The holidays are upon us, and a crucial part of your peak season prep is figuring out when you need to get your orders out the door to ensure timely delivery before the 25th. Because let’s face it, nothing ruins the holiday spirit like a late gift.

To help you keep shipping on time during the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year, we’ve compiled a list of cutoff dates for domestic U.S. shipments based on national carrier and service level.

Here are your 2023 holiday shipping deadlines for USPS, FedEx, and UPS:

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

USPS Service2023 Last Day to Ship
USPS Ground Advantage™Saturday, December 16
First-Class Mail®Saturday, December 16
Priority Mail®Monday, December 18
Priority Mail Express®Wednesday, December 20
DestinationUSPS Ground Advantage™First-Class Mail®Priority Mail®Priority Mail Express®
AlaskaSaturday, December 16Saturday, December 16Monday, December 18Wednesday, December 20
HawaiiSaturday, December 16Saturday, December 16Saturday, December 16Wednesday, December 20

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines

FedEx Express® Service2023 Last Day to Ship
FedEx SameDayFriday, December 22
FO, PO, SO, Extra HoursThursday, December 21
*Friday, Dec. 22 with Saturday delivery
2Day & 2Day AMWednesday, December 20
FedEx Express SaverTuesday, December 19
FedEx Express 1Day FreightThursday, December 21
FedEx Express 1Day FreightWednesday, December 20
FedEx Express 1Day FreightTuesday, December 19
FedEx Ground® Service2023 Last Day to Ship
FedEx GroundFriday, December 15
*Check FedEx’s website for details
FedEx Home DeliveryFriday, December 15
*Check FedEx’s website for details
FedEx Ground EconomyWednesday, December 13
FedEx Freight® Service2023 Last Day to Ship
FedEx Freight® PriorityFriday, December 15
*Check FedEx’s website for details
FedEx Freight® EconomyTuesday, December 12

UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

UPS Service2023 Last Day to Ship
UPS® GroundCheck for details
UPS® Ground SaverCheck for details
UPS 3 Day Select®Tuesday, December 19
UPS 2nd Day Air®Wednesday, December 20
*Thursday, Dec. 21 with Saturday delivery
UPS Next Day Air®Thursday, December 21
*Friday, Dec. 22 with Saturday delivery

Need help managing holiday shipping deadlines and customer expectations?

With 85% of online shoppers unlikely to shop with a retailer again after experiencing a late delivery, you can’t afford NOT to prioritize your shipping and delivery experience this holiday season. Here are two pieces of practical advice that’ll keep you out of that percentage:

Communicate these dates with your customers

Your customers want piece of mind that their orders will arrive in time for the holidays, and if that’s not possible, they expect you to let them know upfront. By clearly communicating shipping deadlines, you not only alleviate their concerns about timely delivery but also empower them to make quicker purchasing decisions. This will contribute to a positive online shopping experience that keeps customers coming back year-round.

Factor in your lead times and other fulfillment details

While knowing carrier cutoff dates is important, it’s just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to calculating accurate delivery timelines. It’s equally as important that you also consider other factors such as lead times, blackout dates, time-in-transit, and even product-specific variables that may impact delivery. Fortunately, our comprehensive date and time logic enables you to customize and automatically account for each of these fulfillment details so you can ensure on-time deliveries every time.

Don’t leave your peak season shipping to chance. Get started with a free 15-day trial today and let’s make the 2023 holiday season your best one yet.