Christmas Day is on a Monday this year so for all us office workers the great news is we have the weekend off to get organised this year.
However the last possible delivery day will be Friday 22nd of December.
So here are our recommendations for last posting dates by courier for the UK, Europe and to ensure your parcel is delivered in time for Christmas Worldwide
Parcels may be delivered if posted after these dates, our carriers really do burn the midnight oil to try and make sure everyone gets their Christmas presents, but we know as efficient Pharos Parcel clients you like to be organised!
If using DHL you can send your UK parcels on their express next day service right up to Thursday 21st December, but they are sent by air so no liquids in your gift sets or bottles. That means no perfume, aftershave, nail varnish or bath sets.
However none of the courier companies will guarantee their services the week before Christmas because they just can't.
We lead the world in online shopping. More of us shop online than any other country and with us all living on such a small crowded island, the expectation on the carriers to deliver on time to suit us is becoming more and more difficult to achieve.
When I started this business the average driver would be expected to collect 60 parcels a day.
Their targets are now double that.
This is one reason why we occasionally get calls for a failed collection saying the driver had disappeared by the time one of our customers have got to the door.
They are under so much pressure to collect and get back to the depot in time for their onward journey.
A way to help these overworked and stressed out delivery drivers is if you take advantage of the carriers arrangements for drop off and collect shops.
They tend to be based in town centres or out of town shops with free parking.
UPS DPD and DHL all have drop in points all over the UK you can find your nearest one here. Just type in your postcode. All you need to do is make your order with us as normal and ping us a quick email to let us know you are dropping it off.
Much as we'd love to track all your parcels for you we simply don't have the time!
As always any issues please don't hesitate to contact us on 01738 633220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Within the UK
Second Class Wed 20 Dec
First Class Thurs 21 Dec
Sat 2 Dec Africa, Middle East
Wed 6 Dec Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe
Thur 7 Dec Caribbean, Central and S America
Sat 9 Dec Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Wed 13 Dec Czech Rep, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thurs 14 Dec Canada, Finland, Sweden USA
Fri 15 Dec Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland
Sat 16 Dec Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
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