Can I choose my Ship Date?
Can I buy a label and use it a few days later?
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Ship Date

In Pirate Ship, you can change your Ship Date and when your Tracking Emails will be sent. 

Both USPS and UPS allow you to set your ship date on Pirate Ship for up to 7 days into the future 👍

To schedule your Ship Date, fill out the recipient's information and package details and click GET RATES. Before you click BUY LABEL, click the calendar icon and select your ship date:

A screenshot showing the shipment details before a label is purchased. Towards the bottom of the page above the 'Buy Label' button, there's a line for Ship Date, and to the right of that there's a box where you can select the Ship Date up to 7 days in the future.

USPS usually allows you to ship your package as long as the Ship Date is within a few days of when you actually hand them the package... however, it is at each employee's discretion. They can technically refuse to ship your package if you wait too long! Best practice is to get your package into the mail stream as close to the postmarked date as possible. 

UPS® prefers that you use your labels within 100 days, but if you hand your package to UPS after that timeframe, they'll simply charge you an additional $3 "Missing PLD Fee" and deliver the package like normal.

In some instances, UPS may charge an "Unexpected Label Use" fee which is the price of your original label. This occurs when UPS scans a label that has already been refunded (our software automatically refunds labels after 28 days) 👍 When you hand UPS a label that has been refunded, UPS will apply the "Unexpected Label Use" fee for the cost of your original label, plus the $3 "Missing PLD" fee.

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