Last Posting Dates for Christmas in the UK (2019)

October 11, 2019

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One of the most crucial parts of holiday shipping preparation is knowing which carrier services to use and when. Accommodating last-minute shoppers is vital, and knowing which services are available until which dates is crucial for cart conversions. We’ve gathered the most popular carriers and their services into one blog. Make sure that your checkout options reflect these deadlines below. When a customer doesn’t receive their gift in time, you face more headaches than losing a sell.

Royal Mail Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

Royal Mail Domestic Services

 Service Last Posting Date
 2nd Class; Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class Wednesday, 18 December
 1st Class; Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class Friday, 20 December
 Royal Mail Tracked 48® Friday, 20 December
 Royal Mail Tracked 24® Saturday, 21 December
 Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® Monday, 23 December

Royal Mail International Economy

 Region Last Posting Date
 Australia, New Zealand and all other non-European destinations (except Middle East,
 South Africa, Far East, USA, and Canada)
Saturday, 5 October
 Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore) Saturday, 29 September
 South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada Saturday, 5 October
 Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta,
Saturday, 2 November
 Western Europe Saturday, 16 November

Royal Mail International Standard and International Tracking and Signature Services

 Region Last Posting Date
Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and
South America, Far and Middle East
Monday, 9 December
Cyprus, Malta, Tuesday, 10 December
Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) Wednesday, 11 December
Australia, Greece, New Zealand and
Thursday 12 December
Canada, Czech Republic, Finland,
Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Saturday, 14 December
Finland, Sweden Saturday, 15 December
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland,
Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Monday, 16 December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg Wednesday, 18 December

Royal Mail International HM Forces Mail

 Service Last Posting Date
 Operational HM Forces Monday, 25 November
 Static HM Forces Friday, 13 December

Parcelforce Worldwide Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

Parcelforce Worldwide UK Last Posting Dates

 Service Last Posting Date
Timed Services
Express 9, Express 10, Express AM, Express PM
Send by Monday, 23 December
Next Day Services
Express 24
Send by Monday, 23 December
 Two Day Services
Express 48, Express 48 Large
Send by Friday, 20 December

Hermes Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

Hermes Last Posting Dates UK

 Service Last Posting Date
 Last day for courier collection Friday, 19 December
 Last day for Standard Parcelshop drop-off Saturday, 21 December at 12:00pm
 Last day for Next Day Parcelshop drop-off Sunday, 22 December at 12:00pm

2019 Last Posting Days UK

With the shipping cutoff dates above, we also put together a handy timeline graphic that shows you what services are available.

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If you use our holiday shipping deadlines infographic to start your holiday prep now, you’ll have plenty of time to calculate your own shipping cut off dates. And once you know your shipping schedule, you can start optimizing your shipping workflow to handle increased order volume. Plus, you’ll have more time to decide on which shipping promotions are best for your business and your customers.

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