Christmas last posting dates for Account customers 2021
If you are a non-account customer please click here for non-account last posting dates.
Please find below our Account Last Posting Dates covering the festive period. This includes our UK services and a full country listing for our international services.
Christmas Eve falls on a Friday 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: Thursday 23rd Dec
- Two-day services: Wednesday 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 parcelforce.com/service-updates for the latest information on our services and parcelforce.com/coronavirus for information on how we are responding to the Covid-19 situation as a business.
Please allow extra time for delivery
We are expecting unprecedented volumes over the Christmas period, please try to send your parcels as early as possible to ensure they arrive in time for Christmas.
We are still experiencing delays due to 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. We are also experiencing disruption to parts of Europe due to customs delays. The latest updates can be found here: https://www.parcelforce.com/service-updates
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.
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 25th or 26th December.
Our last collection date in the UK for parcels to arrive by Christmas Eve using express48 is Wednesday 22nd December*, and if using express24 is Thursday 23rd December* There will be no normal collections between Friday 24th and Tuesday 28th December. Regular UK collections and deliveries will resume on Wednesday 29th December. There will be no delivery or collections on New Year’s Day and Monday 3rd January 2022. For Scotland there will also be no delivery or collections on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
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).