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Peak Season Deadlines

Peak season deadlines are based on delivery by Friday, November 27th, 2020, but to mitigate risk of any unforeseen delays, we highly recommend ordering at least 1 week before your product deadline.
COVID-19 continues to affect the global supply chain. Track factory and freight availability on the Network Status Tracker.

Important: These are the last dates to place final orders for delivery by Black Friday. Please allow extra time for the proofing process as well as pre-production samples. Read our FAQs about holiday orders →

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United States Ground Sep 4
10 weeks
Sep 18
8 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 25
12 weeks
Sep 8
10 weeks
Asia Air Sep 10
10 weeks
Sep 24
8 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Asia Air Sep 22
8 weeks
Oct 6
6 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 30
11 weeks
Sep 3
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 24
8 weeks
Sep 28
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 8
6 weeks
Oct 22
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 18
13 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 12
9 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 8
6 weeks
Oct 22
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 18
13 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 12
9 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 16
4 weeks
Oct 30
2 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 18
13 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 12
9 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 22
8 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Sep 21
8 weeks
Oct 12
5 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 21
12 weeks
Sep 4
10 weeks
Asia Air Sep 15
9 weeks
Sep 29
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 30
11 weeks
Sep 3
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 24
8 weeks
Sep 28
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Aug 25
12 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 19
8 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 21
12 weeks
Sep 4
10 weeks
Asia Air Sep 15
9 weeks
Sep 29
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Asia Air Sep 22
8 weeks
Oct 6
6 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 9
5 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 9
5 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Sep 25
7 weeks
Oct 9
5 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 30
11 weeks
Sep 3
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 24
8 weeks
Sep 28
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 16
4 weeks
Oct 23
3 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 21
12 weeks
Aug 25
12 weeks
Asia Air Sep 15
9 weeks
Sep 19
8 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Jul 27
16 weeks
Aug 10
14 weeks
Asia Air Aug 21
12 weeks
Sep 4
10 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 16
4 weeks
Oct 30
2 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 18
13 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 12
9 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 9
5 weeks
Oct 23
3 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 21
12 weeks
Sep 4
10 weeks
Asia Air Sep 15
9 weeks
Sep 29
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 9
5 weeks
Oct 23
3 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 21
12 weeks
Sep 4
10 weeks
Asia Air Sep 15
9 weeks
Sep 29
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Asia Air Sep 22
8 weeks
Oct 6
6 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 21
12 weeks
Aug 25
12 weeks
Asia Air Sep 15
9 weeks
Sep 19
8 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Asia Air Sep 22
8 weeks
Oct 6
6 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Sep 25
7 weeks
Oct 9
5 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 30
11 weeks
Sep 3
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 24
8 weeks
Sep 28
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 30
11 weeks
Sep 3
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 24
8 weeks
Sep 28
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 11
9 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 9
5 weeks
Oct 23
3 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Sep 11
9 weeks
Oct 2
6 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 1
15 weeks
Aug 22
12 weeks
Asia Air Aug 26
12 weeks
Sep 16
9 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 2
6 weeks
Oct 16
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 22
8 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 16
4 weeks
Oct 30
2 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 18
13 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 12
9 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Aug 25
12 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 19
8 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Oct 8
6 weeks
Oct 22
4 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 18
13 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 12
9 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 21
12 weeks
Aug 25
12 weeks
Asia Air Sep 15
9 weeks
Sep 19
8 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 28
11 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 22
8 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Sep 18
8 weeks
Oct 2
6 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 25
12 weeks
Sep 8
10 weeks
Asia Air Sep 19
8 weeks
Oct 3
6 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Sep 25
7 weeks
Oct 9
5 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
United States Ground Sep 25
7 weeks
Oct 9
5 weeks
Asia Ocean Aug 30
11 weeks
Sep 3
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 24
8 weeks
Sep 28
7 weeks
Production Freight First order Reorder
Asia Ocean Aug 11
14 weeks
Sep 1
11 weeks
Asia Air Sep 5
10 weeks
Sep 26
7 weeks

FAQs

For orders being shipped from Asia to the United States, we offer three options prioritized by lowest cost and lowest emissions, to highest cost and highest emissions.

  1. Ocean freight to the nearest port. The most cost-effective and lowest emissions option, but also the slowest. On average it takes an additional 2-4 weeks on top of our standard lead time to get to the East Coast compared to the West Coast using this method.
  2. Ocean freight to Los Angeles. Transferring to truck freight in Los Angeles can save time but adds to the expense. Ground freight from Los Angeles can reach most destinations in the continental US within 5 days. This can be a good compromise for shipments going to the East Coast that are time sensitive, however it increases shipping costs by 3-5 times depending on volume.
  3. Air freight. The fastest option but also the most expensive and least environmental as it generates 47 times the carbon emissions compared to ocean freight (MIT). Typically reduces the overall lead time by 3-7 weeks compared to ocean freight. Costs up to 10 times more than ocean freight.

We do offer partial shipping via air upon request, in cases where you may need a smaller quantity of units shipped urgently. Whenever possible we recommend using the first option (ocean freight to the nearest port) to minimize costs and carbon emissions.

Yes. Factories operate on a first-come first-served basis. Starting in July, volume increases significantly which means your order will be placed in a queue that is 1-4 weeks longer than other times throughout the year. The deadlines in our holiday calendar take this difference into account.

When planning your order, consider holidays which may cause factory closures. If your product is manufactured abroad, consider that some ports and customs offices are closed during holidays, which may add to the delay.

The lead times published in our Catalog and Delivery Schedule take into account delays caused by the holidays listed below. You can also find deadlines to receive packaging by Black Friday in our peak season deadlines tracker. Keep in mind that every manufacturer has specific lead times that will only be visible to you once you receive a quote.

United States

  • New Year’s Day: January 1
  • Memorial Day: last Monday of May
  • Independence Day: July 4
  • Labor Day: 1st Monday of September
  • Thanksgiving Day: fourth Thursday of November
  • Christmas Eve: December 24
  • Christmas Day: December 25

China

  • Chinese New Year: January 22 – February 22
  • Tomb Sweeping Day: April 5 – 8
  • Labor Day: April 29 – May 1
  • Dragon Boat Festival: June 7
  • Mid-Autumn Festival: September 13
  • Golden Week: October 1 – 7

It depends on the details of the order. We recommend that you request a quote or get in touch.

To ensure that your order progresses rapidly we recommend that you prepare your artwork ahead of time, and make sure it is properly formatted for manufacturing. See our formatting guidelines for instructions on vectorizing your designs and converting fonts to outlines.

The clock starts ticking once you approve the final production-ready artwork. You can save time by having it ready to go.

Yes. We do offer shipping from factories in Asia to other locations in Asia. Note that most lead times published on Lumi account for shipping to the United States which typically takes longer. If you need help estimating lead time for an order shipped in Asia, contact us.

Shipments traveling overseas must pass through customs which can sometimes be a cause of unexpected delays. Passing through customs can lead to delays because the ports can be backed up, particularly during busy times of the year (see holiday calendar). Furthermore, some ports in the US have been slowed down by port worker strikes.

Yes! Keep an eye on the Lumi Blog for roundups of our favorite design ideas for holiday packaging. You can also follow @Lumi on Instagram for inspiration from brands big and small.