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2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

We’ve put together this handy guide to common carrier cutoff dates to help you get buyers their Christmas orders on time.

By Taylor Combs Nov 18, 2019

The holidays are almost here, but procrastinators everywhere are still busy shopping for the perfect presents. Help set clear expectations with shoppers (and get those gifts under the tree on time) by clearly communicating holiday shipping deadlines in your shop.

Each of the major shipping services has a deadline that packages must be shipped by to arrive by Christmas Day. This year, that day falls on Wednesday, December 25. Check out the cutoff dates below for each major carrier.

Prep your shop

  • Add your holiday cutoff dates to your shop announcement and listing descriptions. This way shoppers know what your deadlines are. You can use the bulk edit tool to add a brief message to all of your listings at once.
  • Update your shipping profiles with your frequently used mail carriers. We’ll combine that info with your processing times to show shoppers an estimated delivery date so they can feel confident their gifts will arrive in time for all the festivities. Add estimated delivery dates.
  • Purchase and print postage on Etsy. Streamline your shipping process before the holiday rush with Etsy Shipping Labels. We’ll fill in the buyers address—all you need to do is press print. Buy shipping labels

Holiday 2019 Cutoff Dates

United States Postal Service

Domestic shipments (continental US)

  • USPS Retail Ground: December 14
  • USPS First Class Package Service: December 20
  • USPS Priority Mail: December 21
  • USPS Priority Mail Express: December 23

Visit USPS for more information and USPS international shipping deadlines.


Domestic shipments

  • FedEx SmartPost®: December 9
  • FedEx Ground®: December 16
  • FedEx Home Delivery®: December 16
  • FedEx Express Saver®: December 19
  • FedEx 2Day®: December 20
  • FedEx Standard Overnight®: December 23
  • FedEx Priority Overnight®: December 23

Visit FedEx® for more information including FedEx international shipping deadlines.


Domestic shipments

  • UPS® Ground: December 13
  • UPS 3 Day Select®: December 19
  • UPS 2nd Day Air®: December 20
  • UPS Next Day Air®: December 23

Visit UPS for more information including FedEx international shipping deadlines.

*Note: UPS labels are not available for purchase through Etsy Shipping Labels.

Canada Post

Domestic shipments

  • Regular Parcel: December 11
  • Xpresspost: December 20
  • Priority: December 23

Shipments to the US

  • Regular Parcel™ and Packets: December 10
  • Xpresspost™ US: December 13
  • Priority™ Worldwide: December 19

Visit Canada Post for more information and Canada Post international shipping deadlines.

Royal Mail

Domestic shipments

  • 2nd Class: December 18
  • 1st Class and Royal Mail Tracked 48®: December 20
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24®: December 21
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®: December 23

Visit Royal Mail for more information including international postage deadlines.

Australia Post

Domestic shipments

  • Parcel Post: December 13*
  • Express eParcel: December 18*

*From metro areas including Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth to most other metro areas and cities. More remote areas of Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia may require additional transit time.

Don’t forget: You can purchase and print USPS, FedEx, Canada Post, Royal Mail, and Australia Post shipping labels on Etsy. Check it out.


Taylor Combs

Taylor Combs is a writer and editor for Etsy's Seller Handbook.


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