As the holiday sales season now upon us, U.S. sellers need to start preparing the final push. But there are important shipping dates to know. THe first deadline is only over a month away for mail destined to military and diplomatic overseas addresses (APO/FPO/DPO).
Here is the USPS chart for USPS international shipments and APO/FPO/DPO addresses.
In this second chart from ShipStation, it shows domestic deadlines and operational hours from USPS, UPS, and FedEx.
Weather Always Matters
Keep in mind that weather delays are always possible. Also, both FedEx and UPS traditionally do not guarantee ground service delivery dates as we get closer to the final days. We will update you with that information.
Also except for Priority Mail Express, USPS does not guarantee delivery dates. And while many people think Priority Mail Express is next day delivery, that is not the case for many non-metro areas.
Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
The situation in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands is very fluid. It does appear USPS is able to delivery to many addresses or a post office near the address.
But there are issues with tracking information not being updated promptly due to power outages. You may also want to add signature required for higher value shipments, even if the customer did not pay for it.
For eBay and Amazon shipments, keep an eye out on your on-time metrics. eBay considers both destinations domestic shipments and while the company never stated such publically, we believe they are not being counted as late.
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To help you with your holiday shipping season, https://eseller365.com will keep you up to date on shipping issues that may impact your deliveries. This includes domestic and international shipments.
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