Royal Mail last posting dates Christmas 2020

By Chris Dawson November 11, 2020 - 12:16 pm

Christmas is coming fast and so today as a reminder we publish the Royal Mail last posting dates Christmas 2020 as a reminder for you.

Royal Mail last posting dates Christmas 2020

Domestic UK (scroll down for International)

Last posting date


Friday 18th December 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
Monday 21st December 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and Royal Mail Tracked 48
Tuesday 22nd December Royal Mail Tracked 24
Wednesday 23rd December Special Delivery Guaranteed

This year, all carriers including Royal Mail have been operating at full capacity for months and with Black Friday and Christmas approaching the Christmas Post will be an even bigger challenge than in any previous year. Retailers need to have plans in place to switch from one carrier to another or from courier to post at a moments notice. Pinch points to watch out for include:

  • Capped parcel volumes
  • Zero flexibility around capacity and collection times
  • Restricted availability of premium services
  • Late collection times but also more failed collections – if overcapacity carriers will simply cancel collections at short notice

Even if you have a regular daily collection it’s likely that your volumes will be higher than normal. Plus, if the collection before you has increased volumes and fills the van then your collection may either be late or missed entirely by some carriers. Speak to your account manager at your courier or postal service and ensure that they’re kept up to date with your forecasts and can handle your expected volume.

Where ever possible have a back up plan in place and if you don’t already use a carrier management solution consider getting one in place to get you through peak and the other challenge of the Brexit transition agreement ending on the 31st December 2020.

“Carriers are reporting that their anticipated volume forecasts have been supercharged by 5 years, so this peak, carriers are going to be really strict in how they manage volumes through their network.

It’s critical that your forecasts are as accurate as possible to lock in the right capacity with your carriers, BUT we also know that things don’t always go to plan. So, it’s also vitally important to have access to multiple carriers, to give yourself a ‘Plan B’ if things go wrong.”
– Bobbie Ttooulis, Executive Director, GFS

RegisterIn January we will be holding a webinar Peak, Brexit and COVID – What on earth happened?, in which we’ll look back and share first hand experiences and unique insights on what really happened across carriers, sellers and buyers from the start of Black Friday through to New Year sales. Register today to get a reminder nearer the time when we’ll be looking at first-hand experiences and unique insights on what really happened across carriers, sellers and buyers from the start of Black Friday through to New Year sales. In the meantime, here are four key actions all online retailers should be considering to get you through to the end of 2020.

International Standard & International tracking and signature services

Last posting date


Friday 4th December Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday 9th December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
Thursday 10th December Canada, Cyprus, Malta
Friday 11th December Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey
Saturday 12th December Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16th December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Friday 18th December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
  • 1 year ago

    Are these the last posting dates to make sure that they are actually delivered before Christmas 2021

  • Victot
    1 year ago

    RM 48
    Often 14 days or more lately
    Time to raise the draw bridge

  • victor
    1 year ago

    to be fair the running is heavy and the jumps are huge
    all the runners are going to have trouble,
    hoping royal mail are going to be the best horse in the race

  • Snowy
    1 year ago

    Feels like the whole mail system is on the verge of collapse already, and that’s before the black friday surge!

  • SAM
    1 year ago

    Am not even bothering with international priority anymore to many problems, and it is bad for business so many of my sales went EU, cost a fortune.

    International tracked takes the 16 days to get to Ireland it is not good enough.
    Domestic has kinda been ok so far but some bits are taking 6 to 7 days.

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