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Christmas 2020 Latest Posting Times

Christmas 2020 Latest Posting Times

Posted by Kev on 31st Oct 2020

Royal Mail have released their recommended latest Christmas Posting dates for 2020.

At Woolstack we always aim to dispatch your orders quickly - same or next day. We then rely on Royal Mail and others to actually deliver your package safely and quickly to you.

In the lead up to Christmas the postal services come under lots more pressure and we always see many more packages taking longer than normal to arrive.

The good news is that there is no noticeable increase in the number of lost packages (which is a vanishingly small number at all times). We normally notice that the postal services give things an extra push to try and clear everything through before the big day.

However, you can be waiting days longer (or even weeks to some overseas destinations) - not great when you're trying to get things ready for Christmas!

While these are Royal Mail's recommended dates, they don't guarantee delivery - so we always recommend ordering early and not leaving it to the last minute. 

This is especially true at this time when Covid is disrupting postal services and customs worldwide, and increasing the amount of post in the system as people more often buy online. Our expectation is that this is going to be a tough couple of months for the postal service, as we are already seeing UK and overseas services more often taking much longer than they normally would.

Order No Later Than Destination (& Service)
Thursday 3 December Australia and New Zealand
Tuesday 8 December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
Wednesday 9 December Canada, Cyprus, Malta
Thursday 10 December Greece, Eastern Europe (except Slovakia) Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and USA
Tuesday 15 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Thursday 17 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
UK (Royal Mail 48 / Free Postage)
Sunday 20 December UK (Royal Mail 24 / Royal Mail Tracked 48)
Monday 21 December UK (Royal Mail Tracked 24)
Tuesday 22 December email us


At risk of repeating, these are recommended last postal dates. Based on our past experience with postal services worldwide, especially this year, some sent even on these days will not arrive by Christmas. We will dispatch your order as quickly as we can, but then it's in the hands of Royal Mail, your local postal services and customs.

So, please, don't delay!

Any questions, please just get in contact - email is best. Hope you have a great Christmas!


Links to further information from Royal Mail:

Royal Mail Last Posting Dates

Royal Mail Service Updates

Royal Mail International Incidents