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Christmas mail deadline closing in fast, warns Australia Post

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Christmas shoppers have been warned they are running out of time to send cards and gifts across the country as Australia Post releases its festive season deadlines.

The national service has issued dates that parcels and letters must be sent by in order to guarantee they will arrive at their destination in time for Christmas Day.

Parcels need to be sent on Wednesday in Western Australia and the Northern Territory to arrive on time via the standard post, while the other states have five days – until December 12 – to send parcels.

WA and NT residents can still send parcels by express post up to December 14, while the express deadline is December 19 for other states.

Cards and letters must be sent in the regular post by December 15 if they are headed to an interstate address or by December 19 if they are travelling within the state.

Meanwhile, standard post deadlines for interstate Christmas deliveries have elapsed.

People have until only Friday to send mail by express to New Zealand, the US, UK and major European destinations, but it is now highly unlikely any post to Asia will be delivered by Christmas.

Australia Post executive general manager Gary Starr said the service’s delivery teams were well equipped to cope with the increased demands over this festive season.

He said Australia’s record-breaking month for online shopping in November had added to delivery traffic.

“We’re already seeing our biggest Christmas season; however, our customers can be assured that we’ve added more capacity across our workforce, more electric delivery vehicles, more delivery days, and more freighter capacity to manage this increased volume,” Mr Starr said.

We’ve also extended retail trading hours in select locations.

“We love this time of year and love being a part of delivering joy to people across the country.”

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