Last posting dates for Christmas courier services

Christmas parcel delivery P4D

Here are all the dates you need to know to make sure parcels and pallets are collected and 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 delivery for no later than Tuesday 19th December 2017.

Couriers may not collect after Weds 20th Dec to focus on getting as many deliveries through as possible on Christmas Eve morning.

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

  • Collect Tue 19 Dec - Deliver Wed 21 Dec on 24hr service
  • Collect Tue 19 Dec - Deliver Thu 21 Dec on 48hr service
  • Collect Wed 20 Dec - Deliver Thu 21 Dec on 24hr service
  • Collect Wed 20 Dec - Deliver Fri 22 Dec on 48hr service
  • Collect Thu 21 Dec – Deliver Fri 22 Dec on 24hr service

We would not advise shipping on the Thurs 21 for 24hr delivery on the Fri 22 due to the network volumes pre-Christmas & Weather.

 

Mon 25 & Tues 26 Dec are Bank Holidays this year

  • Collect Wed 27 Dec - Deliver Thu 28 Dec on 24hr service
  • Collect Thu 28 Dec – Deliver Fri 29 Dec on 24hr service
  • Collect Wed 27 Dec - Deliver Fri 29 Dec on 48hr service

 

Monday 1 January is a Bank Holiday this year

 

New Year Parcel Delivery

  • Collect Wed 27 Dec - Deliver Thu 28 Dec on 24hr service
  • Collect Wed 27 Dec - Deliver Fri 29 Dec on 48hr service

 

Banbury service

For local customers using our Banbury service, you can drop off parcels at our office on the High Street up until Fri 22 Dec, but there is no guarantee UK parcels will be delivered in time for Christmas. 

Please note, the office will be closed on 25 and 26 December and also 1 January.

 

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 19 Dec.

For Non EU services, we recommend posting no later than 15 Dec.

 

Pallet Delivery

The last date for UK pallet delivery is Thurs 21 Dec with delivery on Friday 22 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 27,28,29 and then again on the 2 of January with deliveries being made on the same days.

 

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

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Up to 0.8m high

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Up to 1.1m high

Full pallets
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    Same Day Delivery

    If you have a parcel, pallet or document you need to ship in a hurry within the UK, get an instant quote right here for a Same Day collection and delivery.

    This is a documents service for papers only. Your documents must weigh 1.5kg or less when packaged and be 40cm x 30cm x 5cm or smaller in size.

    Package your documents in a cardboard envelope, not paper, so they can withstand transportation within a large courier network (?). Measure the dimensions for your envelope in the same way as you would measure a parcel, using 1cm for anything less than 1cm in size.

    P4D POST is only available from our Banbury office. Book online and drop it into us, from £1.50 per item.

    Size: 353mm x 250mm x 25mm in size or smaller.

    Weight band:

    • 250g or less
    • 251 - 500g
    • 501g - 750g

    Weigh and measure the dimensions for your post item as accurately as possible, a kitchen scale is useful here.

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