2016 holiday shipping deadlines for UPS, FedEx, USPS

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DENVER -- The holidays are upon us. If you have family and friends out of town, you don’t want to miss any of the shipping deadlines to make sure cards and packages get to their destinations on or before Christmas.

Below are the holiday shipping deadlines for the three major U.S. shipping carriers.


First class mail: Dec. 20

Priority Mail: Dec. 21

Priority Mail Express: Dec. 23

USPS Retail Ground: Dec. 15

Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship: Dec. 19

Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship: Dec. 22

Visit the USPS website for more information, including deadlines for international shipping.


UPS 3-Day Select: Dec. 19

UPS Second Day Air: Dec. 21 (Or Dec. 22 for the Saturday delivery option for delivery on Dec. 24)

UPS Next Day Air: Dec. 22 (Or Dec. 23 for the Saturday delivery option for delivery on Dec. 24)

More information can be found on the UPS website.


FedEx SmartPost: Dec. 12

FedEx Home Delivery and Ground Delivery: Dec. 16

FedEx Express Saver: Dec. 20

2-Day and 2-Day a.m. shipments: Dec. 21

Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight shipments: Dec. 22

FedEx SameDay (Standard): Dec. 23

FedEx SameDay (Priority): Dec. 25

More information and international shipping is on the FedEx website.

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