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2021 Holiday Shipping Hub

Helpful Tools to Guide You Through Peak Season Shipping

The holidays are finally here — and so is the height of holiday shipping stress. Check out the 2021 Holiday Shipping Hub below and if you ever get stuck, just remember, your helpful holiday elves (that's us!) are ready to help.

Get it there by Dec. 24 with these recommended deadlines

  • UPS® Ground: Check for the most up-to-date transit times.
  • UPS 3 Day Select®: Tuesday, Dec. 21
  • UPS 2nd Day Air® services: Wednesday, Dec. 22
  • UPS Next Day Air® services: Thursday, Dec. 23 with a UPS On-Call Pickup®, a UPS Smart Pickup®, another prearranged, scheduled pickup, or by dropping off at The UPS Store® or other Authorized Service Location.

Holiday service alerts

Don't be taken by surprise with weather delays, natural disasters and other holiday-related service issues. Check out our Service Alerts page before booking to make sure shipments stay on track.

Service Alerts

UPS® and freight carrier holiday schedules

Knowing your carriers' year-end schedules can be the difference between just-in-time or stuck shipments. Factoring in pickup windows and days with limited operating hours will increase your success of a successful pickup and delivery. Here are a few more tips for managing the holiday calendar:

  • Christmas is on Saturday, meaning many businesses will observe (and be closed on) Friday, with some also extending their closures to Thursday to account for Christmas Eve. Plan your shipping cutoff times accordingly to ensure customers are receiving their orders before the longer-than-usual weekend.
  • Work ahead of your usual fulfillment timelines to ensure you're on schedule for pickups early in the day and always list your true close time to give carriers the widest available pickup window.
  • Setting realistic expectations of cutoff times, transit times and delays for your customers now will go a long way to creating happy, repeat business in the new year.

UPS Year-End Holiday Schedule     LTL Freight Carrier Holiday Schedule

Holiday rates and surcharges

Fuller trucks lead to higher costs — an effect you've undoubtedly felt throughout the year. And while you can't control the premium on capacity, you can avoid unnecessary fees while arming yourself with understanding of the ones that will affect you.

As of November 19, the following UPS Peak Surcharges may* apply:

  • Packages that require Additional Handling and Large Packages for all U.S. domestic, U.S. import and U.S. export shipments
  • Certain UPS Air Residential UPS Ground Residential and UPS SurePost® packages for all U.S. domestic shipments
  • International shipments from all origins to all destinations

*Some surcharges have certain volume requirements in order to apply; check if you might be affected by referring to the UPS Peak Surcharges guide.

New UPS® website updates

UPS recently updated its website, and a few helpful resources have a new home. Be sure to update your bookmarks for the following:

Opt for expedited services

Being short on time doesn't necessarily mean you're short on options. Many LTL carriers in our portfolio offer shorter transit times and some guaranteed services are still available. And while UPS has reinstated some service guarantees, it's best to keep up to date with the status of all guarantees on the UPS website.

Have a last-minute shipment? Learn how overnight services for freight and next-day parcel shipping offer a quick solution for your even-quicker shipping needs.

Easily protect your shipments

We always recommend safeguarding your investments, but even if you normally leave it to chance, this holiday season isn't the time to skimp on the security of your shipments. Perfectly packaging your fragile items is the first step, but check out the other ways you can make a big difference in your peace of mind (and bottom line):

Insurance with UPS Capital

Get Complete Coverage with UPS® Shipping Insurance

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Freight Shipping Insurance with UPS Capital

Get Complete Coverage with Freight Shipping Insurance

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Verify Package Delivery Through Signature Requirements

How to Verify Package Delivery Through Signature Requirements

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Cargo Theft Prevention

How to Prevent Cargo Theft During Holiday Shipping

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Practical tips for holiday parcel shipping

From selecting the perfect packaging materials, to avoiding additional handling charges, setting customer expectations and planning for returns, the ins and outs of holiday parcel shipping are enough to make anyone be a little bah-humbug! Luckily, we’ve compiled some tips to make a big impact on your small package peak shipping operations:

Holiday Shipping e-Guide Parcel

Your Guide to Holiday Shipping: Parcel Edition

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7 Tips to Beat Holiday Shipping Delays

7 Ways to Get Ahead of Parcel Holiday Shipping Delays

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Prepare With Holiday Shipping Tips

Be Prepared for Peak Shipping Season

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How To Ship Oversized UPS Packages

How to Ship Oversized UPS Packages

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Resources for year-end freight shipping

The year may be winding down but the complexity of holiday freight shipping is really ramping up, when combined with the ongoing challenges of the past year-plus. Take solace: Our freight shipping resources are designed to help you survive the cold weather and a hot peak shipping season:

Holiday Shipping e-Guide Freight

Your Guide to Holiday Shipping: Freight Edition

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Avoid Peak Season Freight Shipping Delays

7 Ways to Get Ahead of Peak Season Freight Shipping Delays

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Cold Weather Shipping Tips

Keys to Winterproofing Your Shipping Logistics

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Protect from Freeze

Understanding Protect From Freeze

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