Some Helpful Dates From The Royal Mail Concerning Christmas Deliveries
6th November 2012
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The Royal Mail does an excellent job when it comes to delivering our post, day-in day-out, week-in week-out, month-in month-out . . . you get the idea. However, you only hear negative stories about missed post and posting dates being wrong, etc. Usually, it is the fault of the sender. Well, the Royal Mail have released their Christmas posting dates to help you avoid any mishaps.

For Christmas 2012, here are the last dates mail can be sent to guarantee a delivery before Christmas . . .



Last Recommended Posting Date (Service)

Tuesday 18th December (Standard)
Thursday 20th December (First Class)
Saturday 22nd December (Special Delivery)

International Air Mail

Last Recommended Posting Date (Destination)

Wednesday 5th December (Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia, New Zealand)
Friday 7th December (South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa and Middle East)
Monday 10th December (Eastern Europe, USA and Canada)
Wednesday 12th December (Western Europe)

International Surface Mail

Last Recommended Posting Date (Destination)

Friday 28th September (Non-European destinations except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, USA and Canada)
Tuesday 2nd October (Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Tuesday 16th October (South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Canada)
Tuesday 6th November (Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland)
Tuesday 20th November (Western Europe)

British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

Last Recommended Posting Date (Destination)

Friday 30th November (Airmail to Operational BFPOs)
Friday 14th December (Airmail to Static BFPOs)

So, get together a list of what you want to send, and use the guide above to make sure it arrives on time.

On a more local note, Royal mail is opening a parcel sorting unit in Bolton, one of eight special centres being opened across the UK. The site is what once was the home of a former mail centre in Stone Hill Road, Farnworth, a location that has remained unsold since its closure two years ago.

It will be used temporarily to sort through the rising number of packages ordered by people shopping online, and is expected to handle up to 200,000 packages a day.

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