2020 Last Posting Dates for Christmas in the UK

November 5, 2020

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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 Friday 18 December 2020
 1st Class; Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class Monday 21 December 2020
 Royal Mail Tracked 48® Monday 21 December 2020
 Royal Mail Tracked 24® Tuesday 22 December 2020
 Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® Wednesday 23 December 2020

For Royal Mail’s international deadlines, head here

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 Wednesday 23 December 2020
Next Day Services
Express 24
Send by Wednesday 23 December 2020
 Two Day Services
Express 48, Express 48 Large
Send by Tuesday 22 December 2020

Hermes Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

 Service Last Posting Date
 Last day for courier collection Saturday 19 December 2020
 Last day for Standard Parcelshop drop-off Monday 21 December at 12:00pm 
 Last day for Next Day Parcelshop drop-off Tuesday 22 December at 12:00pm

DPD Last Posting Days

For DPD domestic parcels, the last collection date for delivery before Christmas Day would be Wednesday 23rd December 2020. Parcels collected on Wednesday 23rd December would be due for delivery on Thursday 24th December.

DHL Express Last Posting Days

For the full list of the last posting days for DHL Express shipments leaving the UK, click here.

2020 Last Posting Days UK

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

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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