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Peak Season Service Alerts, Calendars & Tips

Worldwide Express 2020 Holiday Hub

The peak season is in full effect, keeping shippers on the edge of their seats. We're here for you, providing the latest information and key resources to keep you focused on giving your customers a happier holiday.

Use this page as your one-stop-shop throughout the holiday rush to stay up to date on:

  • Carrier service alerts
  • Holiday service schedules
  • Rates and surcharges
  • Best practices, tips and resources

Important deadlines and reminders for your holiday shipping

UPS® alertsUpdated 12/1/2020

  • Tuesday, Dec. 15: Last day to ship with UPS® Ground service for Dec. 24 delivery
  • Monday, Dec. 21: This is the last day to ship UPS 3 Day Select® packages for delivery on Thursday, Dec. 24
  • See the UPS shipping schedule below for more upcoming deadlines and make sure to factor that into every booked shipment, along with noting any days with shortened pickup windows and operating hours.
  • The UPS Service Guarantee is currently suspended for all shipments. Plan for an extra day or two for deliveries.
    • Note: UPS Next Day Air Saver® and UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.® have end-of-day delivery windows

Freight alertsUpdated 12/1/2020

  • Check SpeedShip® for the latest updates to carrier-specific rates, surcharges and delivery date guarantees
  • Throughout the peak season, freight carriers are continuing to update their schedules. See the most up-to-date freight carrier schedule below.

UPS Shipping Calendar       Freight Shipping Calendar

Service alerts

Make sure to regularly check out our Service Alerts page before booking shipments to ensure your shipments stay on track.

Service Alerts

Pro tip:

  • Carriers have suspended service guarantees for the peak season. Keep your customers in the loop with proactive status changes.
  • When delays happen, make sure your shipments are first in the pecking order. Next-day services from UPS® take precedence over two- and three-day services, which in turn take priority over Ground shipments.

Holiday rates and surcharges

Fuller trucks lead to higher costs. This year, carriers are experiencing even higher demand than usual. Plan your budget for surcharges and higher rates per value-added service. This includes a peak surcharge, fuel, special handling, package dimensions and other factors.

UPS Parcel Service
UPS Peak Surcharges come with terms and conditions based on a shipper's volume, chosen service levels, departure and arrival locations, date of booking and other variables.

As of October 30, current Peak Surcharges apply to:

  • UPS® Ground Residential, UPS® Air Residential and UPS SurePost® packages for all U.S. origins and destinations, for qualifying customers
  • International shipments from all origins to all destinations
  • Large Packages, packages that are Over Maximum Limits and packages that require Additional Handling

UPS Peak Surcharges

Refer to the UPS website, above, for full details of applicable Peak Surcharges. UPS may change rates as the season progresses and there's a lot to digest. We're happy to walk you through a full breakdown of these additional costs.

Freight Services
Surcharges will vary between carriers, but you should anticipate higher rates and additional charges. We talk to your LTL and FTL carriers every day – contact us for help navigating the full costs of shipments.

Best Practices, Tips & Resources

A few key nuances might make the difference this season. Keep these factors in mind when planning your shipments this holiday:

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