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When are the Last Posting Dates in the UK for Christmas 2020?

Christmas time is one of the busiest time of the year, check now holiday shipping deadlines in the UK to ensure your packages get to their destination on time.
When are the Last Posting Dates in the UK for Christmas 2020?

By Jules


October 16, 2020

The John Lewis advert is out and the Fortnum & Mason windows are decorated. Christmas has arrived in the UK and with it, the need for online retailers to prepare for the rush of holiday shopping. You've probably been planning your campaigns and preparing your inventory for months now. But if you want to ensure your orders reach your customers in time, you'll want to be aware of the last posting dates for the UK and make sure your fulfillment processes can keep up with the holiday demand.

With the high street shops getting packed out during the holiday season and shoppers getting pressed for time, it's no surprise that British consumers are increasingly turning to online shopping to make their Christmas purchases. eCommerce retail generated £7.9 billion in sales in 2011, a figure which soared to £25 billion in 2016. Additionally, 41 percent of holiday spending was done online in 2017.

2020 Holiday Delivery Cutoffs in the UK

During the Holiday Season, you'll probably need to get deliver your customers' orders by Christmas. Of course, that means everyone needs to be aware of the last possible shipping dates. So once you've updated your website with holiday shipping rates and methods, don't forget to make sure to tell your customers the last day to send parcels to the UK for Christmas.

What are Royal Mail’s Last Christmas Posting Dates for 2020?

The UK's Royal Mail last posting dates for Christmas are pretty generous, but if you're going to cut it that close, there's no room for error.

Service Holiday Ship By Date
Royal Mail 2nd Class December 18, 2020
Royal Mail First Class December 21, 2020
Royal Mail Tracked 48 December 21, 2020
Royal Mail Tracked 24 December 22, 2020
Royal Mail Special Delivery (Guaranteed by 9am) December 23, 2020

Parcelforce Worldwide Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2020

For last-minute shoppers, Parcelforce will make sure any panic orders will be sitting under the Christmas tree before the big day.

Service Holiday Ship By Date
Percelforce Two Day Service Express 48 December 22, 2020
Parcelforce Timed Service - Express AM, Express PM, Next Day Service, Express 24 December 23, 2020

Hermes Last Posting Dates for 2020

Earlier orders make your job as an eCommerce retailer much easier. If you can encourage customers to place their orders well before the holidays, you can use Hermes' Courier Collection to have all your orders picked up and shipped off with minimal hassle to you. Just remember to meet the UK last posting dates for 2020.

Service Holiday Ship By Date
Hermes Courier Collection December 19, 2020
Hermes Standard Parcelshop Dropoff December 21, 2020
Hermes Next Day Parcelshop Dropoff December 23, 2020

2020 Domestic and International Holiday Delivery Deadlines

Now that you're aware of all the holiday shipping cutoff dates, we've also put together a handy holiday shipping deadlines infographic of UK send-by dates that shows you what services are available and how to schedule your own shipping cutoff dates.

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for the United Kingdom
Recommended send-by dates to deliver packages in time for Christmas

The holiday seasons are the busiest - and most profitable - for every business. Do you have your holiday logistics ready? If not, we're happy to help. We've got a shipping checklist ready for you to tick off, so you're all ready to give your customers a memorable Christmas.

Happy shipping, and happy holidays!