2023 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Scott Cook
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The holiday season brings joy and togetherness, but it also ushers in the annual challenge of ensuring timely gift deliveries. Far too often, consumers find themselves in a last-minute frenzy, desperately trying to secure the timely arrival of their Christmas presents. Thankfully, shipping carriers have recognized this issue and now set their cutoff dates earlier each year, allowing shoppers to plan with confidence. In this extensive guide, we’ll equip you with invaluable insights to help you select the perfect carrier and shipping method, guaranteeing that your cherished gifts arrive right on schedule!


2023 FedEx Shipping Deadlines

When it comes to FedEx, understanding the shipping deadlines is crucial for success. Here are the cutoff dates you need to know:

  • FedEx Ground/Home Delivery: December 15
  • FedEx Express Saver: December 21
  • FedEx 2Day: December 22
  • FedEx Overnight: December 23

The key to a smooth holiday season is selecting the right FedEx service based on your specific needs and budget. With a range of delivery speeds, you’re sure to find the perfect fit.


2023 USPS Shipping Deadlines 

USPS, the United States Postal Service, offers dependable options for holiday deliveries. Be sure to keep these deadlines in mind:

  • USPS Priority Mail Express: December 22
  • Priority Mail: December 19
  • First-Class Mail: December 21
  • USPS Retail Ground: December 17

USPS services cater to various delivery speeds, making it a practical choice for a wide range of shipping requirements.


2023 UPS Shipping Deadlines

United Parcel Service (UPS) provides competitive delivery solutions, including speedy options for those last-minute gifts. Here are the UPS cutoff dates:

  • UPS Three-Day Select: December 19
  • UPS Second-Day Air: December 21
  • UPS Next Day Air: December 22

Whether you need a little extra time or a lightning-fast delivery, UPS has you covered.



2023 DHL Shipping Deadlines

If you’re sending gifts internationally, DHL is your go-to choice. Familiarize yourself with these international shipping deadlines:

  • DHL Express: December 22
  • DHL Economic Select: December 19
  • Smart Mail Expedited: December 17
  • Smart Mail Ground: December 10

DHL’s global expertise ensures your international presents arrive on time, no matter the destination.


2023 OSM Shipping Deadlines

The official OSM holiday shipping deadlines are as follows:

  • Domestic Mail (Regional and National Delivery): December 16
  • APO/FPO/OPO Mail: December 7


Getting your shipping time cut offs in front of your customers early is key to stay in front of customer expectations this holiday season! By providing early and often reminders regarding shipping deadlines, you can minimize the amount of inevitable frustrated customer feedback due to challenges presented by the supply chain during this busy time of year! Looking for more information about how you can turn your supply chain into a competitive advantage? Contact IDS Fulfillment today for a free consultation!

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