Shipping deadlines for last-minute Christmas gifts

Christmas package deliveries facing extra obstacle this year

"We're not saying it wont get there, we're saying that it may not get there".

You can avail of express post tomorrow if you really need to get something delivered and can't make it to the post office today. "That's the way it usually is, and it looks like it will be that way again this year", said Smith. Just this week, they expect to handle more than 3 billion cards, letters and packages.

"We're making it easier for customers to manage their mailing and shipping needs during the busiest time of the year", said Jim Cochrane, USPS chief customer and marketing officer and executive vice president. "It's about three times more items than the next busiest day".

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Which? advice for consumers this Christmas is that if an order is damaged in the post, you should raise your complaint with the retailer, not the delivery company, as your contract is with the retailer.

The United States Postal Service says deadlines have arrived for those who want to make sure gifts are at the destination by Christmas.

December 19 is the last day to send packages with FedEx Express Saver and U.S. Postal First Class to have them in time before Christmas.

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"I know from a national perspective that (online shopping) has picked up, which means shipping has picked up", she said.

Nearly two thirds (62 per cent) said they had used next day delivery services to receive products bought online, ahead of the next highest country, Spain, on 53 per cent.

For FedEx, the latest you can send out packages for overnight shipping is Thursday, December 21.

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