Getting your gifts delivered for Christmas 2018 Dec 6, 2018 Catherine Hunter The presents are bought and wrapped … now they just need to get to their recipient! Here at Secureship we’re making things easy with our 5 tips on shipping for the Christmas holidays ... from when the last shipping days are to getting the documentation right, we've got it covered. 1) Find out when the last shipping days are Canada Post has suspended all delivery guarantees due to the backlog from the strike. It’s so bad that parcels being delivered internationally could be delayed until March 2019. So, for your parcels to be delivered in time for Christmas Day, you’ll need to use another carrier. The times given by the carriers assume best case scenarios to major locations. It’s likely they will be experiencing higher than normal volumes of packages so the earlier you ship, the better!We have suggested earlier shipping dates to take into account both the higher volumes of packages and the potential for other delays caused by factors outside of the carriers' control.Purolator shipping deadlinesFedEx shipping deadlines UPS shipping deadlinesPurolator shipping deadlinesService typeCarrier deadlineSuggested ship dateDelivery StandardCanada next-dayDec 20thDec 16th1 business dayUSA next-dayDec 20thDec 16th1 business dayUSA (ground)Dec 13thDec 6th 2+ business daysMexico, Caribbean, South and Central AmericaDec 18thDec 12th2+ business daysWestern Europe, (including UK, France and Germany)Dec 18thDec 12th 2+ business daysAustraliaDec 18thDec 12th 2+ business daysEast Asia (including China, Japan and Thailand)Dec 17thDec 11th2+ business daysOther international destinationsDec 11th2+ business days FedEx shipping deadlines Service typeCarrier deadlineSuggested ship dateDelivery StandardFirst OvernightDec 21stDec 17th1 business dayPriority OvernightDec 21stDec 17th1 business dayStandard OvernightDec 21stDec 17th1 business dayGroundDec 13thDec 6th1-7 business daysInternational FirstDec 20thDec 14th2-4 business daysInternational PriorityDec 20thDec 14th2-4 business daysInternational EconomyDec 17thDec 10th5-7 business days UPS shipping deadlines Service typeCarrier deadlineSuggested ship dateDelivery StandardExpeditedDec 20thDec 16th1-2 business daysExpress EarlyDec 21stDec 15th1 business dayExpressDec 21stDec 15th1 business dayExpress SaverDec 21stDec 15th1 business day 2) Check what can and cannot be shipped Some things can’t be sent through the mail. Whilst the majority of items are perfectly fine, some are restricted or prohibited either by the carriers or Customs if you are shipping internationally. If you ship prohibited or restricted items you risk substantial penalties including confiscation or prosecution.For international shipments, check with the Customs department of the destination country for what is prohibited or restricted. Shipping 107 has more about what can and can’t be safely shipped. 3) Pack your gift properly Packaging your item properly is crucial to protect it from any knocks or bumps. Packaging needs to conform to the ISTA 3A Shipping Standard to be eligible for insurance and refunds should anything go wrong. Secureship has tips for how to pack items for shipping here.No matter how carefully you pack your gift, any package going through the postal system is vulnerable to damage caused by the shipping process. Insuring the items can give you peace of mind, but not everything is insurable. Items which can’t be insured include:- Antiques- Artwork- Alcohol- Televisions- Jewelry in excess of $500- Perishable goods- Personal belongingsFor customers shipping their items through Secureship, there is the option to purchase additional insurance. To learn more about shipping insurance, take a peek at Shipping 201. Check with your carrier for a complete list of uninsurable items. 4) Clearly label the parcel Getting the labelling right can help to reduce potential delays. The following are common issues which cause parcels to be lost or delayed:- Ambiguous or illegible writing- Incorrect information- Old shipping labels on packaged- Damaged labelsTo avoid these issues, remember to:- Use a new box with no previous labels attached- Print the postage label- Attach a "documents enclosed" wallet to protect the Customs documentsDon’t forget to include a commercial invoice for international shipments. These are created automatically when you purchase your shipping through Secureship. For more information on reducing delays, check out our Shipping 104. 5) Get the documentation right! When you are shipping internally the documentation needed is very basic – just a clear, easy to read address label is fine. If you are shipping internationally you’ll need a commercial invoice as a minimum. This acts as a Customs declaration and is needed for any package sent outside of Canada. When you’re sending gifts, you’ll need to clearly indicate that the package is a gift shipment: Don't worry about creating a commercial invoice yourself - they are automatically generated when you ship packages through Secureship. For more information on other types of documents you might need, check here. There it is … follow these five steps, sit back and relax as your parcel goes on its way! Merry Christmas from everyone at Secureship! About Secureship Secureship® offers an online service that helps businesses and organizations ship more efficiently and affordably. Providing instant price shopping across multiple carriers, Secureship is the best choice for reduced rate shipping. In addition, Secureship offers benefits such as a consolidated shipping system regardless of the carrier you choose, built-in address book, convenient invoicing and shipment management. Visit our shipping estimate tool to see how much you can reduce your shipping expenses.