Don’t leave it too late! Christmas postage dates you need to know

Oct 12, 2020
Don't leave it too late to send Christmas cards to loved ones this year. Source: Getty.

Perhaps this year more than ever, people across the country will be looking forward to the festive season, after months of uncertainty and hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And people are undoubtedly excited about the prospect of spending time with loved ones and exchanging special gifts.

But, if you can’t be with your nearest and dearest, whether as a result of Covid-19 border restrictions, poor health or distance, you’ll want to make sure you get all of your Christmas cards and gifts posted on time, so they make it to their destination in time for December 25.

Australia Post has now confirmed its delivery cut-off dates for 2020, and urged customers to act earlier than usual this year due to delayed wait times and backlogged deliveries as a result of the ongoing health crisis, which has sparked a boom in online shopping.

“With all the unprecedented changes we’ve faced this year, it’s safe to say this Christmas will be unlike any we’ve had before,” Australia Post said. “We’re getting ready for the busy festive season ahead, and want to help you plan as well.

“We’re working hard to deliver your letters and parcels, but delivery for Christmas will take longer this year as we manage the impacts of COVID-19 and more parcels than ever before. Sending as early as possible, and by the dates advised following, means your letters and parcels will have the best chance of arriving in time for Christmas. We’ll still deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as possible, but it will be difficult to get them to their destinations by Christmas.”

Sending within Australia

The cut-off for sending within the country is December 12 for normal post, while the Express Post delivery cut-off is December 19.

“As we approach our busy peak season, we encourage you to send your Christmas cards and presents earlier than ever this year,” Australia Post said. “To help you plan, we’ve released our recommended final domestic posting dates.”

Sending to New Zealand

If you are sending to New Zealand, the deadline is November 23 for economy, November 27 for standard and December 2 for Express. However if you are running late, you have until December 9 to post via courier in order for your items to arrive in time for Christmas.

Sending internationally

“Circumstances can change rapidly in this highly volatile environment, so these dates may be subject to change,” Australia Post said. “Note also that time in customs is not included in our delivery time estimate and is outside of Australia Post’s control.”

The deadlines for sending to the rest of the world differ slightly depending what zone the country falls into. If you are posting to Asia, including Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, the cut-off date is November 23 for standard, December 2 for Express.

However, if you have loved ones in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe or United States, you don’t have quite as long. Make sure you have posted your items by November 16 for standard and November 23 for express.

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