Royal Mail Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

By Chris Dawson September 10, 2018 - 9:00 am

It may be the end of the Summer with Autumn not officially starting until the 23rd of September, but Christmas will be here in no time at all and Royal Mail‘s last posting dates will be here even sooner. For some destinations, the last posting dates for Christmas 2018 are at the end of September for economy services and you’ll want to make sure that these dates are highlighted to your buyers on the platforms you sell on.

Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

International Economy



Friday 28 September Australia, New Zealand and all other non-European destinations (except Canada, Far East, Middle East, South Africa, USA)
Saturday 29 September Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Saturday 13 October Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, USA
Saturday 3 November Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey
Saturday 17 November Western Europe

International Tracked and Signed services



Tuesday 4 December Africa, Middle East
Friday 7 December Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Malta
Saturday 8 December Caribbean, Central and South America
Monday 10 December Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey
Friday 14 December Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, USA
Saturday 15 December Finland, Sweden
Monday 17 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands,
Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Tuesday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

UK Services



Tuesday 18 December 2nd Class, Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class and Royal Mail 48®
Thursday 20 December Royal Mail Tracked 24®
Friday 21 December 1st Class, Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class and Royal Mail Tracked 48®
Saturday 22 December Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
  • 2 years ago

    How come Tracked 24 is an earlier date than Tracked 48?

  • SAM
    2 years ago

    Am sure the normal RMG farce and mess will happen. The Black Friday fake sales event has killed October and November now totally, and everything is squashed into like 19 days when it finishes. We just went through the roof when the fake sales end, but it is over such a short window.
    Then a bit of bad weather and suddenly RMG will collapse and 24 hour mail will take a week etc.

  • 2 years ago

    Looking forward to it, got busy from Friday 24th last year right through till switched off on the 19th December.

    Probably send everything 1st class on Thursday 20th and close up till the 10th Jan 2019

    Sent out nearly 4,000 parcels with RM last year and was very happy with the service.

  • Betty Marbaix
    2 years ago

    I dont have any problems with RM delivering my mail and parcels at Christmas. They always arrive in tact and on time. Long may it continue.

  • Pat
    2 years ago

    Your only kidding yourself if you think someone does it better than royal mail.

    • alan paterson
      2 years ago

      With respect Pat – its not just whether the item arrives on time – its the whole service that needs to be looked at. I post over 100 items out every day and have done so for several years.

      believe me when I say that I am not “kidding myself” when I tell you that our statistics show that there are several companies that do it better than Royal Mail.

    • 2 years ago

      @ alan paterson

      I can only speak from my own experience, as I said, I sent out just short of 4,000 parcels / large letters in the 4 weeks before Christmas last year and found it to be an excellent service, the year before was about 1,500 with very few problems.

      My monthly experience is about 1/2,000 parcels I have a problem, yet others would claim that they have a much higher rate of problems than that.

      To try and avoid problems I check all addresses and have to reformat nearly 30-40% of them per day, even down to postcodes that have no space.

      When people like yourself knock Royal mail I have yet to read any one of them name the service they claim is so much better. Who are these great delivery angels people talk about but never name?

      I am sure it could also be down to the type of items people send out and if you are sending abroad or just to the UK, about 10% of my items are large letters and the majority of the 90% is split between 9x6x6 & 5x5x5 size boxes with an average weight of less than 500g.

      Personally I find their back-office & customer support people absolutely useless, if I had more problems I would look to move to a new courier.

  • 2 years ago

    If you post that much every day and other companies do it better ..why don’t you use them I wonder ??? The price moan about it but still use it. Weird

  • 2 years ago

    You might be right about that but try and get those companies to deliver to the highlands and islands or deep rural northumberland or even the oil rigs ,they will take your money and lay the packages off with royal mail whom have no choice but to take them because of the universal service obligation in other words they cherry pick where its profitable and dump the rest on royal mail ,royal mail should refuse to take those items ,anyhow i have sold 821 items on ebay and have always used royal mail and i have 100% positive feedback so thats not bad now is it

  • Tom thumb
    2 years ago

    @SAM…..that “bit of bad weather” you mention was bad enough to trap me on the a74 for 6 hours……there are parts of the country north of Watford you know.

  • John
    2 years ago

    This Christmas will really sort things out, with the shortage of HGV Drivers, with so many Eastern European Drivers now gone home or to other countries the Royal Mail and all the other companies who deliver mail and parcels will be in trouble trying to find extra HGV Drivers. This also applies to all the supermarkets and stores who employ extra drivers just for the Christmas period. The drivers CPC is also a major problem as the older and semi retired drivers are not interested in sitting in a classroom for 35 Hours to listen to boring lectures and most having to pay over £300 to get this ridiculous plastic card which no body ever asks to see. Most of these drivers who used to just cover at Christmas will have given up their licence because of this CPC qualification they need to drive. Another thing to blame the EU for.

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