Sharing Intel for Shipping Deadlines for Delivery by Christmas 2022 & Carrier Surcharges

eFulfillment Service annually shares key information with its clients, including shipping deadlines for delivery by Christmas 2022 and peak season surcharges added to normal shipping fees by carriers. Below you’ll find handy resources that internet retailers can share with customer service teams, to help them advise customers about shipping deadlines for delivery by Christmas 2022. 

Recommended “Ship By” dates to arrive by December 25th, 2022

With 2 decades of A+ service ratings from the Better Business Bureau, eFulfillment Service, an ecommerce fulfillment service center, has demonstrated success helping ecommerce clients through carrier challenges. Over those years, our online-order experts have developed best practices for holiday season shipping deadlines. 

We recommend adding two (2) additional business days to the recommended ship-by cut-off dates issued by shipping carriers, like FedEx, U. S. Postal Service and DHL. Adding the additional 2 days comes from our online-order-fulfillment experience in previous holiday peak seasons, as well as recent service levels and inconsistency caused by supply chain challenges, weather and the pandemic.

Carrier Surcharges for Peak Season Now Applying to Returns Season

Typically, online order shippers like U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and DHL have added a surcharge to fees holiday season. Those charges initially applied to packages being shipped after the Thanksgiving holiday and stopped before the New Year’s Day holiday. With shoppers buying online gifts earlier and earlier, those surcharges have also started earlier and earlier, now apply as early as the begining of October for some ecommerce shippers.

Aditionally, carriers are now applying peak season surcharges long after the consumer buying season, indicating that they are recouping surcharges on returns as well as initial gift purchases. 

As ecommerce shopping grows, so does the practice of returning items ordered online. To mimic in-store shopping, some consumers purchase multiple sizes of apparel, try them on, and return all but the size that fits. The peak gift buying season generates lots of items purchased for others and those items have a higher chance of needing to be returned. All that return shipping activity is concentrated after December 25th. 

2022 Peak Season Holiday Shipping Carrier Surcharge Overview PDF

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Domestic US Shipping Deadlines for Delivery By Christmas 2022 Table

Carrier and Service Carrier Ship-by DateseFulfillment Service Recommended
Ship-by Dates
USPS - DOMESTIC
First Class Mail December 17, 2022December 15, 2022
Priority Mail December 18, 2022December 16, 2022
Priority Mail Express December 23, 2022December 21, 2022
APO/FPO/DPO
AE ZIPs 090-92 via Priority Mail December 9, 2022December 7, 2022
AE ZIP 093 via Priority Mail December 9, 2022December 7, 2022
AE ZIPs 094-098 via Priority Mail December 9, 2022December 7, 2022
AA ZIP 340 via Priority Mail December 9, 2022December 7, 2022
AP ZIPs 962-966 via Priority Mail December 9, 2022December 7, 2022
DHL – DOMESTIC
DHL EXPEDITED MAX December 16, 2022December 14, 2022
DHL PARCEL ZONAL EXPEDITED December 14, 2022December 12, 2022
DHL PARCEL PLUS EXPEDITED December 14, 2022December 12, 2022
DHL PARCEL ZONAL GROUND December 10, 2022December 8, 2022
FEDEX – DOMESTIC
FedEx Ground Contiguous U.S. December 14, 2022December 12, 2022
FedEx Home Delivery December 14, 2022December 12, 2022
FedEx Ground Alaska & Hawaii December 14, 2022December 12, 2022
FedEx Home Delivery Alaska & Hawaii December 14, 2022December 12, 2022
FedEx Ground Economy (Formerly SmartPost) December 8, 2022December 6, 2022
FedEx Express Saver December 21, 2022December 19, 2022
FedEx 2-Day December 22, 2022December 20, 2022
FedEx Standard Overnight December 23, 2022December 21, 2022

International Shipping Deadlines for Delivery By Christmas 2022 Table

Carrier & Service Carrier Ship-by DateseFulfillment Service Recommended
Ship-by Dates
Carrier Ship-by DateseFulfillment Service Recommended
Ship-by Dates
   
USPS – INTERNATIONAL
First Class Int’l
AfricaNovember 29, 2022November 25, 2022
Asia/Pacific RomDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
AustraliaDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
New ZealandDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
CanadaDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
CaribbeanDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
Central/South AmericaNovember 29, 2022November 25, 2022
MexicoDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
EuropeDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
Middle EastDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022
USPS – INTERNATIONAL
Priority Mail Int’lPriority Mail Express Int’l
AfricaNovember 29, 2022November 25, 2022December 6, 2022December 2, 2022
Asia/Pacific RomDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 6, 2022December 2, 2022
AustraliaDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 6, 2022December 2, 2022
New ZealandDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 6, 2022December 2, 2022
CanadaDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 6, 2022December 2, 2022
CaribbeanDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 6, 2022December 2, 2022
Central/South AmericaNovember 29, 2022November 25, 2022December 6, 2022December 2, 2022
MexicoDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 13, 2022December 9, 2022
EuropeDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 13, 2022December 9, 2022
Middle EastDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 13, 2022December 9, 2022
DHL - INTERNATIONAL
DHL Parcel International Standard DHL Packet International
African CountriesNovember 16, 2022November 14, 2022November 16, 2022November 14, 2022
AustraliaNovember 24, 2022November 22, 2022November 24, 2022November 22, 2022
BrazilNovember 16, 2022November 14, 2022December 16, 2022December 14, 2022
CanadaDecember 1, 2022November 29, 2022December 1, 2022November 29, 2022
Eastern EuropeNovember 30, 2022November 298, 2022November 23, 2022November 21, 2022
France December 3, 2022December 1, 2022December 3, 2022December 1, 2022
GermanyDecember 6, 2022December 2, 2022December 3, 2022December 1, 2022
Hong KongNovember 29, 2022November 25, 2022November 24, 2022November 22, 2022
IsraelNovember 30, 2022November 298, 2022November 26, 2022November 23, 2022
JapanDecember 2, 2022November 30, 2022November 29, 2022November 25, 2022
MexicoNovember 15, 2022November 11, 2022November 15, 2022November 11, 2022
New ZealandNovember 24, 2022November 22, 2022November 24, 2022November 22, 2022
Rest of AsiaNovember 29, 2022November 25, 2022November 19, 2022November 17, 2022
Rest of Latin AmericaNovember 16, 2022November 14, 2022November 16, 2022November 14, 2022
RussiaNovember 17, 2022November 15, 2022November 16, 2022November 14, 2022
ThailandNovember 24, 2022November 22, 2022November 24, 2022November 22, 2022
The United KingdomDecember 10, 2022December 8, 2022December 8, 2022December 6, 2022
Western EuropeDecember 3, 2022December 1, 2022December 1, 2022November 29, 2022
FEDEX – INTERNATIONAL
FedEx International Economy FedEx International Priority
Puerto RicoDecember 20, 2022December 16, 2022N/AN/A
CanadaDecember 17, 2022December 15, 2022December 18, 2022December 16, 2022
MexicoDecember 20, 2022December 16, 2022December 21, 2022December 19, 2022
Other DestinationsDecember 15, 2022December 13, 2022December 17, 2022December 15, 2022

 

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