Mail deadlines take guesswork out of gift-giving this Christmas

29 October 2014

New Zealand Post has released its domestic and international mailing deadlines for letters and gifts, including YouShop parcels, ahead of the Christmas rush.

“Figuring out when to post your presents doesn’t need to be guesswork,” says New Zealand Post General Manager of eCommerce and Customer Solutions, Dr Sohail Choudhry.

“Whether you are sending within New Zealand or internationally our mailing deadlines provide guidance for selecting the service that meets your needs.”

New Zealand Post has also released the delivery target for its popular online shipping service YouShop.

“New Zealand Post wants customers to receive their gifts in time for Christmas.

“At this time of year the postal network is in overdrive. To avoid disappointment we advise that customers take note of mailing deadlines,” Dr Choudhry said.

Delivery target international mailing deadlines

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

Delivery target domestic mailing deadlines

Service Deadline
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

Delivery Targets

As always, New Zealand Post will endeavour to deliver your parcels to you within the timeframes indicated. However, all delivery timeframes, whether on the YouShop website or otherwise notified to you, are a guide only. For more information, please visit