Recommended Christmas posting dates and deliveries

The 2019 Royal Mail and Post Office guide to Christmas deliveries is now available to pick up in store.

With a number of latest recommended posting dates fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular destinations and services for your information below.

You can also find information on choosing the right service, safe posting and Click & Collect.  

As always, if you have any questions about deliveries and posting in time for Christmas, pop in and speak to Gary or give us a call.

Latest recommended posting dates

International Economy

South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada – Sat 12th Oct

Royal Mail International Standard & Royal Mail International tracked & signature services

Australia and New Zealand – Thursday 12th December

USA and Canada – Saturday 14th December

Spain and Germany – Monday 16th December

France – Wednesday 18th December

United Kingdom

2nd Class – Wednesday 18th December

1st Class – Friday 20th December

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed – Monday 23rd December

Parcelforce Worldwide express48 – Friday 20th December

Choosing the right service

There are different factors to consider when posting an item, which can be confusing. Luckily, Royal Mail have produced a handy table to help you choose the right service:

Factors to consider
Value of item Over £50 £20 to £50 Under £20
To arrive by Next working day, guaranteed

1st Class – aim to deliver next working day

2nd Class – aim to deliver in 2-3 working days

Tracking? Yes No No
Signature on delivery? Yes Yes No
Service recommended Special Delivery Guaranteed 1st Class or 2nd Class Signed For 1st Class or 2nd Class

Source: Post Office & Royal Mail Delivering Christmas leaflet (2019)

Posting safely

Did you know? Restrictions apply to posting many everyday items. Check there are no restrictions before you send, on the Post Office’s website here

Returns made easy

Simply drop your pre-paid item into any Post Office and visit royalmail.com to track your return.

Local Collect

Look for the Local Collect delivery option when you’re shopping online, to opt to have any gifts delivered directly to your local Post Office. 

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