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Christmas posting dates 2013

Royal Mail Christmas deadlines

If you want your seasonal mailings to reach their destinations on time, start acting now! It's hard to believe, but several Christmas deadlines for international surface mail are already behind us.

Here are some key deadlines:

  • International Airmail: from Wednesday 4 December
  • UK Economy (sorted & unsorted): Tuesday 17 December
  • UK 2nd Class (sorted & unsorted): Wednesday 18 December
  • UK 1st Class (sorted & unsorted): Friday 20 December

With parcel business growing fast, Royal Mail is opening ten temporary parcel sort centres for the Christmas period as part of its festive operation. Around 4,000 temporary seasonal workers will also be recruited to work in the parcel sort centres – just a few of the 21,000 seasonal workers being sought by Royal Mail this year.

This is the third year that Royal Mail has opened a dedicated network of parcel sort centres. They will open on a phased basis from early November.

"We think Royal Mail is planning well for this Christmas," comments Pawan Sheemar, Customer Services Manager for Ciconi. "With planning and flexibility all round, and Ciconi expertise always on tap, we are sure that our customers' commercial campaigns will run smoothly during this busy period."

To download a PDF of commercial mailing deadlines from the Royal Mail website, click here.

Posted 3 October 2013