Christmas is creeping up with 2 weeks to go and with Covid-19, Australia Post is already stressed with delayed deliveries in most destinations due to reduced capacity, limited flights and increased parcel volumes.
We received an email on 25th September 2020 from Australia Post re Domestic Last Lodgement Dates for Delivery before Christmas. This means we need to receive your orders before these dates to pack and lodge as there is only 4 days remaining for standard postage.
The email received follows.
Domestic and International last lodgement dates for Christmas delivery
In the lead up to the traditionally busy peak period, I’d like to share our last lodgement dates for deliveries in time for Christmas. We’re releasing these dates earlier than ever before to help you plan for what will be our biggest and most unpredictable period to date.
Christmas lodgement dates for deliveries within Australia
We are recommending all items are lodged by the following dates for delivery within Australia by Christmas:
•Parcel Post – Saturday 12 December 2020
•Express Post – Saturday 19 December 2020
•StarTrack Premium – Saturday 19 December 2020
Christmas lodgement dates for sending overseas
Due to the changing nature of both air linehaul capacity and delivery services in destination countries this year, you will notice we recommend sending International Christmas gifts early, with some lodgement deadlines for mail and parcels heading overseas to metro areas of major cities required as early as mid-November for some destinations.
You can find the last lodgement dates for all our international destinations listed on www.auspost.com.au/christmas and I encourage you to use this information to set delivery expectations with your customers early.
For both domestic and international, items sent after these dates will be delivered as quickly as possible, but it will be difficult to get them to their destinations by Christmas.
We remain committed to keeping you updated on any adjustments we need to make as we navigate this highly volatile environment and look forward to working with you to provide the best possible customer service experience for a successful peak 2020.
Executive General Manager
Business, Government & International
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We hope this information was helpful.