With Christmas fast approaching its time to get those gifts for the kids and grandkids sent as soon as possible, as Australia Post releases its key dates for Christmas delivery.
The festive season delivery dates announcement comes as experts warn of delivery delays due to ongoing industrial action and lingering effects from Covid-19.
Australia Post are still currently finalising domestic dates for sending Parcel Post and Express Post packages, but suggest to get in early in a statement from their website.
“We recommend sending your Christmas gifts by the below dates and as early as possible.”
For international deliveries, Australia Post has provided a list of key dates for individual countries, with late November and early December being the cut off for most international deliveries.
Courier parcels and letters to the United Kingdom, for example, will need to be sent by December 10 and Express parcel and letters to be sent by December 3.
The advice, however, seems to be to send as soon as possible as delays are expected as Logistics company Shippit’s Chief Executive Rob Hango-Zada told the ABC.
“Our data tells us that we’re seeing a two-to-three-business-day delay on most deliveries going across the nation,” he said.
“But with the recent union activity and volume delays that we’re seeing in networks, that’s really starting to blow out beyond that three-to-seven-business-day mark.”
Adding to the delays is Australia Post’s announced pause on parcel pickups in Melbourne to clear a record number of backlogged parcels as operators were impacted by Covid-19. The pause is expected to last five days with deliveries to re-commence on October 6.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has also added to consumer woes as they announced a temporary suspension of deliveries to 22 countries, including Australia in an announcement on their website.
“The Postal Service is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to impacts of Covid-19 pandemic and other unrelated service disruptions.”
Concerns over delivery delays have been ongoing since the Covid-19 pandemic saw a surge in online shopping among consumers.