Christmas posting dates 2018


Christmas posting dates 2018

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The festive season is well and truly here.

For many businesses this is often a busy time of year, with a long list of deliveries that need to made before the Christmas cut off.

If you’re looking to ship to your customers in time for the 25th, here are the Royal Mail’s latest recommended posting dates for 2018.

Make sure you beat the festive rush and get all your letters and parcels in the post on time!


18 December

·         2nd Class

·         Royal Mail Signed For 2nd Class


20 December

·         1st Class

·         Royal Mail Signed For 1st Class

·         Royal Mail Tracked 48


21 December

·         Royal Mail Tracked 24


22 December

·         Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

Shipping internationally? No problem – but you’ll have to act a little sooner:

4 December

Africa, Middle East

7 December

Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

8 December

Caribbean, Central and South America

10 December

Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand

14 December

Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA

15 December

Finland, Sweden

17 December

Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

18 December

Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Tips on preparing your Christmas post

Remember, the Christmas period is a busy time for the Royal Mail too so make sure to take extra care preparing your post to ensure it arrives at its destination safe and sound. Follow Royal Mail’s festive postage tips:

Wrapped and ready

Always make sure items are wrapped and packaged properly to avoid damage.

Addressing your post

Be sure to use clearly labelled envelopes and always include the postcode and a return address.

Getting the postage right

The amount of postage you pay depends on what you're sending, so check the size and weight of your item before you post.
A franking machine with a built-in scale can help you ensure you always ship your goods with the correct postage. Plus, as postage can be printed and affixed straight onto your post, you’ll never over or under pay.

If you already use a franking machine, don’t forget to add a festive message to your post stamp to bring a little extra festive cheer to each and every one of your customers this Christmas.

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