There’s no such thing as “fashionably late” when it comes to holiday shipping deadlines. Your customers are counting on you to ensure they have their gifts in hand by December 25 — and they aren’t willing to compromise. 

It may seem early to start filling out your calendar, but Halloween is just around the corner — and it’s the gateway to a whole slew of end-of-year holidays that prompt big gift-giving. Here are the recommended holiday shipping deadlines from USPS, FedEx and UPS you can’t afford to miss. 

USPS Domestic Holiday Shipping Deadlines

These are the recommended 2022 US Postal Service (USPS) holiday shipping deadlines you’ll want to keep in the calendar. 

Note: These deadlines are within the 48 contiguous US states only.

Service Deadline
Retail Ground™ Thursday, December 15, 2022
First Class Mail® Saturday, December 17, 2022
Priority Mail® Monday, December 19, 2022
Priority Mail Express®   Friday, December 23, 2022

Alaska and Hawaii Holiday Shipping Dates

Note: These deadlines are for shipping from the US mainland to Alaska and Hawaii.

Service To Alaska Deadline To Hawaii Deadline
Retail Ground™ Friday, December 2, 2022 Friday, December 2, 2022
First Class Mail® Sunday, December 18, 2022 Saturday, December 17, 2022
Priority Mail® Sunday, December 18, 2022 Saturday, December 17, 2022
Priority Mail Express®   Wednesday, December 21, 2022 Wednesday, December 21, 2022

International Holiday Shipping Deadlines

US companies sending internationally must also follow strict holiday shipping deadlines that vary depending on the destination. 

Destination  First-Class International® Service Priority International® Service Priority Mail Express International® Service Global Express Guaranteed® Service
Africa Tuesday, November 29 Tuesday, November 29 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 20
Asia / Pacific Rim Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 13 Tuesday, December 20
Australia / New Zealand Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 13 Tuesday, December 20
Canada Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 13 Thursday, December 22
Caribbean Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 13 Wednesday, December 21
Central and South America Tuesday, November 29 Tuesday, November 29 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 20
Europe Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 13 Wednesday, December 21
Mexico Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 13 Thursday, December 22
Middle East Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 6 Tuesday, December 13 Tuesday, December 20

Remember: The USPS’s deadlines are not a guarantee for December 25 delivery, but a recommendation. Plan ahead and give your suppliers and fulfillment partners plenty of time to deliver.

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Using FedEx for all your holiday shipping? Be sure to stick to these important deadlines:

Service Deadline
FedEx Ground® Economy Thursday, December 8, 2022
FedEx Ground® (All 50 states) Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Home Delivery® (All 50 states) Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Express Saver® Tuesday, December 20, 2022
FedEx 2Day Freight Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Fedex Same Day Friday, December 23, 2022

We recommend reaching out to FedEx directly for international shipping deadlines.

UPS Domestic Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If you are using UPS for your holiday shipping, here are the shipping deadlines for sending within the US. We recommend reaching out to UPS directly for international shipping deadlines.

Service Deadline
UPS® Ground shipping Check ups.com/ctc for details
UPS 3 Day Select® Tuesday, December 20, 2022
UPS 2nd Day Air® services Wednesday, December 21, 2022
UPS Next Day Air® services Thursday, December 22, 2022

Help Yourself By Helping Your Customers

The burden of meeting rigorous holiday shipping deadlines doesn’t have to be all on you. Hold your shoppers accountable with regular reminders of approaching order deadlines to meet their arrival needs through:

  • Bold website banners
  • Email reminders
  • Social media posts
  • Cart and checkout screen disclaimers
  • Product search filters for “Arrival by December 25”

Too much to manage? ChannelAdvisor Managed Services is well versed in meeting your deadlines for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and any other holiday you plan for year-round. Let our expert team help you plan, market and fulfill to meet customers’ growing expectations. 

Contact us today to learn how ChannelAdvisor Managed Services can help you master the holiday rush.   

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