PARCELFORCE Worldwide has announced its last posting dates for Christmas 2018.

The festive period is the busiest time of year for the UK parcel business.

The recommended last posting date for Parcelforce Worldwide’s Next Day UK services express9/10/AM and 24 is Friday December 21. For express48/large the recommended latest posting date is Thursday December 20.

For customers posting abroad to Western Europe, the USA and Canada, parcels must be sent by Monday December 17.

Parcels going to the Republic of Ireland should be sent by Wednesday December 19.

A spokesman from Parcelforce, said: “Our drivers will be working hard to deliver last minute purchases and presents during the festive season. We’ve announced our recommended posting dates to help our customers plan."