The United States Postal Service believes they will be much busier than normal shipping Christmas and holiday gifts this season due to concerns over COVID-19.  They are expecting more virtual gatherings due to the virus that continues to plague the world.  Because of that, according to a post on their website, they say you should send your packages earlier than normal.  Time to get your ducks in a row.  Here are your deadlines for shipping packages for the United States Postal Service.  These deadlines are for the lower 48 states and do not include Alaska or Hawaii.

As always, if you want to pay less for shipping, the sooner the cheaper.  The later you ship this year you can expect to pay premium prices with higher fuel costs this year.   So, if you are a procrastinator like myself, this may motivate you to act quicker.

United States Postal Service Retail Ground Service-December 15th

First Class Mail Service-December 17th

Priority Mail Service-December 18th

Priority Mail Express Service-December 23rd


The deadline for UPS packages to reach their destinations by December 25th is as follows.

Ground-Check the UPS website for local deadlines

3-Day Select-December 21st

2nd Day Air-December 22nd

Next-Day Air-December 23rd.


The deadline for sending Fed Ex packages to reach their destinations by December 25th is is as follows.

Ground and Home Delivery-December 15th

Express Saver-December 21st

2 Day and 2 Day AM-December 22nd

Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, and First Overnight-December 23rd




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