Christmas 2018: Posting deadlines

Christmas posting deadlines 2018

Published in Deadlines

It’s now just a couple of weeks until Christmas, so we’ve put together a list of those all-important last posting dates for delivery before Christmas.

Deadlines for pre-Christmas delivery in the UK

Royal Mail

Tuesday 18 December

2nd Class

Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class

Thursday 20 December

1st Class

Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class

Royal Mail Tracked 48®*

Friday 21 December

Royal Mail Tracked 24®*

Saturday 22 December

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®


The recommended last posting date for Parcelforce Worldwide’s Next Day UK services express9, express10, expressAM and express24 is Friday 21st December.

For express48 and express48large, its two day UK services, the recommended latest posting date is Thursday 20th December.

For customers posting abroad to Western Europe, the USA & Canada using its GlobalExpress service, parcels must be sent by Monday 17th December.

Parcels going to the Republic of Ireland on its IrelandExpress service should be sent by Wednesday 19th December if they are to arrive in time for Christmas.


  • Allow 3-5 working days for parcels after the courier collects

  • Allow 2-4 working days after parcels are dropped off a at a ParcelShop


DPD recommend making sure you send your parcel in plenty of time if you wish for it to arrive in time for Christmas.

DPD and DPD Local are both closed:

Tuesday 25 December

Wednesday 26 December

Tuesday 1 January 2019

New Year's Day

APC Overnight

APC Overnight recommend dispatching parcels by Wednesday 19th December for delivery before Christmas.

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