Get Prepared for Christmas Posting

You may not want to hear this, but Christmas really is just around the corner!

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Preparations may have already started for some, whereas others like to leave it until the last minute. Whichever category you fall into – whether you have everything wrapped and ready to go in October or use same day courier Manchester for your great aunt on Christmas Eve – remember that Royal Mail and Parcelforce have already announced last post dates. This article will ensure you don’t miss these all important deadlines.

Royal Mail Last Posting Dates

Tuesday 18 December – for second class post and Royal Mail signed-for second class post.
Thursday 20 December – for first class post, Royal Mail signed-for first class post and Royal Mail tracked 48.
Friday 21 December – for Royal Mail tracked 24.
Saturday 22 December – for Royal Mail special delivery guaranteed. Any later and you could be looking at using a courier service. That great aunt in Manchester? Try
Royal Mail Standard Airmail and International Tracking Signature Services.
Tuesday 4 December – for Africa and the Middle East.
Friday 7 December – for Malta, Cyprus, Far East, Asia and Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland).
Saturday 8 December – for Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Monday 10 December – for Turkey, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.
Friday 14 December – for Italy, Canada, Poland, Czech Republic and USA.
Saturday 15 December – Finland and Sweden.
Monday 17 December – for Austria, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Tuesday 18 December – for France, Belgium, Ireland and Luxembourg.

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Some of these dates have already gone so beware of the long lead times. Current ones include:
Saturday 3 November – for Greece, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, Iceland, Malta and Singapore.
Saturday 17 November – for Western Europe.

HM Forces Mail/BFPO

Monday 26 November – for Operational HM Forces.
Friday 14 December – for static HM Forces.

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Monday 17 December – for Western Europe.
Monday 17 December – for rest of Europe and the rest of the world.
Monday 17 December – for USA and Canada.

Parcelforce Worldwide International Irelandexpress

Wednesday 19 December – Republic of Ireland.


It’s worth sticking to these dates for obvious reasons: nobody likes the last-minute rush!

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