When shipping a package, one of the first questions your recipient might ask is, "When will it get here?"

USPS offers a variety of service commitments for their shipping services, but it's important to note that many of these timeframes are only estimates 😉 For most services, USPS doesn't guarantee a delivery date, nor offer a refund for a late arrival.

On the other hand, UPS provides more accurate delivery timeframes, and even offers time-definite services which feature delivery during certain times of the day.

For both USPS and UPS, we've broken down everything you need to know for each service below:

USPS

First Class Package

  • Estimated delivery within 2-5 business days

  • Subject to delays

  • No money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

Priority Mail (Weight-based, Cubic, Flat Rate, Regional Rate)

  • Estimated delivery within 1-3 business days

  • Subject to delays

  • No money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

Priority Mail Express

  • Guaranteed overnight delivery in urban areas

  • Guaranteed 2-day delivery in rural areas

  • Money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

Parcel Select Ground

  • Estimated delivery within 2-8 days

  • Subject to delays

  • No money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

Media Mail

  • Estimated delivery within 2-8 business days

  • Subject to delays

  • No money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

Simple Export Rate

  • Estimated delivery within 1-3 weeks, depending on the country

  • Subject to delays

  • Estimated delivery time does not include customs processing

  • No money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

First Class Package International

  • Estimated delivery within 1-3 weeks, depending on the country

  • Subject to delays

  • Estimated delivery time does not include customs processing

  • No money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

Priority Mail International

  • Estimated delivery within 6-10 business days, depending on the country

  • Subject to delays

  • Estimated delivery time does not include customs processing

  • No money-back guarantee from USPS for late delivery

Priority Mail Express International

  • Estimated delivery within 3-5 business days, depending on the country

  • Subject to delays

  • Estimated delivery time does not include customs processing

UPS

UPS Ground®

  • Delivery timeframe of 1-5 business days, depending on where you're shipping

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS 3 Day Select®

  • Delivery timeframe of 3 business days

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS 2nd Day Air®

  • Delivery timeframe of 2 business days, including two time-definite delivery options with 2nd Day Air AM®

  • Two time-definite delivery options with 2nd Day Air AM based on where you’re shipping from and to: 10:30 A.M. or 12:00 P.M. of the second business day to most destinations in the United States

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS Next Day Air®

  • Delivery timeframe of the morning of the next business day, with some destinations qualifying for early morning or end-of-day delivery

    • Next Day Air Early® offers overnight delivery as early as 8:00 A.M. to most major cities in the United States, or by 9:30 A.M. to most other domestic destinations

    • Next Day Air Saver® offers delivery by end-of-day on the next business day

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS Standard®

  • Delivery timeframe of 3-7 business days for packages going to Mexico and Canada

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS Worldwide Expedited®

  • Delivery timeframe of 1-5 business days, depending on the country you’re shipping to

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS Worldwide Saver®

  • Delivery in 1-3 business days

    • 1 business day to Canada, 2 business days to Mexico, and 3 business days to most major international cities

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS Worldwide Express®

  • Delivery in 1-3 business days

    • 1 day delivery to Canada & Mexico and 2-3 business days for the rest of the world, depending on the country you're shipping to

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

UPS Worldwide Express Plus®

  • Delivery in 1-3 business days (delivery takes place earlier in the day than Worldwide Express)

    • 1 day delivery to Canada and 2-3 business days for the rest of the world, depending on the country you're shipping to

  • No money-back guarantee from UPS for late delivery

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Keep in mind that us pirates only have access to the same USPS and UPS tracking information as you, so we may not be able to provide the expected delivery date for your shipment 😅

To get the most accurate estimates from USPS, you can check out the USPS Service Commitments tool. For UPS shipments, you can get the most accurate real-time estimates by entering your tracking number into the UPS tracking portal.

Note: Due to COVID-19, all USPS shipping services (excluding domestic Priority Mail Express) are subject to extended service delays until further notice. Domestic USPS shipping services may take between 4-5 days (or longer) for delivery. International service commitments vary depending on the country, but you can review specific service disruptions here.

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