Deadlines for gifts to arrive before Christmas are fast approaching.
The United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and UPS have published recommended shipping deadlines for letters and packages to arrive on time during peak shipping season.
Earlier this month, the USPS said it was “in a strong position to handle the holiday mail and shipping rush” after adding additional manpower and new package sorters to its network. The USPS said it was able to increase its daily package processing capacity to 60 million, up from 53 million packages a day last holiday season.
The USPS said the average time to deliver a mail or package over the network is 2½ days.
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UPS has announced that it will maintain guaranteed service returns during the peak season for all Next Day Air shipments.
“If a customer ships a package that is pending Next Day service, they will receive Next Day service,” UPS said last month. “The guarantee for Worldwide Express shipments remains valid during the peak season.”
In October, FedEx also reassured consumers that the company said it was ready for the holiday season.
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Shipping deadlines for USPS, UPS, and FedEx are:
US Postal Service
Suggested deadlines for expected delivery before December 25:
Retail Ground Handling and First Class Postal Service: December 17
Priority Mail Service: December 19
Priority mail express service: December 23
For Hawaii and Alaska:
First Class Postal Service and Priority Mail Service: December 17
Priority Mail Express Service: December 21
FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground: December 14
FedEx Ground Alaska and Hawaii: December 14
FedEx Home Delivery Alaska and Hawaii: December 14
FedEx Express Saver, FedEx 3-Day Shipping: December 20
FedEx 2Day Freight and FedEx 2Day: December 21
FedEx 1Day Freight and FedEx Extra Hours: December 22
FedEx Same Day: December 23
Suggested deadlines for shipping for December 24 delivery:
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UPS 3Day Selection: December 20
UPS Day 2 Release: December 21
UPS Next Day Weather: December 22