Start mailing holiday gifts now, says Latvian Post

The volume of mail consignments has increased by 70% compared to last year due to Internet shopping. Gifts and holiday cards should be sent early this year, Latvian Television reported December 7.

“There are likely to be more mailings than other years, as people's habits have changed. There are more purchases in Internet stores, leading to higher volumes of shipments. Also, certain people who will not be able to meet in person will want to send gifts to their relatives,” said Edmunds Bebrišs, representative of Latvian Post.

“If there is a desire to deliver a gift in time to put it under the Christmas tree, then I certainly call for it to be done as soon as possible. This applies both to deliveries within Latvia and other EU countries,” said courier service DPD Latvija chair Jānis Grants said.

Each national postal administration has set its deadlines by which consignments are accepted in order to be able to deliver them by Christmas.

“There is information on the website of Latvian Post on deadlines determined by postal authorities. For example, shipments to Lithuania and Estonia should be in these postal administrations on 14 and 15 December in order to be delivered by Christmas,” Bebrišs explained.

Within Latvia, mail which reaches the post office by December 20 will be delivered by Christmas.

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