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Don’t Miss Santa’ Sleigh: 2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Having a holly, jolly holiday season can seem like a sugarplum-induced dream. Instead, the holiday season feels hectic, rushed, and way too expensive. After all, FedEx and UPS changed the definition of the peak holiday season by starting their surcharges earlier than ever. Even Amazon announced they would join the holiday surcharge bandwagon for the first time ever.

You know about UPS and FedEx’s peak holiday surcharges, so you’re prepared to pay a little more this holiday season. Do you know when to ship to guarantee that your products make it under the tree? Santa’s sleigh takes off on December 24, and your customers are counting on their orders arriving on time.

Today, we’re sharing UPS and FedEx’s domestic shipping deadlines for 2022 because the better prepared you are, the happier your customers will be this holiday season.

FedEx holiday shipping deadlines

Packages shipped domestically through FedEx are subject to the following deadlines:  

  • December 9: FedEx Ground® Economy + FedEx Freight® Economy
  • December 15: FedEx Freight® Priority + Direct and all other FedEx Home Delivery® and FedEx Ground® services 
  • December 21: FedEx Express Saver® + FedEx 3Day® Freight
  • December 22: 2Day & 2Day AM + FedEx 2Day® Freight
  • December 23: FO, PO, SO, Extra Hours + FedEx 1Day® Freight
  • December 24: FedEx Same Day®

UPS holiday shipping deadlines

UPS has announced its guidelines to guarantee delivery by Friday, December 23. You can see their full recommendations for domestic and international shipping here, but we’re sharing all the domestic deadlines here:

  • UPS 3-Day Select: December 20, 2022
  • UPS 2-Day Air: December 21, 2022
  • UPS Next-Day Air: December 22, 2022

Not sure where your package fits into the deadline schedule? The UPS shipping calculator can help you determine timing and cost based on origin and destination zip codes.

Plan ahead for a cheap and cheerful holiday season

Since we’re already in the peak holiday season in the middle of October, it’s too late to entice shoppers to get a head start through discounts. Instead, consider renegotiating your contract. Whether you’ve just signed a new contract on your own or worked off the same arrangement for years, it’s not too early or too late to get a second opinion.

The team at ShipRx has written contracts for the major carriers, and we’ve helped businesses like yours reduce their shipping expenditures through parcel rate negotiations. You can’t get around peak holiday surcharges or shipping deadlines, but you can ensure you’re not paying too much as a base rate. The team at ShipRx will review your current contract for free, and we’ll let you know if you can save. Get in touch today, and get started with zero commitment or credit card required.


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