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Holiday shipping deadlines: Important dates to know

As a reminder, the cost of a First-Class Forever stamp has increased to 60 cents from 58 cents.
Credit: USPS

DENVER — The deadlines to ship your holiday gifts and letters is right around the corner.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), FedEx and UPS have announced their shipping deadlines so packages may be mailed out so they arrive in time for Christmas.

For the 2022 holiday season, the USPS said it has made "temporary price adjustments." The changes are in place through Jan. 22, 2023 for both retail and business customers.

According to USPS, the price adjustments "are similar to adjustments in past years to help cover extra handling costs to ensure a successful holiday season" and will apply to Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground and USPS Retail Ground.

USPS said its busiest time begins two weeks before Christmas, and customer traffic at post office locations typically starts increasing the week of Dec. 5.

FedEx holiday shipping deadlines

  • Dec. 14  — FedEx Ground
  • Dec. 20 — FedEx Express Saver
  • Dec. 21  — FedEx 2Day
  • Dec. 23  — Same Day

UPS holiday shipping deadlines

  • Dec. 20 — UPS 3 Day Select
  • Dec. 21 — UPS 2nd Day Air
  • Dec. 22 — UPS Next Day Air

USPS holiday shipping deadlines

  • Dec. 9   — APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 16 — APO/FPO/DPO USPS Priority Mail Express Military service
  • Dec. 17 — USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 17 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 17 — First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 19 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express service

USPS holiday shipping tips

  • Use free Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes at usps.com/freeboxes.
  • Use Click-N-Ship at usps.com/ship.
  • Schedule a free Package Pickup at usps.com/pickup.
  • Mail and packages that weigh more than 10 ounces and/or are more than a half-inch thick using stamps or take them to a window clerk at a USPS post office location.
Credit: USPS
Credit: USPS

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