With just a week to go until Christmas Day and disruptive weather forecast, Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) is reminding customers to post early to avoid disappointment as last recommended posting dates for the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and UK are fast approaching.
Geoff Rickard, General Manager for Mails said, “Only a few more days to Christmas but the postal network is still in full swing with very large volumes of letters and parcels flowing between the Island and the UK and beyond. With Christmas Day falling on a Tuesday, this last weekend has seen very high postings and we expect high volumes all week as last minute cards and presents are sent and received.”
It’s currently the busiest time of year for IOMPO’s mail division with nearly 1.75million items being processed during the Christmas pressure period (from the end of November). This is over 40% more items than any other time of year.
The last posting date for first class mail for the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and UK is on Friday 21st December. This is also the last date for Special Delivery and Parcelforce priority services.
The Post Office have also communicated that there are still a large number of notice left items at Post Office Headquarters awaiting collection. Postal Headquarters continues to be open 7am – 7.30pm up to and including Friday 21st December, 7am – 12.30pm on Saturday 22nd December and 7am – 3pm on Christmas Eve. If possible, it is recommended customers avoid the busy times which are lunchtime and after 5pm.
IOMPO would also like to remind customers of the importance of addressing their mail correctly; failure to use a postcode means that items have to be manually sorted which can delay their despatch. Including a return address on the reverse of the item enables the item to be sent back to you should it not be able to be delivered for any reason.
For further information about Isle of Man Post Office last recommended posting dates, addressing standards and other Christmas arrangements please visit their dedicated webpage www.iompost.com/Christmas.