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FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL Holiday Shipping Guideline - Last Day to Ship 2020

We can all agree that 2020 has been a year for the books and one that all of us wish will end sooner rather than later. Bring on 2021, but first we must get through the 2020 Holiday Peak Season shipping!

This year has brought about some unique changes and challenges in the shipping and logistics industry for the carriers given the COVID-19 pandemic that took the world by storm and continues to reek havoc on each and every one of us whether in business, socializing, or staying at home. From service guarantee waivers for late deliveries to implementation of COVID-19 surcharges businesses and consumers alike have struggled with costs and delays this year.

Carriers have had to ramp up operations due to increased online shopping creating a Peak Season demand that does not normally happen until the beginning of October. More people than ever are ordering online and having everyday essentials delivered versus going out to brick and mortar stores. Estimates on shipping volume are expected to be up over 10% from last year.

To help you plan final shipments to arrive in time for the Holidays in 2020, we have gathered all the relevant shipping deadlines for FedEx, UPS, USPS, and DHL so you can plan accordingly and avoid sad faces on Christmas Day 2020.

Keep in mind that the demand on carrier systems, seasonal employees, and overworked drivers along with COVID-19 restrictions will add to the stress of deliveries this year. While these are guidelines to follow to insure your package will arrive before Christmas, please note that many packages in the system have been delayed getting to there final destination. It is highly suggested to not wait until the last possible day to send your mail or package so that there is enough of a buffer for it to arrive in time for Christmas.

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