ROYAL Mail has announced the latest recommended posting dates for Christmas delivery.
The postal service also encouraged people to post early to help Royal Mail spread the workload during its busiest time of the year.
The last posting dates for UK Christmas delivery are: First Class - Thursday 20 December; Second Class - Tuesday 18 December; Special Delivery - Saturday 22 December.
Paul Kelly of Royal Mail said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail and our customers. As we do every year, we encourage people to post early, use the postcode and order presents early to help us spread the workload in the run up to Christmas.”
Royal Mail is advising customers wishing to send valuable items to do so using Special Delivery.
Customers sending Christmas cards and presents abroad are also being encouraged to post early. Airmail last posting dates for Christmas delivery are: Wednesday 5 December for Asia, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand; Friday 7 December for South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East; Monday 10 December for Eastern Europe, the USA and Canada; Wednesday 12 December for Western Europe.