2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines & Cutoff Dates

by | Oct 29, 2021

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Ready or not, carriers have announced their holiday shipping deadlines for 2021. Key takeaway? Plan your holiday shipping operations early.

Early = Now

You don’t want to be the Grinch that stole Christmas, do ya?

Use these shipping deadlines to ensure your customers get their gifts on time.



2021 FedEx Shipping Deadlines

If you’re operating through a marketplace that uses FedEx, follow these deadlines to ensure delivery by December 25.

  • FedEx Ground Economy, December 9
  • FedEx Ground, December 15
  • FedEx Home Delivery December 15
  • FedEx Express Saver, December 21
  • FedEx 3-Day Services, December 21
  • FedEx 2-Day Services, December 22
  • FedEx 1-Day Services, December 23
  • FedEx Overnight, December 23
  • FedEx Same-Day, December 24

2021 UPS Shipping Deadlines

UPS will be closed on December 25, so their recommended shipping dates for arrival by December 24 are:

  • UPS Ground Shipping: Use their website’s quote tool for more information
  • UPS Three-Day Select: December 21
  • UPS Second-Day Air Services: December 22
  • UPS Next-Day Air Services December 23

2021 USPS Shipping Deadlines

USPS stated that their busiest week for holiday shipping is between December 13-18. Their cutoff dates are as follows:

  • USPS Retail Ground: December 15
  • USPS First Class Mail: December 17
  • USPS Priority Mail: December 18
  • USPS Priority Mail Express: December 23

Shipping Internationally?

UPS, FedEx, and USPS will all have different requirements and cutoff dates per country. Prepare accordingly!

Did The Holidays Come Early?

Catapulted by supply chain issues and deliberate delivery slowing from carriers like USPS, the holiday season has come early this year as retailers and carriers urge customers to start shopping now.

But it’s not too late to start planning for these holiday shipping deadlines if you hurry! That doesn’t just mean prepping your internal team, it means preparing your customers for these deadlines too.

Communicate with your customers through social media ads, newsletters, emails, or whatever channels you use to reach your customers and express the importance of shopping early this year. It’s a simple but effective way to ensure you and your customers avoid the holiday blues this shopping season.

Have Yourself A Very Merry Q4

If you want to survive Q4, you’ll need to be as scientific as possible when planning your holiday season approach. And you don’t have to do it alone!

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