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The holiday season will be here before you know it, which means there will also be a deadline for sending those cards and packages.


In keeping with a desire to ensure that Christmas gifts arrive before December 25, the US Postal Service (USPS) and FedEx issued this year’s holiday shipping deadlines.

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Last holiday season, carriers felt the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many Americans sending gifts and organizing virtual gatherings.

Even though more than half of the people in the United States have been vaccinated, the pandemic is not over. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially Recommended virtual gathering This holiday season, but course changed – promising to have revised guidelines soon.

Should Americans repeat the virtual gatherings of 2020, carriers could see a strain on their workloads that rivals last year’s. Additionally, the USPS announced New service standards for first class mail And last week magazines that would slow delivery for mail traveling across the country and other long distances.

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To avoid late deliveries, the USPS and FedEx recommend shipping packages by the following dates:


  • First Class Mail Service (Including Greeting Cards) — Friday, December 17
  • First Class Package (up to 15.99 oz) – Friday, December 17
  • Priority Mail Service — Saturday, December 18
  • Priority Mail Express Service — Thursday, 23 December


  • FedEx Ground Economy – Thursday, December 9
  • FedEx Ground – Wednesday, December 15
  • Home Delivery — Wednesday, December 15
  • Express Saver — Tuesday, December 21
  • 2Day and 2Day AM – Wednesday, December 22
  • Overnight Services — Thursday, December 23
  • FedEx Same Day – Friday, December 24

This story was reported from Atlanta.