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2023 Holiday Season Shipping Deadlines Announced: What to Know

Believe it or not, but as of October, we are in the final stretch of the year 2023, already! That means that the holiday season is fast approaching. All the families and their kids out there have a big thing on their mind as they approach the holidays: buying and sending gifts. Now, as of this morning, all major carriers have released their 2023 holiday shipping deadlines. Below, read about what you need to know.

This year, holiday shipping deadlines are very similar to last year, with date changes as Christmas Day is on a Monday this year and Christmas Eve is on a Sunday.

2023 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: USPS

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has published its 2023 holiday shipping deadlines. The USPS also announced that it won’t be charging surcharges this year, to hopefully reduce overall costs for customers and their families.

USPS Ground Advantage™: Saturday, December 16th, 2023

USPS First-Class® Mail: Saturday, December 16th, 2023

USPS Priority Mail®: Mon., December 18th, 2023 (Alaska), Sat., December 16th, 2023 (Hawaii)

USPS Priority Mail Express®: Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

2023 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: UPS

UPS Next Day Air®: Thursday, December 21st, 2023

UPS Next Day Air® (Saturday Delivery): Friday, December 22nd, 2023

UPS 2nd Day Air®: Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

UPS 2nd Day Air® (Saturday Delivery): Thursday, December 21st, 2023

UPS 3 Day Select®: Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

UPS Ground: Although the deadline depends on origin and destination, a U.S. East Coast to West Coast delivery before Christmas Day would have to be mailed by Monday, December 18th, 2023.

2023 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: FedEx

FedEx Ground® Economy: Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

FedEx Ground®: Similar to UPS, the deadlines vary based on origin and destination. But, a U.S. East Coast to West Coast delivery before Christmas Day would have to be mailed by Friday, December 15th, 2023.

FedEx Home Delivery®: Just as is the case with FedEx Ground® service, a U.S. East Coast to West Coast delivery before Christmas Day would have to be mailed by Friday, December 15th, 2023.

FedEx Express Saver®: Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

FedEx 2Day®: Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

FedEx Same Day: Friday, December 22th, 2023

Other Tips for Holiday Shipments

1. Expect Delays:

Delays are inevitable due to the weather, labor issues, staff shortages, and more. Plan with plenty of time ahead. Just because you can ship by the above deadlines, it does not guarantee a timely shipment due to external reasons.

2. Prepare for Backorders:

Over the past few years, many gifts were backordered because products and companies faced global, systemic backorders. Although inventory levels have remained stock throughout 2023, supply chain issues can still occur, and backorders are still in question. So, be prepared and ship early.

3. Ship Early to Save

Obviously, the earlier you ship your gifts to your home or office, the cheaper (in general) shipping costs can be as you will use a lower-tier delivery service level such as the various Ground services. Shipping by air is almost always more costly.

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