2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Mark your calendars with this comprehensive list of 2018 holiday shipping deadlines
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Get ready to mark your calendars—it’s almost that time of year again! Every year around the holidays, USPS, UPS, and FedEx all have different holiday shipping deadlines for their various services. Whether you’re planning on shipping a package domestically or internationally this holiday season, we’ve listed all the deadlines you’ll need to ship by below. These dates represent the cut-off you need to ship by if you want your package to arrive on or before December 24th.

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Domestic Packages

Continental U.S.

  • Retail Ground: December 14
  • First-Class Mail: December 20
  • Priority Mail: December 20
  • Priority Mail Express: December 22

Alaska and Hawaii

  • First-Class Mail: December 20
  • Priority Mail: December 20
  • Priority Mail Express: December 22

International Packages

Africa

  • First-Class Package International: December 1
  • Priority Mail International: December 1
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 8
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 19

Asia/Pacific Rim

  • First-Class Package International: December 8
  • Priority Mail International: December 8
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 15
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 19

Australia/New Zealand/Canada/Caribbean/Europe/Middle East

  • First-Class Package International: December 8
  • Priority Mail International: December 8
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 15
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 20

Central and South America

  • First-Class Package International: December 1
  • Priority Mail International: December 1
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 8
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 18

Mexico

  • First-Class Package International: December 8
  • Priority Mail International: December 8
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 15
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 19

Military Mail (APO/FPO/DPO)

AE ZIPs 090-092

  • Retail Ground: November 6
  • Space Available Mail: November 27
  • Parcel Airlift Mail: December 4
  • Priority Mail: December 11
  • First-Class Mail: December 11
  • Priority Mail Express: December 18

AE ZIP 093

  • Retail Ground: November 6
  • Space Available Mail: November 27
  • Parcel Airlift Mail: December 4
  • Priority Mail: December 4
  • First-Class Mail: December 4

AE ZIPs 094-098

  • Retail Ground: November 6
  • Space Available Mail: November 27
  • Parcel Airlift Mail: December 4
  • Priority Mail: December 11
  • First-Class Mail: December 11
  • Priority Mail Express: December 18

AA ZIP 340

  • Retail Ground: November 6
  • Space Available Mail: November 27
  • Parcel Airlift Mail: December 4
  • Priority Mail: December 11
  • First-Class Mail: December 11
  • Priority Mail Express: December 18

AP ZIPs 962-966

  • Retail Ground: November 6
  • Space Available Mail: November 27
  • Parcel Airlift Mail: December 4
  • Priority Mail: December 11
  • First-Class Mail: December 11
  • Priority Mail Express: December 18

Learn more about shipping to military addresses.

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Domestic Packages

  • UPS Ground: December 14
  • 3 Day Select: December 18
  • 2nd Day Air and 2nd Day Air AM: December 20
  • Next Day Air: December 22

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Domestic Packages

  • SmartPost: December 10
  • Ground: December 14
  • Home Delivery: December 17
  • Express Saver: December 19
  • 2Day and 2Day AM: December 20
  • First, Priority, and Standard Overnight: December 21

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