Guess who will be the busiest man about my neck of the woods from now until Christmas? Well besides Santa who has to divide his attention equally over many many suburbs. That man is Rodney – our Australia Post parcel delivery man. Rodney is unfailingly polite, professional and by the end of the festive season probably the fittest person around because he literally jogs. Rodney goes above and beyond to get all our parcels to us. But there’s one thing we parcel and Christmas Card senders and receivers can do to help all the Rodneys out there and that is post early.

This year, more than any other, selecting and beautifully wrapping the gift is only part of the story. You’ll need to be aware aware of delivery cut off dates to ensure your gifts and wishes arrive on time AND at the best price. So below is an intro to on time posting this Christmas that I have sent to friends and clients. Granted, these are Australian dates and I have lots of blog friends who live elsewhere (Hi Lincoln Nebraska!!) – but you get the drift. 

Australia Post has yet to finalise the final cut off dates for Parcel Post and Express Post within Australia. We’ll update you when that is available but suffice it to say the earlier you post the better.

But we can share the cut off dates for sending parcels overseas

If you are thinking about shipping snail mail on the high seas, well that ship largely sailed on 24 September.And there are some countries to which no service is available at all this year. The countries and dates below are for economy air freight parcels and letters posted from metro locations , are subject to change and do not factor in time in customs in the country of destination:

To the US, Canada, UK, Europe: Tuesday 16 November 2021

To China and most of Asia: Tuesday 23 November 2021

To New Zealand: Tuesday 23 November 2021

Of course you can send later and quicker but of course the later you send the more it will cost – find all thedetails at Australia Post.

Now to letters and Christmas Cards which will continue to be big in 2021. 

The good news is small size Christmas Cards (up to 130mm x 240mm x 5mm) marked “Card Only” posted in November and December cost $0.65 instead of the regular letter price of $1.10. The okay news is that parcel delivery continues every day. The less good news is that letter delivery to a street addresses is now every second day in Metro areas. So factor in the following times for delivery….

Letter or card within the same state – up to four business days. Yep, even if posting to an address in the same or adjacent town or city.

Letter or card between the metro areas of the capital cities – three to six business days. Say Sydney to Melbourne. And we should send a little something to Melbournians. They have done it tough. 

Letter of card between the metro areas of capital cites and Country locations – up to six business days. Right – I need to allow up to six days to send my Mum about 120kms away in regional Toowoomba a card. I could walk there quicker but there you go. 

Between Country locations – up to seven business days. That’s quite a while – but it does say “up to”…….

If you want to read everything about postage rates through Australia Post – and I mean everything – then you could always read their Rates Determination Communication of 6 September 2021. Fifty pages of fun filled postage facts the reading of which would be a feat of human endurance!!!

Then there’s receiving parcels and letters into Australia. That’s a bit more dicey. Shipping is occurring but there are delays and those delays are random. Air freight capacity into Australia is well, happening but just ( from New Zealand slightly better still). 

Deliveries into Oz remain constricted and that won’t change anytime soon. So overseas senders will need to get their skates on. Not that you’d necessarily say that to friends or family overseas.

So here we are again, with another COVID Christmas fast approaching. We are just going to have to go with the festive flow when it comes to postal and parcel delivery. But for those of us who love to gift, a little information goes a long and will help our goodies to reach the intended recipient on time. You’ll be happy, the recipient will be happy and Rodney will be happy.

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