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Australia Post urges Aussies to be organised this Christmas

Aussies planning to send Christmas cards and parcels around the country should get them posted pronto, Australia Post has warned.

As Christmas fast approaches, Australia Post has issued a stern warning to those planning to send gifts across the country in time for the big day.

Off the back of a chaotic few months due to the impact of Covid lockdowns and “record volumes” of post, the delivery service has urged Australians to get organised – pronto.

A spokesperson said on Thursday the company recommended customers get their Christmas packages sent off “as early as you can”.

“We are already planning ahead for a busy festive season where we’ll be delivering right up to Christmas, including Christmas Eve, and while there’s still plenty of time we recommend sending as early as you can to give presents and Christmas cards the best chance of arriving in time,” the spokesperson told news.com.au.

“We’ll be sharing cut-off dates for domestic sending very soon, so we encourage people to keep up to date by downloading the Australia Post mobile app or checking the website.”

International sending dates for Christmas have already been revealed, with cut-offs mostly between the middle and end of November, and some in the first week of December.

“While we’ll deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as we can, they may not arrive until after Christmas, and International Christmas deliveries may also be affected by factors beyond our control such as customs delays, overseas postal disruptions, and Covid-19 restrictions in other countries,” the spokesperson said.

The company has been preparing for Christmas for months, having hired 4000 additional employees in preparation for what is expected to be a massive festive period.

As the world continues to grapple with the Covid pandemic, gift deliveries may have to suffice in lieu of loved ones being reunited for a second year running, with Western Australia expected to remain shut for several months to come, and uncertainty still surrounding whether other states such as Queensland will open borders for the festive period.

“Our posties and drivers have been out there since March last year, often delivering on most days like it’s Christmas,” Australia Post executive general manager of community and consumer Nicole Sheffield said.

Weekend deliveries will also continue for the rest of the year, with half a million parcels expected to be dispatched every weekend from now until December 25.

“We know Australians are relying on us more than ever and will continue to in the coming months, which is why we’re putting some key measures in place to be ready for our biggest Christmas ever.”

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