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Avoid the Christmas rush - last worldwide posting dates for 2018

Another year has rushed by and in seven short weeks Christmas will be upon us. It may not seem worth thinking about right now, but if you're buying items from abroad then last posting dates are crucial for your shopping diary.

We would always recommend trying to get your orders in with plenty of time; this allows for delays, which are inevitable at this busy time of year. It also allows for any hiccups you may experience when buying second-hand goods. For example, if something arrives and you're not completely happy with it, you'll want to make sure you have enough time to return it and get a replacement.

However, life can get in the way; many work places are far busier on the run up to Christmas, leaving people with less time to organise themselves. Knowing your last posting dates is vital for surviving the festive frenzy on the run up to Christmas Day.

Legacy Antiques and Collectibles Ltd uses only Royal Mail and Parcelforce services, with either a signature requirement or tracking capability. These services prove far more reliable than standard untracked mail, and allow the customer to follow their parcel in transit.

We have summarised the relevant information available from the Royal Mail and Parcelforce websites below.



Latest recommended posting dates Service
Saturday 22nd December Special Delivery Guaranteed 1pm
Thursday 20th December 1st Class Signed For
Thursday 20th December Parcelforce 48



Latest recommended posting dates Countries
Tuesday 18th December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
Monday 17th December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Saturday 15th December Finland, Sweden
Friday 14th December Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, USA
Monday 10th December Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Saturday 8th December Caribbean, Central and South America
Friday 7th December Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Tuesday 4th December Africa, Middle East

PLEASE NOTE: These tables are offered as a guideline but we strongly recommend that all orders be placed by the day before the last posting date. We are restricted by Royal Mail and Parcelforce collection times, and while we will endeavour to ship out before the parcels are collected from the depot, any late orders will be shipped the next day. All orders placed before 1pm will be dispatched the same day.

If you have any special requirements, or are unsure of when to order by, then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We are happy to hold orders so that they are dispatched to arrive on a certain day, and deliver gifts directly to the recipient (see our great selection of gift cards on offer).

We will continue to ship all orders, regardless of whether the last posting date has been missed; our last shipping date before Christmas will be Saturday 22nd December.

If you would like to find out what service your parcel would be sent by in advance, then please email us and quote the stock reference number of the product(s) you are interested in. Should you require an expedited service or an upgrade, these are at an additional cost. This will have to be arranged before purchase.

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