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Mailing deadlines for letters and parcels

Swiss Post processes millions of parcels and letters every day during Advent. To ensure that they arrive by Christmas Eve, Swiss Post would like to draw your attention to the recommended mailing dates. Inpayments and payment orders are also subject to final deadlines if the amounts are to be credited and debited to the accounts in question before the end of the year.

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The sorting systems at Swiss Post run at near full capacity in the run-up to Christmas. On peak days over one million parcels pass through the sorting centers and delivery staff distribute up to 20 million letters, newspapers and promotional mailings. Because of the huge volume of mail, Swiss Post recommends that its customers drop off their Christmas mail well before the acceptance deadlines to ensure that their mail arrives on time. At the same time, Swiss Post guarantees that Economy and Priority parcels will also be delivered on Saturday, 23 December 2017. 

Final mailing dates for letters and parcels: 

Product Letters Parcels
Switzerland A Mail / PostPac PRIORITY[1] Thursday, 21.12.2017 Friday, 22.12.2017
B Mail / PostPac ECONOMY[1] Tuesday, 19.12.2017 Thursday, 21.12.2017
Swiss-Express “Moon”[2] Friday, 22.12.2017 Friday, 22.12.2017
Europe URGENT[3] Wednesday, 20.12.2017 Tuesday, 19.12.2017
Other countries URGENT[3] Tuesday, 19.12.2017 Monday, 18.12.2017

1 Please observe the respective final acceptance times. Swiss Post recommends posting consignments one day before the latest possible date.

2 Delivery window extended on 23.12. (12 noon instead of 9 a.m.).

3 Transport times only apply to conurbations and business centers. Exact transport times per country can be found on the Internet under “International information” and at or on the URGENT freephone number 0800 45 45 45 for customers and post offices.

The following deadlines apply to domestic transfers which must be booked on time in 2017:

Inpayments at branch counters Wednesday, 27.12.2017
Written payment orders Received by PostFinance by Tuesday, 26.12.2017
Electronic payments in e-finance Accepted until Thursday, 28.12.2017, 11.59 p.m.
Transfers to retirement savings account 3a Branch counters: Wednesday, 27.12.2017
Written payment orders: received by PostFinance by Wednesday, 27.12.2017
E-finance: accepted until Wednesday, 27.12.2017, 11.59 p.m. (fund orders must be entered by 10 a.m.)

Ensuring a trouble-free service

To ensure your mail is processed smoothly, please address and package your items correctly. Swiss Post would like to remind its customers that the address should be placed at the bottom right-hand corner of the parcel and that bright, single-colour packaging materials are particularly well suited to automatic processing. It is also important that parcels are only sealed using adhesive tape, not with string. Swiss Post offers the PostPac as a robust alternative to your own packaging. Swiss Post recommends that letters containing valuable or fragile items be sent by “Registered” post and parcels be sent using the “Signature” value-added service. Swiss Post is also introducing a range of stamps and a wide selection of stationery in its product range – all in time for Christmas.

Jacqueline Bühlmann, Swiss Post Media Spokesperson, 058 341 37 80,

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