Holiday shipping deadlines
Oct 9 2020 0

Be Prepared: 2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Author: Chrissie Nelms, Customer Experience Manager, Rush Order

More than ever, this year’s holiday shipping season brings a unique set of challenges. You’ve worked hard all year to navigate a pandemic, launch new products, and hopefully save, stabilize and/or grow your business. Let’s end 2020 on a positive.

First, the expensive news. Starting November 2nd for FedEx and November 15th for UPS, both carriers will levy a $1 – $4 surcharge on all Ground and Expedited shipments in the US.

International shipments are already subject to additional surcharges based on weight. The international surcharges are applicable worldwide, including shipments from Rush Order’s Europe and Asia warehouse locations. 

If you ship larger or bulkier items, these may be subject to additional peak surcharges of $5 – $50! 

Here are links to the specific details on these ground, expedited, international and large item peak surcharges from FedEx and UPS

Between October 18th – December 27th, US Postal Service will assess a $0.25 surcharge on all First Class Mail parcels and $0.40 on Priority Mail parcels. 

We expect other carriers around the world to levy similar surcharges and price increases this holiday season. 

On top of these additional expenses, all three major US carriers are seeing significant struggles delivering parcels on time.  Instances of lost and/or damaged parcels are also on the rise. We are seeing similar delays and frustrations worldwide. Our previous comments regarding how to navigate these challenges and still deliver an awesome customer experience still apply.

With performance suffering and delivery guarantees suspended, make sure you plan accordingly and set expectations with your customers. Deadlines to ship orders in time for Christmas delivery are a couple days earlier this year, almost across all regions and carriers globally. 

OK, with all that bad news out of the way, you can still delight your customers and finish the year strong.

As we do every before holiday season, Rush Order created a nearly comprehensive list of global shipping deadlines to help ensure delivery before Christmas.

The following table is categorized by Rush Order warehouse location, as well as shipping carrier and service level. We recommend providing clear guidance to customers on your website using the following deadlines for the particular shipping service levels you offer. You are also welcome to view this table in a more user friendly format.

Please keep in mind ground shipping deadlines in the US can be pushed out a little further if you leverage Rush Order’s locations on both coasts. For questions about US bi-coastal shipping, as well as options from our Shanghai or Tokyo warehouses, please contact your Rush Order Project Manager or through our general inbox here.

Rush Order wishes you a happy and successful holiday season!!!

 

