The 2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: UPS, FedEx and USPS

On-time package delivery is at the top of the list for ecommerce customers, as it’s cited as one of the primary ways to ensure customer satisfaction in the order fulfillment process. This is even more true during the holiday season. While ecommerce merchants have felt the strains usually associated with holiday shipping all year long, the 2020 holiday season is going to exasperate this. So being prepared is key. 

In order to help you better prepare for this year’s holiday shipping deadlines, we’ve outlined the various 2020 cutoff dates for UPS, FedEx, and USPS. We’ve even included a downloadable timeline that you can save to your desktop or print out to reference over the next couple of months.

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
USPS Retail Ground™Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
USPS First Class Mail®Friday, December 18th, 2020
USPS Priority Mail®Saturday, December 19th, 2020
USPS Priority Mail Express®Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

For USPS’s international shipping deadlines, head here

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

 ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
FedEx SmartPost®Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 (with exceptions)
FedEx Ground®Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
FedEx Home Delivery®Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
FedEx Express Saver®Monday, December 21st, 2020
FedEx 2Day® ServicesTuesday, December 22nd, 2020
FedEx Overnight® ServicesWednesday, December 23rd, 2020

For FedEx’s international shipping deadlines, head here

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

 ServiceShipping Cutoff Date
UPS Ground®Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
UPS 3 Day Select®Monday, December 21st, 2020
UPS 2nd Day Air® ServicesTuesday, December 22nd, 2020
UPS Next Day Air® ServicesWednesday, December 23rd, 2020

For UPS’s international shipping deadlines, head here

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For information on international shipping deadlines with these popular carriers (and others!), check out the following timelines our friends at ShipStation put together for the UK, Canada, and Australia.

How ShipEngine Helps

At ShipEngine, it is our primary goal to help you fulfill this promise to your customers by providing a shipping API that allows you to shop rates, provide branded experiences, and easily batch orders to increase efficiency—just to name a few features. We also offer discounted shipping with major carriers such as UPS, USPS, and FedEx.


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