Ensuring your Christmas presents arrive by 25 December is as easy as checking out NZ Post’s mail deadlines.
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Anyone wanting to send presents to Australia using the cheapest option, International Air, will need to have them away by 10 December.
NZ Post has also released the delivery target for its online shipping service YouShop. Orders from the US, UK, Europe and China will need to be placed by 5 December.
|Service||Australia||South Pacific, Asia, North America, UK & Europe||Rest of the world|
|International Air||Wed 10 December||Fri 5 December||Wed 3 December|
|International Courier||Mon 15 December||Fri 12 December||Wed 10 December|
|International Express Courier||Wed 17 December||Mon 15 December||Fri 12 December|
|Standard Post, Standard Parcel, Tracked Parcel||Fri 19 December|
|FastPost*, Courier Parcel, Courier & Signature Parcel||Tues 23 December|
|YouShop (from USA, UK/Europe & China)||Fri 5 December (international postage paid for)|
*FastPost is targeted for next working day between major towns and cities
Pack it properly – the parcel should be able to travel without being damaged or damaging other items.
Check the address using NZ Post’s address checker.
Before you go shopping – check the gift you want to buy isn’t a prohibited or restricted item. There are some surprising items on the list, including perfumes, nail polish, cash, toys containing batteries, jewellery and Christmas crackers.
Sending overseas? Fill out all Customs documentation and check whether you have to pay Customs duties. It’ll avoid delays at the other end.