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Australia Post Christmas delivery: Deadlines for express, parcel post

Austalia Post has released its Christmas delivery deadline dates, warning this year’s haul is expected to be its biggest ever.

Christmas is just around the corner and Australia Post has issued a warning ahead of what is expected to be its busiest ever period.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, the national postal service warned delivery volumes are “already setting records” and they expect more than 52 million parcels to be sent at Christmas time, which would beat last year’s all-time high.

Australia Post has revealed the deadlines you need to meet if you want your online order to arrive in time.

Monday December 13 is the key date for those using Parcel Post, while a week later, December 20, is the cut-off for Express Post.

The postal company warned those sending to or from Perth, Darwin or anywhere outside of metro areas should send even earlier.

Christmas cards should be sent by December 16.

There is no hard and fast deadline for gifts going overseas but Australia Post warned to do so “as soon as possible”, as cut-off dates vary depending on the destination.

Australia Post Executive General Manager Gary Starr said preparations for the peak season were already well underway, including recruiting a record more than 4000 Christmas casual team members.

“We’re seeing record parcel volumes with more than 5.9 million households shopping online a month – that’s more than half of all Australian households, and it’s showing no signs of slowing as we head into the online sales season and Christmas,” Mr Starr said.

“That is why we’ve planned ahead with extra airfreight capacity, weekend deliveries and recruitment of thousands of new team members to ramp up our delivery services, parcel sorting and customer care, and we’ll be delivering right up until Christmas Eve.

“We encourage people to make a note of these important delivery dates, because although we‘ll deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as we can, they may not arrive until after Christmas.”

People are urged to check the Australia Post website for updates.


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