How late can you wait? Here are USPS, UPS and FedEx holiday shipping deadlines

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Christmas is creeping ever closer on the calendar, and that means it’s time to get serious about shopping for packages that need to be sent to loved ones in the mail.

To avoid any trouble, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss any of the important holiday shipping deadlines.

So, if you want your package to arrive before Christmas, take note of the dates below for the three major U.S. shipping carriers.

All of these are to ship within the U.S.

United States Postal Service

USPS Retail Ground: Dec. 14

First class mail: Dec. 20

Priority Mail: Dec. 20

Priority Mail Express: Dec. 22

Visit the USPS website for more information, including deadlines for international shipping.


UPS 3-Day Select: Dec. 18 (for delivery on Dec. 24)

UPS Second Day Air: Dec. 20 (for delivery on Dec. 24)

UPS Next Day Air: Dec. 21 (for delivery on Dec. 24)

More information can be found on the UPS website.


FedEx SmartPost: Dec. 10

FedEx Home Delivery and Ground Delivery: Dec. 17

FedEx Express Saver: Dec. 19

2-Day and 2-Day a.m. shipments: Dec. 20

Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight shipments: Dec. 21

FedEx SameDay: Dec. 25

FedEx SameDay (City Priority/City Direct): Dec. 25

More information and international shipping is on the FedEx website.

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