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Last Posting Dates for Christmas in the UK (2018)

October 18, 2018


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You’re still a bit of a ways from sitting by the fireplace, eating mince pies, and popping Christmas crackers. But before you can shamelessly enjoy the most magical time of the year, you need to get one thing 100% ready to go: your shipping and fulfilment process. And one of the most crucial parts of holiday shipping preparation is knowing your couriers’ last posting dates for Christmas.

We don’t want you to waste time visiting each individual courier’s website to find their specific posting dates. So we’ve consolidated them into one handy blog post!

Take a look at the 2018 holiday last posting dates for some of the UK’s biggest couriers, including Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide, and Hermes. (Last posting dates for UPS UK, FedEx UK, DHL UK, and DPD coming soon!)

Royal Mail Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

Royal Mail Domestic Services

 Service Latest Recommended Posting Dates
 2nd Class; Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class Tuesday, 18 December
 1st Class; Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class Thursday, 20 December
 Royal Mail Tracked 48® Thursday, 20 December
 Royal Mail Tracked 24® Friday, 21 December
 Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® Saturday, 22 December

Royal Mail International Economy

 Region Posting Date
 Australia, New Zealand and all other non-European destinations (except Middle East,
 South Africa, Far East, USA, and Canada)
Friday, 28 September
 Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore) Saturday, 29 September
 South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada Saturday, 13 October
 Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta,
Saturday, 3 November
 Western Europe Saturday, 17 November

Royal Mail International Standard and International Tracking and Signature Services

 Region Posting Date
 Africa, Middle East Tuesday, 4 December
 Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia) Friday, 7 December
 Caribbean, Central and South America Saturday, 8 December
 Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand Monday, 10 December
 Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, USA Friday, 14 December
 Finland, Sweden Saturday, 15 December
 Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland,
Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland
Monday, 17 December
 Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg Tuesday, 18 December

Royal Mail International HM Forces Mail

 Service Latest Recommended Posting Dates
 Operational HM Forces Monday, 26 December
 Static HM Forces Friday, 14 December


Parcelforce Worldwide Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

Parcelforce Worldwide UK Last Posting Dates

 Service Delivery by Monday, 24 December
 Timed Services
express9, express10, expressAM, expressPM
Send by Friday, 21 December
 Next Day Services
Send by Friday, 21 December
 Two Day Services
express48, express48large
Send by Thursday, 20 December


Hermes Last Posting Dates for Christmas Delivery

Hermes Last Posting Dates UK

 Service Delivery by Monday, 24 December
 Last day for courier collection Wednesday, 19 December
 Last day for Parcelshop drop-off Thursday, 20 December at 12:00pm
 European lanes Wednesday, 12 December

Holiday shipping deadlines for parcels last posting dates for Christmas in the UK.

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