Australia Post urges Aussies to send X-Mas gifts by mid-December

Highlights

  • Australia Post has been urging all the Australians to parcel their Christmas cards and gifts by mid-December.
  • 2021 already witnessed record parcel volumes with an anticipated record volume for this year’s Christmas.
  • The postal service is expecting extremely high parcel volume this year.

The postal service of Australia – Australia Post, is urging all the Aussies to send their Christmas gifts by mid-December, to avoid an anticipated volume hike. As per media, Australia Post said that 2021 has already witnessed record breaking parcel volumes.

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With record setting parcel volumes during the lockdown, the company has set separate deadlines for sending parcels and regular posts which are given below -

For domestic customers sending parcels

  • Anywhere in Australia, except Western Australia (WA) and Northern Territory (NT) - 13 December – for Parcel Post and 20 December – for Express post.
  • For WA and NT: 8 December – for parcel post and 15 December – for Express Post.

Deadlines for Regular Post (Cards and letters)

  • 20 December – for sending within same state
  • 16 December – for interstate

As international deliveries for Christmas may get impacted by number of factors which are out of control like – overseas postal disruptions, and COVID-19 restrictions - International cut-off dates will vary depending upon the chosen delivery service and destination. Hence, the company suggest sending Christmas gifts as soon as possible.  

While many state borders are still closed along with continuous surge in online shopping, the postal service is anticipating extremely high parcel traffic towards the festival season.

As a result, the company has hired over 4000 Christmas casuals to deal with the demand.

As per media, the executive general manager of business and government – Garry Starr said that preparations for the festive season were already well carried out, with increased volumes. That’s why the company planned with extra air freight capacity and recruited thousands of new employees to ensure proper delivery, he said.

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