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Dublin Live
Laura Lyne

An Post last day for Christmas delivery pushed forward for online shopping as demand skyrockets

An Post has been forced to push forward the last day for retailers to ship as demand skyrockets this year.

Online shoppers will now have to make their orders before December 15 as there is no guarantee that items will arrive in time if sent after this date.

The Irish postal service has reported delays of up to a week with its services due to the high demand.

In an email to retailers and commercial customers, An Post has said that delivery cannot be guaranteed before Christmas Day if items are posted after Tuesday December 15.

It brings the last date for postage before Christmas forward by almost a week, with An Post saying it was an "extremely difficult" decision to make.

There has been a 230% increase in parcel deliveries across Ireland. They are expecting to deliver 3.5 million packages per week in December.

But An Post have stressed that the change only applies to larger commercial online retailers such as Amazon and that regular customers can still post packages and letters until the final postage dates.

The last dates for Christmas postage are:

USA, Canada, Asia, New Zealand - 7 December

Rest of Europe - 12 December

Great Britain - 18 December

Northern Ireland - 19 December

Ireland - 21 December

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