Royal Mail have announced the recommended latest posting dates for customers wishing to send cards and presents to British troops who are stationed abroad.
The festive period is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail, and planning for Christmas begins as early as April every year. Customers can avoid the last minute rush and ensure their letters and parcels arrive on time by posting early this Christmas.
The recommended latest posting date for operational British Forces Post Office (BFPO) is Monday 27 November. For static BFPOs, the latest posting date is Monday 11 December.
Royal Mail has operated a dedicated military postal unit since 1882, when the Army Post Office Corps was formed for service during the Egyptian and Sudanese campaigns. In 1908, the unit was subsumed into the Royal Engineers as their Postal Section. After several changes throughout the 20th century, it was re-launched as the British Forces Post Office.
Today, the BFPO offers discounted mail delivery to troops stationed around the world. It also offers free delivery of Forces Air letters (Blueys) sent to personnel on operational duty.
Royal Mail spokesperson David Gold said; “The partnership between Royal Mail and the military has been in place for nearly 200 years, and this important link comes into its own at Christmas.
“We urge people to get their cards and presents in the post as early as possible to ensure that they arrive in time for service men and women’s festive celebrations.”
For more detailed information on final BFPO posting dates, please visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-forces-post-office-last-dates-of-posting