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Catch the Christmas post

by Adrienne Wyper
123 pillarbox with snow - Catch the Christmas post: last posting dates 2014 -

If you've gone to the effort of making your own Christmas cards, you'll want to be absolutely certain that they reach their recipients before Christmas, so you'll need to know the last posting dates - see below. You might want to copy the relevant ones into your diary, or print out this page.

And as well as knowing the last posting dates, you also need to know the collection time from the postbox you're using. Earlier this year, Royal Mail made the collection time at almost 50,000 postboxes much earlier in the day, some as early as 9am instead of 5pm as previously the case.

The latest recommended posting dates from Royal Mail are:

International Standard (formerly Airmail), and all International Tracking and Signature Services (formerly Airsure and International Signed For)

Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand: Wednesday December 3

Australia: Thursday December 4

Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East: Friday December 5

Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece: Monday December 8

Canada, Poland: Tuesday December 9

USA: Friday December 12

Western Europe: Saturday December 13

International Standard HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

Operational BFPOs: Friday November 28

Static BFPOs: Friday December 12

UK Services

2nd class and Royal Mail Signed For: Thursday December 18

1st class and Royal Mail Signed For: Saturday December 20

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed: Tuesday December 23

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