December Shipping Dates 2017 UK

Christmas Last Posting Dates 2017

The Christmas shipping deadline is almost here for Royal Mail and other UK/worldwide couriers and we've collated information to create a list of the latest possible shipping dates with these carriers to make sure you don't miss your Christmas orders!


Royal Mail

Wednesday 20th December

  • Royal Mail 2nd Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class

Thursday 21st December

  • Royal Mail 1st Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

Friday 22nd December

  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed®

If you're sending internationally their last shipping dates are different depending on the country.

Click here for more information


Wednesday 20th December

  • Two Day Services - express48, express48large

Thursday 21st December

  • Timed Services - express9, express10, expressAM and expressPM
  • Next Day Services - express24

As it is with Royal Mail, ParcelForce has different last posting dates depending on the country, take a look at this PDF to find out when your international parcels need to be posted by.

ParcelForce international last posting dates 2017


Unlike the other couriers so far, DPD hasn't provided a 'last postage date' for UK shipments, they're closed Christmas day and boxing day and that's as much as they've said about the topic.

I'd advise you to contact DPD directly if you're concerned whether or not your shipment will arrive on time.

As for international shipments they've provided a long list of dates sorted by country.

You can find the list of international postage dates here


UPS has provided some rough dates for a few services, but they've also provided a handy cost and time calculator which will tell you when your shipment will arrive by and how much it will cost depending on the service and date you send it by.

Calculate Time & Cost

Here are some of the date's they've provided.

Monday 18th December

  • UPS 3 Day Select®

Wednesday 20th December

  • UPS 2nd Day Air

Friday 22nd December

  • UPS Next Day Air

Below is a UPS holiday calendar they've released which provides a more detailed explanation of some enhancements like 'Saturday delivery' which gives you a few days extra to post.

UPS Holiday Calendar

That's all for now, if you have any questions about getting your orders to your customers on time, please get in touch.

Have a nice Christmas!