Last posting dates for Christmas courier services



The dates you need to know to make sure your parcels and pallets are delivered in time for Christmas.

This is the busiest time of year for all courier networks, but every one of them wants to deliver your goods on time. Follow our advice and give them plenty of notice for collection and delivery. 

Not only are courier networks overloaded with a much larger number of parcels than they would normally process, bad weather and more traffic on the roads makes their job even harder at Christmas time.


UK Parcel Delivery:

We advise you arrange express delivery for collection no later than Thursday 19th December 2019.

Without a delay, here are examples of the service you can hope to receive, but no courier service is guaranteed:

  • Collect Thursday 19th Dec - Deliver Friday 20th Dec on 24hr service
  • Collect Wednesday 18th Dec - Deliver Friday 20th Dec on 48hr service

We would not advise shipping on the Friday 20th for 24hr delivery due to the network volumes pre-Christmas & potential weather delays.


UK Pallet Delivery:

The last date for UK pallet delivery is Thurs 19th Dec with delivery on Friday 20th Dec. (allow further days for Remotes & Scotland) on an express service.

Pallet deliveries will be limited during Christmas and New Year with bookings on-line taken for the period though collection days will be 27th, 30th and 31st December and then again on the 2nd of January with deliveries being made on the same days.


International Parcel Delivery:

Transit times for international delivery is dependent on the destination you are shipping to.

Some economy services can take up to 5 days off-peak, so during peak season we recommend you allow 10 days for delivery. If you can, ship goods as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

For EU services, we recommend posting no later than 17th Dec.

For Non EU services, we recommend posting no later than 13th Dec.


If you have any questions about courier collection or Drop Off services over Christmas, contact us for help.