Rush Order Warehouse Shipment Origin

Customer Destination

Carrier

Service

2020 Suggested Deadline for Christmas Delivery

AUSTRALIA (NEW SOUTH WALES)
Australia Australia Startrack Australia 12/18/20
Australia Australia Australian Post Australia Priority 12/18/20
CALIFORNIA
California USA FedEx OneRate 2day 12/22/20
California USA FedEx OneRate Express Saver 12/21/20
California USA FedEx OneRate Priority Overnight 12/23/20
California USA FedEx OneRate Standard Overnight 12/23/20
California Canada FedEx Economy 12/22/20
California USA FedEx 1st Overnight 12/23/20
California USA FedEx 2 Day 12/22/20
California USA FedEx Express Saver 3 Day 12/21/20
California Canada FedEx Ground 12/11/20
California International FedEx International Economy 12/7/20
California USA FedEx Ground 12/15/20 Outside of California, 12/17/20 within California
California International FedEx International Priority 12/14/20
California USA FedEx Overnight Priority 12/23/20
California USA FedEx Overnight Standard 12/23/20
California USA FedEx Home Delivery 12/15/20 East Coast 12/15/20 Midwest & Southwest 12/15/20 West Coast 12/17/20 within California
California USA FedEx SmartPost 12/9/20 East Coast 12/9/20 Midwest and Southwest 12/9/20 West Coast 12/11/20 within California
California International USPS USPS Air Mail 12/15/20
California USA USPS Priority Mail 12/19/20
California USA USPS First Class Mail 12/18/20
California All Destinations USPS APO/FPO/DPO USPS Ground Service 11/6/20
California All Destinations USPS APO/FPO/DPO Priority & First Class Mail 12/9/20
California USA UPS UPS 1 bus day by 8am 12/23/20
California USA UPS UPS Mail Innovations 12/7/20
California International UPS UPS Mail Innovations Intl 12/1/2020 Not suggested for guaranteed Christmas delivery
California USA UPS UPS Next Day Air Saver 12/23/20
California USA UPS UPS 2nd Business Day 12/22/20
California USA UPS UPS 3rd Business Day 12/21/20
California International UPS UPS Worldwide Express 12/14/20
California USA UPS UPS Next Bus Day 10:30 12/23/20
California USA UPS UPS Ground 12/15/20 Outside of California, 12/17/20 within California
California Canada & Mexico UPS UPS Standard to CA & MX 12/14/20
California International UPS UPS Worldwide Express (same as UPI) 12/14/20
California International UPS UPS Worldwide Express Plus 12/17/20
California International UPS UPS Worldwide Saver (Express) 12/17/20
California International UPS UPS Worldwide Expedited 12/18/20
CANADA (ONTARIO)
Canada Canada Canada Post Expedited 12/22/20
Canada Canada Canada Post Priority 12/17/20
Canada Canada Canada Post Xpresspost 12/22/20
Canada Canada FedEx 2Day 12/22/20
Canada Canada FedEx Economy 12/23/20
Canada Canada FedEx First Overnight 12/23/20
Canada Canada FedEx Ground 12/17/20
Canada Canada FedEx Priority Overnight 12/23/20
Canada Canada Purolator Express 12/18/20
Canada Canada Purolator Ground 12/14/20
Canada Canada UPS Express Early AM 12/23/20
Canada Canada UPS Express 12/23/20
Canada Canada UPS Standard 12/17/20
Canada Canada UPS Express Saver 12/21/20
Canada Canada UPS Expedited 12/22/20
HONG KONG
Hong Kong International DHL Express Express 12/21/20
Hong Kong International FedEx Economy 12/16/20
Hong Kong International FedEx Intl Priority 12/14/20
Hong Kong Hong Kong SF Express Ground 12/14/20
THE NETHERLANDS
The Netherlands Europe DHL Express 12/21/20
The Netherlands Europe DHL Next Day Noon 12/23/20
The Netherlands Europe DHL Next Day EOD 12/23/20
The Netherlands Europe DHL Next day by 10:30 12/23/20
The Netherlands Europe DPD Classic Service 12/17/20
The Netherlands Europe DPD Express Service 12/21/20
The Netherlands Europe FedEx International Economy 12/14/20
The Netherlands Europe FedEx International Priority 12/16/20
The Netherlands Europe Deutche Post Deutche Post 12/14/20
The Netherlands Europe Post NL Post Netherlands 12/14/20
The Netherlands Europe UPS Standard 12/14/20
NEW YORK
New York USA FedEx OneRate 2day 12/22/20
New York USA FedEx OneRate Express Saver 12/23/20
New York USA UPS 1 bus day by 8am 12/23/20
New York USA FedEx OneRate Priority Overnight 12/23/20
New York USA FedEx OneRate Standard Overnight 12/23/20
New York International USPS USPS Air Mail 12/15/20
New York USA USPS First Class 12/19/20
New York USA USPS USPS Priority Mail 12/18/20
New York All Destinations USPS APO/FPO/DPO USPS Ground Service 11/6/20
New York All Destinations USPS APO/FPO/DPO Priority & First Class Mail 12/9/20
New York USA FedEx Ground 12/15/20 Outside of New York, 12/17/20 within New York
New York USA FedEx Home Delivery 12/15/20 Outside of New York, 12/17/20 within New York
New York International UPS Mail Innovations Intl 12/1/2020 Not suggested for guaranteed Christmas delivery
New York USA UPS UPS Next Day Air Saver 12/23/20
New York USA UPS UPS 2nd Business Day 12/22/20
New York USA UPS UPS 3rd Business Day 12/21/20
New York International UPS UPS Worldwide Express 12/14/20
New York USA UPS UPS Next Bus Day 10:30 12/23/20
New York USA UPS UPS Ground 12/15/20 Outside of New York, 12/17/20 within New York
New York Canada & Mexico UPS UPS Standard to CA & MX 12/14/20
New York International UPS UPS Worldwide Express 12/14/20
New York International UPS UPS Worldwide Express Plus 12/17/20
New York International UPS UPS Worldwide Saver 12/17/20
New York International UPS UPS Worldwide Expedited 12/18/20