When do I need to ship my packages to ensure they arrive by Christmas?

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The United States is grappling with supply chain issues across the board, which means your packages could take a little longer than normal to get where they need to go. With shipping delays likely, it is a good idea to keep deadlines as some may be coming up sooner than you think.

*The following are recommended send-by dates for expected deliveries by or before December 25.

United States Postal Service (USPS)

  • Domestic- Contigious U.S. (48 states)
    • USPS Ground: Dec. 15
    • First Class Mail: Dec. 17
    • Priority Mail: Dec.18
    • Priority Mail Express: Dec. 23
  • Domestic- Alaska and Hawaii
    • USPS Ground: AK- Dec. 2, HI- N/A
    • First Class Mail: AK- Dec. 18, HI- Dec. 17
    • Priority Mail: AK- Dec. 18, HI- Dec. 17
    • Priority Mail Express: AK & HI- Dec. 21
  • Military Mail
    • First Class Mail and Priority Mail: Dec. 9
    • Priority Mail Express: Dec. 16

UPS

  • U.S. Domestic
    • UPS Ground: Check ups.com/ctc for details
    • UPS 3 Day Select: Dec. 21
    • UPS 2nd Day Air: Dec. 22
    • UPS Next Day Air: Dec. 23
  • U.S. to Canada
    • UPS Standard: Check ups.com/ctc for details
    • UPS Worldwide Expedited: Dec. 21
    • UPS Wordwide Express: Dec. 23
  • U.S. to Mexico
    • UPS Standard: Check ups.com/ctc for details
    • UPS Worldwide Expedited: Dec. 21
    • UPS Worldwide Express: Dec. 22
  • UPS recommends using ups.com/ctc to calculate last days to ship for international destinations.

FedEx

  • Domestic U.S. (includes Alaska and Hawaii)
    • FedEx Ground: Dec. 15
    • FedEx Same Day: Dec. 24
    • 2Day and 2Day AM: Dec. 22
    • FedEx Express Save: Dec. 21

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