We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. If you're using an ad-blocker you might miss out on seeing the deals. Learn More

Last Post Dates: Royal Mail’s last postage dates for delivery by Christmas 2017

Christmas is right around the corner, so chances are you’re preparing to make a trip to the Post Office with a bag full of goodies to send to friends and family all over the world – but you’ll need to ship them before these dates to ensure they arrive by December 23.

Let’s start with the United Kingdom. Those looking to send a letter – or package – via Royal Mail’s Second Class or Second Class Signed For service will need to do so by December 20, while customers who are comfortable shelling out a little more for a First Class or First Class Signed For label have until December 21. 

Related: The very best Amazon Christmas price cuts

The last date for mainland shipments is December 22, although customers wanting them to arrive in time for Christmas will need to take advantage of the firm’s pricey Special Delivery Guaranteed distribution method.

The postage cut-off for parcels leaving the UK are a little different – and the economy deadline has already passed. Don’t panic, though. There are plenty of International Standard and International Tracking & Signature services available. Here’s when shipments need to reach the Post Office by for those.

  • December 15: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland
  • December 16: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Are you planning to ship a package using Royal Mail this Christmas? Have you found any independent couriers that are offering later last postage dates? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook or Twitter, or even both, @TrustedReviews.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor