It’s that time of year when we look at the recommended last days to ship for on-time delivery by Christmas with the USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL.
Same as last year, the 2021 holiday shopping will be affected by Covid-19. As usual, the lead-up to Christmas is still the busiest time for the Postal Service.
Because UPS and FedEx were able to limit the intake of shipments, it allowed them to better manage the number of packages needed for shipping and delivery.
When UPS and FedEx started not accepting every package from their larger shippers, many online merchants started dumping orders to USPS. This only made things worse for the Postal Service, and it took a long time to clear the backlog.
So, during the busy holiday season, you really need some reminders about upcoming shipping deadlines and planning ahead.
Let’s take a look at the 2021 holiday shipping deadlines:
USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines
We strongly advise shippers to check the news about the disruption and suspension of USPS international services. Almost all mail services are currently suspended to Australia and New Zealand. Additional delays may also occur for shipments to Europe due to new import rules.
UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines
*Effective October 18, 2021 and until further notice, UPS is making the following operational adjustments: Delivery commitment times for UPS Next Day Air destined to residential locations with a typical delivery time of 10:30 AM will be extended to 12:00 PM.
See the UPS website for shipping schedules for Canada and Mexico.
UPS is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There is no pickup or delivery service on these days.
FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines
DHL Express Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Everyone hopes for a smoother 2021 holiday shipping season but as we noted earlier.
Make sure that you plan early and align your buyer's shipping needs with this shipping holiday schedule. And it’s best not to wait until the last day to hope a shipment makes it on time by Christmas.
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