2018 holiday deadlines for shipping.

I know it seems far too early to be thinking about holiday shipping deadlines while it’s still balmy and beautiful in that early autumn way.

But, based on experience, the holiday season will come and in the interests of keeping you at the top of your gift-buying game here are the recommended order/shipping deadlines for 2018 as issued by Canada Post, which is the shipping service Flock of Tea Cosy uses.

#1.  =  The flock’s FREE shipping service.
#2.  =  Requires additional charges which I’ll work out if you request them in the “Note to Seller” box at check-out.
#3. =   A Canada Post service called Priority Post which guarantees next day delivery — very pricey, but sometimes money doesn’t matter (right?).  More info below.

In general, if you live in a large urban centre it takes less time to receive a mailed parcel.  The smaller centres have been the ones which require the outside limits of estimated delivery times.  This means that Canada Post’s recommended dates below may have some wiggle room if you live in a large urban centre.

Shipping to Canada
#1-Canada Post Parcel Post/Expedited – by Thursday, December 13
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Thursday, December 20
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $10 to $25)

Shipping to the USA
#1-Canada Post USA Small Packet-Airmail – by Tuesday, December 11
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM – by Friday, December 14
(XPress service incurs additional charges ranging from $20 to $27)

Shipping to Europe & Australia/New Zealand
#1-Canada Post Inntl Small Packet-Airmail – by Monday, December 3
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Friday, December 7
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $60 to $65) (Ouch).

Canada Post’s NEXT DAY PRIORITY POST – is available up until December 17 (Australia/New Zealand), December 18 (Europe), December 19 (USA) and December 21 (Canada).  The additional fees will be calculated on request — they vary by city and region — but think ‘$$$$$’.

And thanks to Wikipedia for the beautiful public domain image of the carrier pigeon.

Nov 28: Canada Post service has resumed and normal shipping is in effect. Dismiss