Christmas Shipping cut-off dates

It's December, that means it's an acceptable time to start talking about Christmas! I thought it would be worth noting the pre-Christmas delivery cut-off dates set by Royal mail & UPS, to give you an idea on when in stock items can be shipped to arrive with you in comfortable time for Christmas. Courier & postal services are under a great deal of strain, so personally I would highly recommend getting any orders that you need before Christmas, placed as early as possible and ideally with tracked services to further guarantee safe arrival.

Royal Mail Cut-Off dates - 

UK Domestic services
Monday 21st December 2020, final shipping dates for 1st Class & 1st Class Signed for services
Tuesday 22nd December 2020, final shipping dates for Special Delivery 1pm services

International
Friday 4th December 2020, International Standard as well as tracked services for Australia & New Zealand

Wednesday 9th December 2020, International standard as well as tracked services for Africa, Asia, Far & Middle East

Thursday 10th December 2020, International standard as well as tracked services for Cyprus & Malta

Friday 11th December 2020, International standard as well as tracked services for Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

Saturday 12th December 2020, International standard as well as tracked services for Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland & Sweden.

Wednesday 16th December 2020, International standard as well as tracked services for Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland.

Friday 18th December 2020, International standard as well as tracked services for Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg.

UPS Cut-Off dates - 

The info seems a little murkier from UPS' documentation regarding recommended cut-off dates for international packages. So I'm going to use my experience here really, as most of my international UPS shipments are to customers within Europe, and most EU based shipments take 3-4 days depending on exact location. So I would comfortably recommend that the recommended cut-off date for Europe based UPS orders is Monday 14th December.

For UK Domestic, their calender is working right up until Wednesday 23rd as a guaranteed delivery, so I would say due to how I can ship UPS orders in my small scale, is that the final UK domestic UPS parcel cut-off date for pre-Christmas delivery would be Friday 18th December.

As always though, if you have any specific requests or concerns about getting a parcel pre-Christmas, let me know and we can see what I can do for you. 

Do please also note that any custom order, or made to order products will need to have their lead-times considered additionally to these cut-off dates.

01 December, 2020 by James P Gascoigne

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