2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

It’s time for merchants to start planning for the holiday shipping rush. Everything between Black Friday and December 23rd is a mad dash to get all of your orders out the door in time for the holidays. The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time to start preparing.

Here is a calendar you can quickly reference to see the shipping deadlines for your carriers:

December 2021 Shipping Deadlines

Royal Mail

  • Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy: Friday, 17 December, 2021

  • 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For: Saturday, 18 December, 2021

  • Royal Mail 48®: Saturday, 18 December, 2021

  • 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For: Tuesday, 21 December, 2021

  • Royal Mail 24®: Tuesday, 21 December, 2021

  • Royal Mail Tracked 48®: Tuesday, 21 December, 2021

  • Royal Mail Tracked 24®: Wednesday, 22 December, 2021

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed®: Thursday, 23 December, 2021

Parcelforce Worldwide

  • 2 Day Services (Express 48 and Express 48 Large): Wednesday, 22 December, 2021

  • Next Day Services (Express 10, Express AM, and Express 24): Thursday, 23 December, 2021

Hermes (Estimated)

  • Last day for courier collection: Monday, 20 December, 2021

  • Last day for Standard Parcelshop drop-off: Tuesday, 21 December, 2021 at 12:00pm

  • Last day for Next Day Parcelshop drop-off: Wednesday, 22 December, 2021 at 12:00pm

DPD

  • Last day for courier collection before Christmas Day: Thursday, 23 December, 2021

Learn More at the ShipStation Blog

Check out the 2021 Last Posting Dates for Christmas in the UK blog post for more detailed information and additional resources related to the 2021 holiday shipping deadlines.