Once again it is the time of year when we tell people in Boston to ship holiday gifts internationally now if you want them to arrive on time. While UPS, FedEx, and other international freight carriers can typically deliver parcels from Boston to Europe within 1-2 business days, and from Boston to Japan in 3-5 days, as we all know, heavy holiday season demand can slow those timelines way down.
Also it is important to understand that the fastest shipping options cost the most money. If you’re trying to stretch your budget, you’ll want to make sure to meet the earliest international holiday shipping deadlines. Based on information from the USPS Recommended Send Date for international packages, get your gifts that are going to Africa, Central America, and South America sent by November 29. For the rest of the world, the date is December 6.
What happens if you miss those dates? Choosing the faster, more expensive shipping options, you have final cut off dates ranging between 12/20 and 12/22 for Christmas delivery – and this is not guaranteed, as weather events, disturbances, and other events beyond the freight carrier’s control can always happen.
Basically, we’re on Team Ship Early! It’s better to have holiday gifts arrive a little early and your recipient enjoys the delicious anticipation of opening them up than to have your carefully selected presents arrive well after the fact.
Need help making it happen? We have everything you need – including cardboard shipping boxes, packing materials, and expert assistance – to ship packages internationally from Boston. We’re experts at packing fragile items, like glassware and artwork, as well as delicate electronics. Whether you’re sending gifts down the street or around the world, we’ll help you spread the holiday cheer. Full insurance and package tracking options mean you have peace of mind throughout the process.