Yes, it’s that time of year again, where we publish our Christmas 2017 last posting dates !
Christmas 2017 Last Posting Dates – UK
|Service||Last Posting Date|
|Economy Delivery||Monday 18th December|
|Royal Mail 48 / Tracked 48||Wednesday 20th December|
|Royal Mail 24 / Tracked 24||Thursday 21st December|
|Royal Mail Special Delivery||Thursday 21st December|
|Local Delivery (where applicable)||Saturday 23rd December|
For all the dates above, you should probably aim to submit your order by noon. We will keep packing and shipping right up until the point where we have to seal the post bags as the postman comes through the door to collect, but at busy times of the year like this, order synchronisation from our site to our shipping software can sometimes be a little slow.
Don’t forget also that around this time of year, Royal Mail can get very busy and their service times will slip. For most of December, it’s fair to expect the “48” services to take 4-5 days minimum. Neither Royal Mail 24 or Royal Mail 48 are services which guarantee a delivery date; only Special Delivery does that. I definitely advise you not to leave things until the last minute !
Christmas 2017 Last Posting Dates – International
|Service||Last Posting Date|
|Africa, Middle East||Friday 1st December|
|Asia, Cyprus, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Far East||Wednesday 6th December|
|Caribbean, Central and South America||Thursday 7th December|
|Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey||Friday 8th December|
|Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland||Tuesday 13th December|
|Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA||Wednesday 13th December|
|Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland||Friday 15th December|
|Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg||Friday 15th December|
We definitely advise you to put international orders in as early as possible. Royal Mail are already feeling the strain – we heard from a friend that Australia is currently taking about 18 days from posting to delivery.
Also, just to keep you updated, Royal Mail are making some changes to their international services and prices very shortly. They officially take effect on 2nd January, but this means they’ll actually affect any orders coming in over the New Year weekend, as there are no post collections from 30th December to 2nd January. The main changes seem to be that they are holding or very slightly decreasing prices on International Tracked & Signed deliveries, but increasing prices for non-tracked post and removing the Large Letter service for items classed as “goods” for many non-EU destinations. In non-technical speak, non-tracked international post is going up about 4% or 5% while ones that used to be Large Letters to non-EU countries are going up about 300%. I guess I’ll be spending the Christmas break updating postage tables in our website control panel !