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Australia When to post your Christmas delivery by as experts warn of delays

08:30  28 october  2021
08:30  28 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Australia Post has warned individuals and families to post Christmas presents as early as possible as it announced the exact dates parcels must be sent by to reach loved ones by December 25.

The postal service is expecting one of its busiest seasons ever as Australia emerges from Covid lockdown restrictions.

'We have added lots of capacity and we are adding more team members as we speak to be ready for the Christmas period, but it has been a challenging time and we are working very hard to get every parcel to its destination as quickly as we can,' Australia Post executive general manager Gary Starr told the ABC.

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Australians sent more than 52 million parcels last year and are expected to exceed that figure as 2021 draws to a close.

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For most places in Australia the cut-off dates for parcels to reach relatives and friends by Christmas Day are December 13 for Parcel Post and December 20 for Express Post.

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'We'll deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as we can, but they may not arrive until after Christmas,' Australia Post warned.

For letters and cards sent interstate by regular post, the key date is Thursday December 16. Letters and cards sent within the same state will still get there by Christmas Day if posted on or before Monday December 20.

For most customers sending within Australia, the delivery deadlines to send parcels by are Monday December 13 for Parcel Post and Monday December 20 for Express Post.

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The dates are even earlier for residents of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, who are advised to send parcels by December 8 for Parcel Post and December 15 for Express Post.

For those sending letters and parcels to international destinations, dates are even earlier, though vary depending on the country. International cut-off dates by country can be searched on Australia Post's website.

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'We're seeing record parcel volumes with more than 5.9 million households shopping online a month and it's showing no signs of slowing as we head into the online sales season and Christmas,' Mr Starr said in a statement.

He announced that Australia Post will increase air freight capacity and weekend to meet demand, delivering right up until Christmas Eve.

Australia's second wave of Covid-19 this year proved challenging for Australia Post deliveries. It paused parcel pick-ups in Melbourne at the end of last month due to a backlog of orders and other disruptions caused by the city's lockdown.

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Australia Post's Christmas cut-off dates for parcels and letters

Parcels

Anywhere in Australia:

Parcel Post: Monday, December 13

Express Post: Monday, December 20

WA and NT:

Parcel Post: Wednesday, December 8

Express Post: Wednesday, December 15

Cards and letters (regular post)

Same state: Monday, December 20

Interstate: Thursday, December 16

International letters and parcels

International sending dates vary depending on destination and the chosen delivery service. Search by country at the Australia Post website

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