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Holiday shipping deadlines fast approaching for USPS, FedEx, UPS

BEDFORD PARK, IL – OCTOBER 22: Larnell Eldridge sorts packages at the FedEx Ground Chicago hub on October 22, 2012 in Bedford Park, Illinois. FedEx plans to hire 20,000 seasonal workers to help handle the more than 280 million shipments it expects to move this holiday season. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

For those hoping to help Santa get all the gifts and holiday packages where they need to be on time, you might want to act fast.

Holiday shipping deadlines are quickly approaching for the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS.

Below are a list of key dates for each of the shipping services.


  • USPS Retail Ground: Dec. 14
  • First-Class Mail Service: Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail Service: Dec. 21
  • Priority Mail Express Service2: Dec. 23

More dates, rates and information at



  • FedEx Ground – Monday, December 16
  • FedEx 2Day – Friday, December 20
  • FedEx Priority Overnight – Monday, December 23

More dates, rates and information at



  • Ground – December 13
  • UPS 3 Day Select – December 19
  • 2nd Day Air – December 20
  • Next Day Air – December 23

More dates, rates and information at



DHL has a pdf of their holiday shipping schedule available here.