Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

Don’t Get Caught Out By Last Posting Dates For Christmas

Christmas may seem a long way off with the summer holiday’s barely finished, but due to imminent recommended last posting dates later this month for sending mail to certain locations throughout the world, Christmas shopping certainly needs to start in earnest for people with friends and family overseas.

Noting deadlines around the world

In terms of sending international surface mail for loved ones in far flung places, including non-European destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, it may only be early September but time is certainly of the essence in order for posted items to reach their desired location before 25th December.

Time to reach destination

A study undertaken titled ‘Letter Grading Government Efficiency’ concluded that it is post sent to other far flung places such as Angola, Honduras, Mongolia and Russia when mail really can take a significant amount of time to reach the recipient. The research saw its authors send two letters with wrong addresses and requests to ‘return to sender if undeliverable’ to cities in 159 countries around the world.

It is not surprising to learn that post sent to villages in the high altitude areas of the Indian Himalayas can also take a significant amount of time to reach its final destination. This is hardly surprising bearing in mind it involves intrepid ‘post-runners’ negotiating remote river valleys, bleak plateaus and mountain passes in order to deliver postal items.

Calculating the cost

The precise last posting dates will be available in the near future but in the meantime where ever in the world items need to be posted this Christmas, it is worth bearing in mind the size is all important. All parcels sent this Christmas, be it in mailing boxes or brown paper, are subject to the small, medium or large size check depending on the dimensions which can be referenced on the Post Office website.

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