Canada Post mailbox in snow

Canada Post Recommended Postal Dates For Christmas Delivery 2021

Canada Post has published its 2021 recommended shipping deadlines so that mail and packages arrive by Christmas, December 24.

Despite the lessons that all private couriers and postal carriers learned from the 2020 holiday season, shippers should still expect delays again, hopefully to a lesser extent this year.

Canada Post Domestic Shipments

For domestic Canadian shipments, here are the Canada Post recommended shipping deadlines:

Local
  • Priority: December 21
  • Xpressport: December 21
  • Flat rate box: December 21
  • Regular parcel: December 20
Regional
  • Priority: December 21
  • Xpressport: December 21
  • Flat rate box: December 17
  • Regular parcel: December 15
National
  • Priority: December 21
  • Xpressport: December 20
  • Flat rate box: December 13
  • Regular parcel: December 9

Shipments to US

  • Priority Worldwide: December 21
  • Xpresspost USA: December 16
  • Expedited Parcel USA: December 13
  • Tracked Packet / Small Packet: December 9

Other International Destinations

International operations are still significantly affected by Covid-19 restrictions and shortage of air cargo capacity. Some shipments to Europe are also getting hung up, delayed, and in some cases returned due to a new EU VAT regulation.

Please check the Canada Post Service Service Alerts page before sending any item to an international customer.

This list is mostly divided into continents. However, sometimes exceptions are listed and Canada Post provided additional details for that country separately, which are included in this list.

For international Canadian shipments, here are the Canada Post recommended shipping deadlines:

Africa
  • Priority Worldwide: December 10
  • Xpresspost International: November 24
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 19
Asia (excluding China, Japan, and India)
  • Priority Worldwide: December 15
  • Xpresspost International: November 25
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 19
Australia
  • Priority Worldwide: December 15
  • Xpresspost International: November 29
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 25

Note: Canada Post has issued a service suspension for most mail services to Australia.

Central / South American and Caribbean
  • Priority Worldwide: December 16
  • Xpresspost International: November 24
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 19
China
  • Priority Worldwide: December 15
  • Xpresspost International: November 26
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 26
Europe (Excluding France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK)
  • Priority Worldwide: December 16
  • Xpresspost International: December 2
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 26
France
  • Priority Worldwide: December 16
  • Xpresspost International: December 6
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: December 3
Germany
  • Priority Worldwide: December 16
  • Xpresspost International: December 8
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: December 7
India
  • Priority Worldwide: December 15
  • Xpresspost International: November 26
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 26
Japan
  • Priority Worldwide: December 15
  • Xpresspost International: December 6
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: December 1
Middle East
  • Priority Worldwide: December 10
  • Xpresspost International: November 25
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 19
Netherlands
  • Priority Worldwide: December 16
  • Xpresspost International: December 3
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: December 2
New Zealand
  • Priority Worldwide: December 15
  • Xpresspost International: November 22
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 19

Note: Canada Post has issued a service suspension for most mail services to New Zealand.

Switzerland
  • Priority Worldwide: December 16
  • Xpresspost International: December 3
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 30
United Kingdom
  • Priority Worldwide: December 16
  • Xpresspost International: December 3
  • Tracker Packet / Small Packet: November 30

This information was last updated on October 16, 2021. We will update this post if new information becomes available from Canada Post.

Resources

Connect With Us And Other Small Business Owners

Please head over to our Facebook Group for Small Business Sellers and interact with other small business owners.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date with relevant news and business insights for your online business.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter


Business Insights for Your Online Business Presented with a Dash of Humor

We do not share your information and you can unsubscribe anytime.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.