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Royal Mail Christmas deadlines and advice

ROYAL Mail is preparing for the Christmas avalanche - and reminding customers to beat the deadlines.

If you have relatives Down Under, the last time you can post parcels for ‘guaranteed’ delivery is this Friday!

It’s the same for New Zealand, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle and Far East (except Japan).

Next Thursday (Dec 10) is the deadline for Eastern Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan.

Next Friday (Dec 11) is the cut off point for airmail items to Western Europe.

Friday December 18 is your last chance for second class mail in the UK with December 21 the last post for first class mail delivery.

Items sent on Wednesday December 23 will make it through via Special Delivery.

Using the correct postcode will help make sure their Christmas cards and gifts are delivered without any problems.

Each Christmas Royal Mail delivers over two billion UK cards, parcels and letters.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "Christmas is our busiest and best time of year and we’re determined to deliver an absolutely first class service to our customers.

"It really helps us if people post their cards and parcels as early as possible and always remember to use the postcode."

Royal Mail top tip: Wrap up gifts well by using a box or padded bag to protect a parcel’s contents and use plenty of padding inside. Wrap each gift separately.

For more information about Christmas with Royal Mail visit:

www.royalmail.com or call 08457 740 740.

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