2020 Holiday Shipping Guide
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to shift the e-commerce sales this holiday season. The volume of packages being shipped this holiday season is going to surge. According to Forbes, US e-commerce sales will hit a projected $709.78 billion in 2020, which is up 11% since 2019. In an effort to make holiday shipping less stressful, we wanted to give you the major shipping deadlines for USPS, FedEx and UPS so you can better prepare.
Below is a quick shipping guide so you can ensure you packages arrive on or before December 25th.
USPS 2020 Holiday Schedule
When shipping for the holidays, the USPS is offering delivery on Saturdays to better serve its customers. Additionally, there will be no residential or fuel surcharges.
If you are shipping something small but heavy, USPS Priority Cubic (only available with CPP rates) is the absolute best pricing. If you are shipping a medium size box then consider using USPS Regional Rate boxes (only available with Commercial rates).
|USPS® Service||Shipping Deadline|
|APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail||Wednesday, December 9th|
|APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail Services||Friday, December 11th|
|USPS® Retail Ground Service||Tuesday, December 15th|
|APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express Service||Friday, December 18th|
|First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)||Friday, December 18th|
|First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)||Friday, December 18th|
|Priority Mail Service||Saturday, December 19th|
|Priority Mail Express* Service||Wednesday, December 23rd|
*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25.
For a full list of USPS holiday shipping deadlines, please visit the USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines Page.
FedEx 2020 Holiday Schedule
|FedEx Service||Shipping Deadline|
|FedEx SmartPost® (certain exceptions apply)4||Wednesday, December 9th|
|FedEx Home Delivery®3||Tuesday, December 15th|
|FedEx Ground®1,3||Tuesday, December 15th|
|FedEx Express Saver®||Monday, December 21st|
|FedEx 3Day® Freight||Monday, December 21st|
|FedEx 2Day®||Tuesday, December 22nd|
|FedEx 2Day® A.M.||Tuesday, December 22nd|
|FedEx 2Day® Freight||Tuesday, December 22nd|
|FedEx 1Day® Freight||Wednesday, December 23rd|
|FedEx Extra Hours®||Wednesday, December 23rd|
|FedEx Standard Overnight®||Wednesday, December 23rd|
|FedEx Priority Overnight®||Wednesday, December 23rd|
|FedEx First Overnight®||Wednesday, December 23rd|
|FedEx SameDay®2||Friday, December 25th|
|FedEx SameDay® City Priority2||Friday, December 25th|
|FedEx SameDay® City Direct2||Friday, December 25th|
For a full list of FedEx holiday shipping deadlines, please visit the FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines Page.
UPS 2020 Holiday Schedule
|UPS Service||Shipping Deadline|
|UPS® Ground||Tuesday, December 15th|
|UPS 3 Day Select®||Monday, December 21st|
|UPS 2nd Day Air®||Tuesday, December 22nd|
|UPS Next Day Air®||Wednesday, December 23rd|
*UPS is closed on Christmas Day (UPS Express Critical® is available)
For a full list of UPS holiday shipping deadlines, please visit the UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines Page.
Remember, when using a product like FP Parcel Shipping, you can access the estimated delivery date for better selection of rates and carriers. For more information on how FP Parcel Shipping can alleviate your shipping stress, visit https://www.fp-usa.com/fp-parcel-shipping/.
Amanda Fletcher is the Manager of Marketing and Communications at FP Mailing Solutions. She has been in the mailing industry with FP for over 6 years. She is passionate about good pizza, running and quality family time.