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Get it there by Christmas: Shipping deadlines for USPS, UPS, FedEx and Amazon

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Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 11:24 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2020 at 6:51 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The countdown to Christmas is now measured in days instead of weeks or months. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (FedEx) have announced their deadlines for shipping your packages and Christmas letters if it needs to reach its destination by December 25.

USPS

The U.S. Postal Service expects longer lines at post offices starting Dec. 7. The week of December 14-21 is predicted to be its busiest week for mailing and deliveries.

  • December 9 - Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services to APO/FPO/DPO in ZIP Code 093
  • December 11 - Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services to APO/FPO/DPO in all other ZIP Codes
  • December 15 - Retail Ground service
  • December 15 - Priority Mail and First-Class Mail between Hawaii and mainland
  • December 18 - Priority Mail Express service to APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093)
  • December 18 - First-Class Mail Service (including greeting cards)
  • December 18 - First-Class packages up to 15.99 ounces
  • December 18 - First-Class Mail between Alaska and Continental U.S.
  • December 19 - Priority Mail service
  • December 19 - Priority Mail between Alaska and Continental U.S.
  • December 21 - Priority Mail Express between Alaska and Continental U.S.
  • December 21 - Priority Mail Express between Hawaii and mainland
  • December 23 - Priority Mail Express service (Dec. 25 delivery no longer guaranteed unless otherwise noted)

UPS

For international destinations other than Canada and Mexico, visit ups.com/ctc

  • December 15 - UPS Ground
  • December 15 - UPS Standard from Continental U.S. to Canada
  • December 16 - UPS Standard from Continental U.S. to Mexico
  • December 21 - UPS 3 Day Select packages for delivery on Dec. 24
  • December 21 - UPS Worldwide Expedited to Mexico
  • December 22 - UPS 2nd Day Air packages for delivery on Dec. 24
  • December 22 - UPS Worldwide Expedited to Canada
  • December 22 - UPS Worldwide Express services to Mexico
  • December 23 - UPS Next Day Air packages for delivery on Dec. 24 with UPS On-Call Pickup service or prearranged, scheduled pickup, or visiting a The UPS Store location or UPS Authorized Service location
  • December 23 - UPS Worldwide Express services to Canada
  • December 24 - Pickup service available only for Air and International Air packages if prearranged by Monday, Dec. 21. UPS On-Call Pickup Service and UPS Drop Boxes available for Air and International Air packages. USP Next Day Air packages picked up today will be scheduled for delivery on Monday, Dec. 28, except those processed and labeled for delivery on Saturday, Dec. 26.

FedEx

  • December 9 - FedEx SmartPost (some expectations apply)
  • December 11 - FedEx International Ground to Canada
  • December 15 - FedEx Ground
  • December 15 - FedEx Home Delivery
  • December 21 - FedEx Express Saver
  • December 21 - FedEx International Economy to Canada
  • December 21 - FedEx International Economy to Mexico
  • December 22 - FedEx 2Day A.M. and FedEx 2Day
  • December 22 - FedEx International Priority to Mexico (except documents) and FedEx International Priority to Mexico
  • December 22 - FedEx International Economy to Puerto Rico
  • December 23 - FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Extra Hours
  • December 23 - FedEx International First to Canada, FedEx International Priority to Canada
  • December 23 - FedEx International First (documents) to Mexico
  • December 23 - FedEx International First to Puerto Rico, FedEx International Priority to Puerto Rico
  • December 24 - FedEx International Next Flight to Canada
  • December 24 - FedEx International Next Flight to Mexico
  • December 24 - FedEx International Next Flight to Puerto Rico
  • December 25 - FedEx SameDay City Direct, FedEx SameDay City Priority, FedEx SameDay

Amazon

The online retail giant will display on product pages whether it will arrive after Christmas before you order. Amazon published these deadlines:

  • December 23 - Last day to order more than 10 million items eligible for One-Day Delivery coast-to-coast. Free for Prime members with no minimum purchase.
  • December 24 - Last day to order millions of items eligible for Same-Day Delivery (free for Prime members in eligible areas on orders over $35)
  • December 24 - Amazon 4-star, Amazon Books, Amazon Fresh stores, Amazon Pop-up stores, Whole Foods Market stores are open (store hours vary by location)
  • December 25 - Online purchases of Amazon eGift Cards and Amazon Prime memberships available.

Sources: Amazon, FedEx, UPS, U.S. Postal Service, Veriship

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