Last posting dates 2018

Need to send a Christmas gift to a friend or loved one? Here you’ll find all the information you need to make sure it arrives in time for the big day.

Christmas Eve falls on a Monday this year, and our drivers will be working hard to deliver all those last minute purchases and presents. If you’ve left it a little late to send your Christmas gift you can use our express24 service to have the parcel delivered by 24th December – so we recommend that you dispatch your parcel by Friday 21st December 2018 for next-day services, and Thursday 20th December 2018 for two-day services.

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UK Last Posting Dates

Service Delivery by Monday 24th December
Timed Services
express9, express10, expressAM, expressPM
Send by Friday 21st December

Next Day Services
express24

Send by Friday 21st December
Two Day Services
express48, express48large
Send by Thursday 20th December

Extended delivery times apply to outlying areas. Click here for more information.

Depot Opening Hours

Date Opening hours
23 December 2018 Normal
24 December 2018 Normal
25 December 2018 Closed
26 December 2018 Closed
27 December 2018 Normal
28 December 2018 Normal
29 December 2018 Normal
30 December 2018 Normal
31 December 2018 Normal
01 January 2019 Closed
02 January 2019 Normal (except Scotland)
03 January 2019 Normal

For more information and to find your nearest depot, visit our depot finder here.

Convenient sending options

When you book a parcel online, you can choose from three ways to dispatch your parcel:

  • Book a collection from your home or work address - great for when you’re too busy to drop it off at one of our depots.

  • Drop your parcel off at a Post Office® branch. Perfect if you can’t wait in for a collection. You’ll save a couple of quid too.

  • Drop your parcel off at a Parcelforce Worldwide depot. If you’ve left it late to send your parcel, you’ll be pleased to know that our depots will be accepting next-day deliveries in time for Christmas right up until 7pm on December 21st. Choose this option and you’ll also benefit from savings up to £2.50.

Last posting dates for international destinations

Need to send presents to friends or family overseas? We’ve got you covered, with our range of services offering the perfect balance of speed and price. Last posting dates for our most popular destinations are shown in the table below.

Western Europe
Service Last Send by Dates
globalexpress Monday 17th December
globalpriority Thursday 13th December - Friday 14th December
globalvalue Monday 10th December -Thursday 13th December
USA & Canada
Service Last Send by Dates
globalexpress Monday 17th December
globalpriority Thursday 13th December
globalvalue Friday 7th December
globaleconomy Monday 15th October
Eastern Europe & rest of the world
Service Last Send by Dates
globalexpress Friday 30th November  - Monday 17th December
globalpriority Monday 26th November - Friday 14th December
globalvalue Monday 19th November - Thursday 13th December
Ireland (Republic Of)
Service Last Send by Dates
irelandexpress Wednesday 19th December
Rest of the world
Service Last Send by Dates
globaleconomy Friday 28th September - Monday 5th November

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