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Postal Guidelines

Make Sure Your Parcels Arrive On Time Around The World

It’s that time of the year again, the time when millions of people across the world are all trying to get their gifts and cards sent for that one special day, Christmas. The festive period is the busiest time of the year for postal companies as people rush to try and get their presents or Christmas orders sent out accross the world.

Such an influx to the postal system means that they can’t ensure that every package arrives at its destination on time so they publish recommend posting dates so that you can beat the Christmas rush. Recently the largest parcel delivery company in the UK, Royal Mail, published their recommended posting dates which you can find below…

International Standard (formerly referred to as Airmail)

3rd December – Wednesday       Asia, Far East (inclusive of Japan), New Zealand
4th December - Thursday       Australia
5th December - Firday       Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East
8th December - Monday       Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece
12th December - Friday       USA
13th December - Saturday       Western Europe (excluding Greece & Poland)


International Standard HM Forces Mail – British Forces Post Office

28th November – Friday       Operational BFPOs
12th December - Friday       Static BFPOs


UK Services - UK Inland Services

18th December - Thursday       2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For
20th December - Saturday       1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For
23rd December - Tuesday       Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed


This year Royal Mail have also announced that they are working very hard to ensure that your package gets to its desired destination on time by having extended opening hours, extra deliveries and more re-delivery options. There only closing dates over the Christmas period are December 25th, 26th, 28th and January 1st, all other days they will be operating as normal excluding service to Scotland on 2nd January.

If you are planning to get your packages to their destination on time for Christmas then you should try and send them even before these recommended dates as that will ensure that they will arrive on time. 

New Bigger Christmas Box

ASC Direct Logo with box sizes

Send more for less at Royal Mail, let us provide a guide line for you.


In order to ensure that you do not exceed the Royal Mail external size for small and medium packages, when entering your internal dimensions on our boxbuilder you need to take:

10mm off the length, 10mm off the width and 20mm off the depth/ height for a single wall box, eg. Royal  Mail small parcel external dimensions are L450xW350xD/H160, your internal dimensions for single wall should not exceed L440xW340xD/H140

14mm off the length, 14mm off the width and 30mm off the depth/height for a double wall box, eg. Royal Mail medium parcel external dimensions are L610xW460xD/H460, your internal dimensions for double wall should not exceed L600xW440xD/H430