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2014 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: USPS, FedEx, and UPS

by Thomas Schiavone
USPS

Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.

First ClassSaturday, Dec. 20
Priority MailSaturday, Dec. 20
Priority Mail ExpressTuesday, Dec. 23
Standard PostMonday, Dec. 15
DNDC Drop ShipFriday, Dec. 19
DDU Drop ShipMonday, Dec. 22
FedEx

Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.

For delivery cutoffs on international packages, see FedEx: Last Days to Ship.
FedEx SmartPost® (certain exceptions apply) 3Friday, Dec. 12
FedEx Home DeliveryWednesday, Dec. 17
FedEx Ground 2Wednesday, Dec. 17
FedEx Express SaverSaturday, Dec. 20
FedEx 2DayMonday, Dec. 22
FedEx 2Day AMMonday, Dec. 22
FedEx Standard OvernightTuesday, Dec. 23
FedEx Priority OvernightTuesday, Dec. 23
FedEx First OvernightTuesday, Dec. 23
FedEx SameDayTuesday, Dec. 25

1 Go to Get Rates and Transit Times to view transit times for specific services. For other country-specific shipping information, or for shipments to military destinations, please go to Get Rates and Transit Times or call FedEx Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339. International Next Flight, please call 1.800.974.7333 for precise transit time quotations and to schedule a pickup. FedEx International First, FedEx International Priority, FedEx International Economy, and FedEx International Ground dates do not take into account time requirements for customs clearance. Please allow extra transit day(s) for delivery outside of major cities. Last day to ship using FedEx Ground is dependent on distance from origin location to destination location. Consult the FedEx Service Guide for terms of shipping. In the event of a conflict between the FedEx Service Guide and the transit time on fedex.com, the terms and conditions in the FedEx Service Guide will control.
2 Dec. 12 is the last day to ship via FedEx Ground if you have a regular scheduled pickup or you drop off shipments at a staffed FedEx location. Transit times are typically 2 to 7 business days within the contiguous U.S. based on the destination ZIP code. Longer transit times to destinations outside the U.S.
3 Dec. 12 is the last day to ship via FedEx SmartPost if you have a regular scheduled FedEx Ground pickup or you drop off shipments at a staffed FedEx location. Dec. 15 is the last day to ship via FedEx SmartPost if you use a FedEx SmartPost third-party contractor or drop-ship directly to a FedEx SmartPost hub. FedEx SmartPost does not provide day‑definite delivery. Transit times are typically 2 to 7 business days within the contiguous U.S. based on the destination ZIP code. Longer transit times to destinations outside the U.S.

UPS

Thanksgiving

Tuesday, Nov. 25Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered Friday, Nov. 28.
Wednesday, Nov. 26Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered Friday, Nov. 28. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered Monday, Dec. 1 (except those processed and labeled for delivery Saturday, Nov. 29).
Thursday, Nov. 27,
Thanksgiving Day
No UPS pickup or delivery service. (UPS Express Critical service is available for urgent packages. Call 1-800-714-8779.)
Friday, Nov. 28 New! Normal pickup and delivery for all service levels (in past years, there was only service for UPS air and international packages * ).
Saturday, Nov. 29
  • Delivery of UPS Worldwide Express
  • Pickup service provided to regular Saturday pickup customers for air and international packages. UPS On-Call Pickup service is available to all customers. *

Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.

Saturday, Dec. 20Delivery of UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air packages processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery.
Saturday, Dec. 20 Pickup service provided to regular Saturday pickup customers for air and international packages, or if prearranged by Friday, Dec. 19. All locations of The UPS Store will be open. *
Monday, Dec. 22Normal pickup and delivery service. This is the last day to ship UPS 2nd Day Air packages in time for Christmas (arriving Wednesday, Dec. 24).
Tuesday, Dec. 23Normal pickup and delivery service. This is the last day to ship UPS Next Day Air packages in time for Christmas (arriving Wednesday, Dec. 24).
Wednesday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve
  • Normal delivery of air, international and ground shipments.
  • Pickup service available for air and international shipments if prearranged by Tuesday, Dec. 23. UPS On-Call Pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes are available to all customers for air and international shipments. * No UPS Ground, UPS Standard or 3 Day Select pickups until Friday, Dec. 26.
Thursday, Dec. 25
Christmas
No UPS pickup or delivery service. (UPS Express Critical service is available for urgent packages. Call 1-800-714-8779 ).
Friday, Dec. 26
  • Delivery of air and international packages. *
  • Normal pickup service (all service levels).

New Year's

Monday, Dec. 29Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will arrive Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Tuesday, Dec. 30Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will arrive Wednesday, Dec. 31. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will arrive Friday, Jan. 2.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve
  • Delivery of air and international packages only. *
  • Pickup service provided to scheduled pickup account customers for air and international shipments if prearranged by Tuesday, Dec. 30. UPS On-Call Pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes are available to all customers for air and international shipments. No UPS Ground, UPS Standard or UPS 3 Day Select pickups until Friday, Jan. 2.
Thursday, Jan. 1
New Year's Day
No UPS pickup or delivery service. (UPS Express Critical service is available for urgent packages. Call 1-800-714-8779.

* UPS Air and International Shipments references in the schedule above include the following UPS service options: UPS Next Day Air, Early A.M., and UPS Worldwide Express Freight.

Time-in-transit notes: On UPS holidays – Nov. 27, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 – there is no movement of any packages tendered to UPS. Also, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 are considered for the purpose of the UPS Service Guarantee as transit days for "UPS air and international shipments" only.

Peak-season service guarantees: UPS air and international shipments picked up or delivered within the United States are guaranteed throughout the holiday season. Commitment times for air and international shipments delivered within the United States will be extended by 90 minutes on the following days: Nov. 28, Dec. 18-24, and Dec. 31. The guarantee is suspended for UPS Ground and UPS Standard packages picked up or scheduled for delivery between Dec. 11 and Dec. 24. For further details, visit ups.com for the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions

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