Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Christmas is a festival which is enthusiastically celebrated all over the world. We all get very excited at that time of the year when the Christmas is around the corner. But, we also need to keep in mind that Christmas comes along with a long list of holidays. Hence, for all of us it becomes essential that along with the preparation of the festivities and the celebration, we also need to do the planning of the services that are dependent on the public organizations. For example, if we want to send some shipments or important mails, we need to pre-plan the same and hand over to the postal or package delivery companies much before the holidays of the Christmas begin.

That’s why we are here to help you and make you aware of the last posting dates for Christmas of this year or the impending Christmas 2017. With this information, you will be able to know the cut-off date and plan when to send your shipment so that it gets delivered to the other party well on time.

Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2017:

Last Posting DatesSo, as we discussed above, it is very important for us to know the last post day before Christmas 2017 in the case we are planning to send our Christmas cards or gifts to our friends and family. We will provide information both for the UK and the overseas, here.

It is good that Royal Mail has announced its Christmas and New Year last posting dates. This has helped us know well in advance the dates, and we can plan accordingly. If you send your Christmas greeting cards and packages before the given deadline, you can remain assured that the recipient will surely receive the delivery of the same well on time and that too before the day of the Christmas.

The below-given list includes the last December postage dates for the delivery, order, and postage in the country of Britain and other countries all across the world.

The last Christmas posting dates for the UK for Christmas 2017 are mentioned below:

Date Day Service
20th Dec Wednesday 2nd class and Royal Mail signed for the 2nd class
21st Dec Thursday 1st class, Royal Mail signed for 1st class, and Royal Mail special delivery guaranteed
22nd Dec Friday Royal Mail special delivery and Royal Mail special delivery Saturday

December 20th, 2017 (Wednesday)

  • 2nd class and Royal Mail signed for the 2nd class

December 21st, 2017 (Thursday) – the last day for 1st class posting at Christmas

  • The last day for first class post before Christmas is Dec 21st for 1st class, Royal Mail signed for 1st class and Royal Mail special delivery guaranteed

December 22nd, 2017 (Friday)

  • Royal Mail special delivery. The delivery on Saturday is also guaranteed

The other way of representing the Royal Mail services within the UK is:

  • 19 December (Tuesday) – Royal Mail 48
  • 20 December (Wednesday) – Royal Mail tracked 48, Royal Mail 24
  • 21 December (Thursday) – Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed, Royal Mail Tracked 24
  • 22 December (Friday) – Royal Mail Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed

The last day for Christmas post for International or overseas are mentioned below:

Here is the information on International Standard and all the International Tracking and Signature services. These are the last posting day for Xmas to post for international standard mail using the services of the Royal Mail:

December 2nd (Saturday)

  • Africa
  • Middle East

December 6th (Wednesday)

  • Far East
  • Eastern Europe: which does not include the countries like Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia
  • Asia
  • Cyprus

December 7th (Thursday)

  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Central America

December 9th (Saturday)

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Greece

December 13th (Wednesday)

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland

December 14th (Thursday)

  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Canada
  • US

December 15th (Friday)

  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland

December 16th (Saturday)

  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Belgium
  • France

The details on the last posting dates for Christmas international concerning Royal mail international Economy:

  • Thursday 16th Nov: Western Europe
  • Thursday 2nd Nov: Cyprus, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Greece, Malta, and Iceland
  • Thursday 12th Oct: Singapore, USA, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Canada
  • Thursday 28th Sep: Middle and the Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
  • Wednesday 27th Sep: Australia, New Zealand and all other non-European destinations (except USA, Middle East, South Africa, Far East, and Canada)

Online shopping is one of the best and preferred ways of shopping and getting our work done. We can go online right until the Christmas, but we need to ensure that the presents we send to our friends and relatives go on time through the online way as well.

Christmas Eve is the last day for the normal deliveries and Saturday collection too. Do remember that when you are shopping online, keep some buffer time with you as the retailer may need some additional days to deliver the items to you. Since, the sites like Amazon, Tesco, ASOS, etc. may have their own rules and guidelines, do not forget to check their websites for details.

If you want to order online, here are the Xmas posting dates to order online:

  • There will be no deliveries or collection on the Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and December 27
  • Normal deliveries and collection will happen on the dates December 28, 29, 30 and New Year’s Eve
  • Again, there will be no deliveries or collection on New Year’s Day and January 2
  • Normal deliveries and collection to resume on January 3 (But not in Scotland)
  • Normal deliveries and collection on January 4 (everywhere)

The workers at the Royal Mail have been working very hard to gear up for their impending busiest day of the year – Christmas. They wish to make sure that their millions of customers’ Christmas greetings and parcels reach its destination on time. Also, the staff at the Medway Mail Centre sort more than six hundred thousand parcels on this day which is just double of their regular workload. Presently, there are around 430 seasonal staff at the centre over and above the permanent workforce.

In the UK, there are around 20k temporary staff for Royal Mail. Those are specially hired to handle the Christmas rush. The volume of the mails gets triple for this organization when the Christmas approaches. The organization begins the planning as early as in April every year.

