Christmas last posting dates for Account customers 2020


Please find below our Account Last Posting Dates covering the festive period. This includes our UK services as well as a summary as well as a full country listing for our international services.

Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday this year and our drivers will be working hard to deliver every parcel in time for Christmas. For delivery by Christmas Day in the UK, the last posting dates are:

  • Next day services: Wednesday 23rd Dec
  • Two-day services: Tuesday 22nd Dec

The earlier you send the better, but make sure you send them by our Last Posting Dates. Dates vary depending on the destination and service*

*For UK services extended delivery times exist for outlying areas. Please see here for more information.

Download the complete list for all our UK and international last posting dates by country.

Please note these last posting dates are a guide only and are subject to change. Please check for the latest information on our services and for information on how we are responding to the Covid-19 situation as a business.

Sending to Northern Ireland – Changes to our last posting dates

The last posting dates have been brought forward a day as we are currently experiencing delays at the ferry ports, this only impacts parcel deliveries from mainland UK into Northern Ireland. When using our express48 service the last posting date will now be Monday 21st December and our express24 service will now be Tuesday 22nd  December. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please allow extra time for delivery

We are currently handling abnormally high volumes of parcels to the Republic of Ireland, so we advise all our customers to please send their parcels BEFORE our published last posting dates to allow every opportunity for their items to be delivered by Christmas.

We are seeing a growing number of examples of local lockdowns in Europe and Rest of the World, increased pressure on airline capacity and additional local measures to help prevent Covid -19 spreading – all of which impact on delivery times and result in additional delays to many overseas destinations.

Therefore, we strongly advise that you should allow an additional 2 – 3 days onto our Last posting Dates to Europe and allow an additional week for Rest of the World destinations.

Weekend deliveries

We will be delivering on Saturdays and Sundays in the weeks running up to Christmas.  However, there will not be a weekend delivery on the 26th or 27th December.


Our last collection date in the UK for parcels to arrive by Christmas Eve using express48 is Tuesday 22nd December*, and if using express24 is Wednesday 23rd December* There will be no normal collections between Thursday 24th and Monday 28th December. Regular UK collections and deliveries will resume on Tuesday 29th December. There will be no delivery or collections on New Year’s Day.

Adhoc collections - ad-hoc collections can normally be booked up to 5 days in advance. However, with the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, we are expecting a very high number of parcels in the weeks before Christmas and into the New Year, so we may on occasion have to limit the volume we accept into our network to ensure our people can operate safely. In this instance, when you book an ad-hoc collection the earliest date available will be presented (however please be aware that the dates available may change at short notice).

Same day adhoc collections  - please be aware that our same-day ad-hoc collections are still suspended. If you have an urgent parcel that you need to despatch that cannot wait until the next available ad-hoc collection date, then please print off the appropriate label and drop your parcel off at your local Post Office branch or Parcelforce depot. If you use our ‘WDMO’ system, when presented with the ‘Arrange a collection’ window, please click ‘Cancel’ and your labels will be produced for that day.

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