Posting Days over Christmas: When is the best time to use the Post Office?

The post office problem advice tell its customers at the best time to go to their nearest branch to avoid long queue before Christmas.

It is estimated that Monday, December 20th will be the busiest day of the year at the above branches UK.

This is because gifts and card posted on this date will still have a full five business days to reach recipients.

Based on data from 2019, commercial activity at post offices is likely to more than double in the run-up to Christmas.

According to a recent survey by the Post Office, 25% of UK adults worry about their gifts not being delivered on time.

To avoid disappointment, the Post Office advises international, or second-class, mailers to send packages as soon as possible.

Before Christmas, many Post Offices have extended their opening hours until late at night.

“We all know how tiring the Christmas season can be each year. And we all want to make sure our Christmas cards and presents arrive in time for the big day, especially when we can’t meet in person,” said Laura Joseph, Post Office Customer Experience Manager said.

Joseph recommends that people avoid periods that are usually busy, such as lunchtime.

The best time to visit your local branch is early morning before work or in the evening.

Plus, she recommends saving time while in the store by packing all your parcels at home.

Around Christmas time, people may want to send gifts of wine, perfume or cosmetics. Joseph urges customers to check for restricted items such as alcohol-containing gifts, nail polish, aftershave and perfume that are not shipped internationally.

Wrapped gifts may also require an extra layer of protection, as the post office does not accept parcels with strings or bows in the outer layer.

Anyone sending Christmas presents in the mail should also take note of the final delivery dates.

The last posting date for second class submissions, sent by Royal Mail, is Saturday 18 December.

The last posting date for a first-place post is Tuesday, December 21.

The full list of last posted dates can be found here. You can also search for the latest opening times of your local Post Office branch here. Posting Days over Christmas: When is the best time to use the Post Office?

Tom Vazquez

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