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E-commerce News and Insights | October 22, 2021

UPS® Christmas Shipping Deadlines And Services

Christmas is a time for spreading holiday cheer. One of the best ways your e-commerce business can help do so is by getting your customers’ orders delivered before the big day. In order to do so, you’ll want to be aware of the UPS Christmas shipping deadlines.

UPS® has announced its holiday shipping schedule, but chief among the dates are the deadlines for shipping in time for Christmas across North America.  

Penciling in these dates now will allow you to better communicate with your customers and set expectations for your jolly Christmas shoppers. 

UPS® Christmas Shipping Deadlines In North America

With so many consumers trying to get their products in time for Christmas, it will be crucial for you to know when the shipping deadlines are. The estimated deadlines are as follows:

U.S. Domestic

Shipping Service Ship Date
UPS® Ground Shipping Check with UPS for details
UPS 3 Day Select® December 21
UPS 2nd Day Air® Services December 22
UPS Next Day Air® Services December 23

U.S. Domestic Ground Shipping

The UPS® Christmas shipping deadlines when using UPS® Ground will depend on where you’re shipping to and from. 

For example, let’s say you’re shipping out of Los Angeles to San Francisco, California. When you calculate the estimated shipping time from UPS directly, you’ll see that packages are estimated to stay two days in transit when shipping between these two cities.

If this holds true during the month of December, then the last day to ship in time for Christmas between these two cities would be December 22, 2021. 

However, if you’re shipping from Los Angeles to New York City via UPS® Ground shipping, packages are estimated to take four days in transit. This would make your Christmas shipping deadline December 20, 2021.

UPS® Ground shipments normally take 1-5 business days to arrive at their destination.

One major aspect to note is that Christmas shipping is not entirely normal. The surge in shipments could add to additional transit times for certain orders. Other factors such as unpredictable weather could also cause shipments to be delayed.

Special UPS® Ground Shipping Rates for Peak Season

One thing that e-commerce businesses who opened their UPS® account through Shippo can count on is discounted rates this Christmas.

Shippo customers now get access to special rates on UPS® Ground through the holiday season. Combined with no peak pricing surcharges from UPS®, that’s a lot of holiday shipping savings!

U.S. To Canada

Shipping Service Ship Date
UPS® Standard Services  Check with UPS for details
UPS Worldwide Expedited® December 21
UPS Worldwide Express® Services December 23

U.S. To Mexico

Shipping Service Ship Date
UPS® Standard Services  Check with UPS for more details
UPS Worldwide Expedited® December 21
UPS Worldwide Express® Services December 22

Similar to shipping with UPS® Ground Domestic services, the UPS Christmas shipping deadlines you’ll need to adhere to when using UPS® Standard Services depends greatly on the distance between where your parcels are being shipped from and where they will end up.

Why Using UPS For Christmas Shipping Makes Sense

UPS is remaining committed to providing excellent service throughout the holiday season. For e-commerce merchants who created their UPS account through Shippo there are a few key benefits the carrier can provide for them.

  • Special rates for UPS® Ground Service: Just for you, just for peak.
  • Saturday delivery at no extra charge to over 100 U.S. metro areas.
  • Tracking information for both e-commerce merchants and their customers.
  • Access to 19 different UPS services including UPS 2nd Day Air® and UPS Worldwide Express® Service to give your customers flexibility.

Those that have their own account and negotiated rates with UPS can keep them and connect their account to Shippo as well.

To learn more about key dates, carrier services, and how you can take control of peak season, visit our holiday shipping center.

Hasan Nabulsi is the Content Marketing Manager at Shippo.

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