Last posting dates for UK Christmas parcel deliveries 2013
If you’re a last minute shopper, or forget about the logistics of getting your presents into the hands of your friends and family, you’ll be pleased to know that you can still send parcels in the UK as late as 23rd December and have them there in time for Christmas.
With Christmas Day falling on a Wednesday this year, retailers are braced for a peak of last minute Christmas shopping over the weekend of 21st and 22nd December. The good news is that courier company UPS are offering guaranteed deliveries by 9am, 10am or 12pm on Christmas Eve for parcels collected on Monday 23rd December. The downside is that by this stage you’ll pretty much be a captive audience and prices for this service will reflect this.
If you are more organised but still want to get parcels delivered to people across the UK in time for Christmas, the last posting dates for different courier services from different courier companies are listed below. Please bear in mind that you’ll tend to pay a premium for delivery on a named day or a Saturday, as well as next day delivery. It will always be cheaper to request a 3-5 day delivery service.
COLLECT BY FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER – This service is available from City Link, UPS and Parcelforce for parcels that need to be delivered on Saturday 21st or up to 24th December.
COLLECT BY 19TH DECEMBER – This is the last posting date for those using the Parcelforce and City Link next day services. (If you can wait two days for your parcel to arrive, use the Parcelforce 48 hour service instead where the last collection date is 18th December.)
COLLECT BY 13TH DECEMBER – For the cheapest economy service from Hermes, you’ll need your parcel to be packaged up and ready to collect a full 12 twelve days before Christmas.
Of course, the run up to Christmas is a busy time of year for all of us and you might not have the luxury of being able to wait in for a courier to collect your parcel. If this is your situation, don’t forget that you can arrange collections from work or alternative addresses. Or join the growing numbers of people who use drop-off services from companies like Collect Plus and Hermes.
If you’re not familiar with this arrangement, all you do is take your parcel to a convenient local drop off point, often a garage or convenience store. The courier then collects from the drop off point and delivers your parcel in the usual way. The Christmas 2013 last posting dates for drop off services are:
DROP OFF BY 19TH DECEMBER – For Parcelforce drop off services.
DROP OFF BY 17TH DECEMBER – For all Hermes drop off services.
DROP OFF BY 16TH DECEMBER – For Collect Plus standard service. (13th December for their cheapest economy service.)
At My Parcel Delivery, we always strive to find you the lowest prices for parcel delivery from a wide choice of couriers. This year, we have great value economy services that will guarantee your presents arrive in time for Christmas for those who are super-organised. If you leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, don’t panic because the last posting date for your parcel is 23rd December but do remember that you’ll pay a premium so close to Christmas Day.