You will be surprised to know that last year, the Royal Mail sent more than 138 million parcels during the time of Christmas. Isn’t this eye-popping? Though we do not have a separate data for how many Christmas cards were sent, but as per the market report presented by the Greeting Card Association, it was said that in the UK, around one billion Christmas cards were sold in the year 2016. Further drilling down, this includes around 100 million single cards and an around 900 million sold in boxes and parcels.

Now you know the Christmas post deadlines 2017. On Wednesday, December 20th, last date is for the second-class mail, and December 21st it is for the first-class mail. Hence, the organization appeals to all its customers to post as early as possible to make sure that the cards, letters, and packages reach on time and before the Christmas Day.

Parcelforce Worldwide has also announced its recommended domestic and international last day posting Christmas 2017 for this year Christmas which is Christmas 2017. To check the Christmas posting dates for Parcelforce Worldwide, check the table below:

Starting with, Parcelforce Worldwide International globalexpress:

Date of last posting Day of last posting Country/Continent
December 18th Monday West Europe
December 19th Tuesday Rest of Europe, US / Canada, and Rest of the world
  • So, the last delivery date for Christmas is Dec 18th, for West Europe
  • And the last posting date is Dec 19th, for Rest of Europe, US or Canada, and Rest of the World.

Coming to the Parcelforce Worldwide International irelandexpress:

Date of last posting Day of last posting Country/Continent
December 20th Wednesday Republic of Ireland
  • As we see in the table above, the Christmas post deadline is Dec 20th, for the Republic of Ireland.

Next is the Parcelforce Worldwide Post Office Christmas posting dates for International globalprority:

Date of last posting Day of last posting Country/Continent
December 14th and 15th Thursday and Friday West Europe
December 14th Thursday US and Canada
November 30th to Dec 15th Thursday to Friday Rest of the Europe and Rest of the world
  • The last posting day is Dec 14th and 15th for West Europe
  • The last posting day is Dec 14th for US and Canada
  • The last posting day is Nov 30th to December 15th for Rest of the Europe and ROW

Now talking about Parcelforce Worldwide International globalvalue:

Date of last posting Day of last posting Country/Continent
December 11th and 14th Monday to Thursday West Europe
December 8th Friday US and Canada
November 20th to Dec 14th Monday to Thursday Rest of Europe and Rest of the world
  • The last mail deadlines for Christmas is Dec 11th to 14th for West Europe
  • The last posting day is Dec 8th for US and Canada
  • The last posting day is from Nov 20th to December 14th for Rest of Europe and ROW

Parcelforce Worldwide International globaleconomy:

Date of last posting Day of last posting Country/Continent
October 16th Monday US and Canada
September 29th to Nov 6th Friday to Monday Rest of the world
  • The last posting day is Oct 16th for US and Canada
  • The last posting day is Sep 29th to Nov 6th for ROW

This year the Christmas Eve is on a Sunday. The drivers of Parcelforce are on their heels to send and deliver all the cards and presents. If you have not yet sent the Christmas gift, and now wish to send the same, to get the delivery before Christmas, you can use the express24 service to do the same. This service will deliver your parcel on 23rd December. To use this service, you will have to pay extra fees of £9.00 Saturday delivery charge. So, it is advised that you must send your package before or on Thursday which is 21st December of this year to use the next-day services, or on Wednesday which is 20th December of this year for availing the two-day services.

This will be better understood with the help of the table below:

Services 22nd Dec delivery 23rd Dec delivery (With £9.00 Saturday delivery charge)
Express 9, Express 10, Express AM, Express PM (Timed Services) Must be sent by 21st Dec Not possible
Express 24 (Next day services) Must be sent by 21st Dec Must be sent by 22nd Dec
Express 48 and Express 48 large (two days services) Must be sent by 20th Dec Not possible

This table implies:

  • The timed Services like express 9, express 10, express AM, express PM, if you want the delivery on 22nd Dec (Friday), it must be sent latest by 21st December or on Thursday. If you want the delivery on 23rd Dec which will also cost you the £9.00 Saturday delivery charge, then this is not possible.
  • The next day services like express 24, if you want the delivery on 22nd Dec (Friday), it must be sent latest by 21st December or on Thursday. If you want the delivery on 23rd Dec which will also cost you the £9.00 Saturday delivery charge, then you must send latest by 22nd Dec (Friday).
  • The two-day Services like express 48 and express 48 large, if you want the delivery on 22nd Dec (Friday), it must be sent latest by 20th December or on Wednesday. If you want the delivery on 23rd Dec which will also cost you the £9.00 Saturday delivery charge, then this is not possible.

The depot opening hours list:

Depot Opening Hours

Date Status of the depot
23rd December Normal hours
24th December Closed
25th December Closed
26th December Closed
27th December Normal hours
28th December Normal hours
29th December Normal hours
30th December Normal hours
31st December Closed
1st January’18 Closed
2nd January’18 Normal hours (But not in Scotland)
3rd January’18 Normal hours

Conclusion:

In this era of digitalization, sending the handwritten Christmas cards to someone in the family or for a friend is one of the best things you can ever do. And this has been made possible by the carriers like Royal Mail and their determined staff that our festival becomes all the more exciting as the workers at Royal mail continue to spread our love-filled cards all around the country.

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