Final dates for Christmas post announcedLast post is 20 December for first class

21 November 2008

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

The deadline for posting mail in time for Christmas has been announced by Royal Mail. 

First class mail must be posted no later than 20 December, and second class mail must be posted no later than the 18th of December to ensure delivery in time for Christmas

The final date for special deliveries has also been set. The special delivery service offered by Royal Mail guarantees next day delivery, and this year's deadline is Tuesday, 23 December.

International mail

International mailing deadlines have also been confirmed, with final posting dates beginning on or after the 5 December, depending on the destination of the package. Further information on international Christmas delivery dates can be found here.

The current cost of sending a small letter is 36p by first class, and 27p by second class. A small letter is described as being no more than 240mm long, 165mm wide, and 5mm thick; and it can weigh up to 100g.

Large letters can measure up to 353mm in length, 250mm in width, and 25mm in thickness. Posting a large letter by first class weighing up to 100g will cost 52p. A large first class letter weighing between 101g and 250g will cost 78p.

Money saving advice

Teresa Fritz, Which? principal money researcher, said: 'There are a lot of options available when it comes to sending letters and parcels. With a little planning, consumers are able to save money by considering the size and weight of the presents they want to send, and by using the second class delivery service.'

Which? has a wealth of reports that can help you save money, and also has a top Christmas present ideas list to help take the stress out of Christmas shopping.

More information about parcel sending costs can be found on the Post Office's website.

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