Australians Encouraged To Send Christmas Gifts Earlier As Delays Approach

Australia Post Christmas delivery deadlines

Australia Post asks Aussies to send their Christmas presents until the middle of December to avoid delivery issues in light of increased postal traffic.

While 2021 has already broken records in parcel volume, this Christmas is set to be the busiest one yet for post office workers and couriers. 

Due to closed state borders, online shopping has seen a significant surge. Australia Post braces itself for the record-breaking parcel traffic by hiring over 4000 Christmas casuals to help keep up during the rush.

To guarantee the timely arrival of Christmas cards and gifts, Australia Post decided to set some deadlines. For instance, packages sent by regular post will have to be sent by December 13, while express post parcels must be sent by December 20. Perth, Darwin, and regional area citizens are advised to send their gifts earlier than the deadlines so they arrive in time.

As for Christmas cards, Australians will have to send them by December 16 to avoid long delivery times. Additionally, those planning to send cards overseas should mail them as early as they can, since some locations may experience interruptions.

An eCommerce report by Australia Post suggests that over 5.5 million Australian households shopped online for Christmas 2020. According to Gary Starr, Australia Post’s Executive General Manager of Business and Government, the postal service will also notice exceedingly high parcel volumes this year, as more than 5.9 households are shopping online each month.

Starr adds that they have prepared in advance with additional freight capacity, deliveries on weekends and several thousand newly employed staff members.

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