 25). Keep in mind that they don’t ship on Saturdays or Sundays. To be on the safe side, submit your order by 12 p.m. EST on Friday at the latest to meet weekend deadlines. Check out the major carriers’ 2021 cutoff dates:


Dec. 9: Last day to ship via FedEx SmartPost.

Dec. 15: Last day to ship via FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery.

Dec. 21: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver.

Dec. 22: Last day to ship via FedEx 2Day Services

Dec. 23: Last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight Services


To have your package delivered by Friday, Dec. 24:

Dec. 15: Last day to ship via UPS Ground

Dec. 21: Last day to ship via UPS 3 Day Select

Dec. 22: Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air

Dec. 23: Last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air


Dec. 15: Last day to ship via Retail Ground

Dec. 18: Last day to ship via First Class Mail

Dec. 19: Last day to ship via Priority Mail

Dec. 23: Last day to ship via Priority Mail Express

International Shipping Holiday Schedules

When it comes to international shipping deadlines, things get trickier. The shipping giants have a country-specific Holiday schedule:


Shipping deadlines vary for packages headed to international destinations. See FedEx’s

page for more information.


See the UPS Holiday Shipping page for international shipping deadlines and other holiday-related information, such as pickup and delivery dates.

Easy and Quick Holiday Shipping with PackageHopper

PackageHopper offers the cheapest pricing and a selection of speedy, dependable shipping solutions thanks to our long-term agreements with FedEx and UPS. If you need to send a package to friends or family in another country quickly, there are expedited 1-3 business day shipping options available. If you are not in a rush, we can also find you more affordable rates with quality couriers. That means you’ll still get excellent service, but at a lower cost! This applies to the holiday season as well. Just keep in mind the cutoff dates of FedEx and UPS and we will take care of the rest. 

Trust PackageHopper to speed up your incoming avalanche of holiday orders—or surprise gifts during the festive season!


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