The South African Post Office has announced dates which South Africans should post Christmas parcels to destinations abroad.
It said in a statement on Friday, that all air mail items to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and United States of America must be posted by December 3.
The post office added that this is to make sure the parcels reach loved ones in time for the festive season which brings higher mail volumes.
“Surface mail items to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and United States of America must be posted by November 5. Items to certain African countries must be posted by December 3. Road transport is the only means of transportation available to these countries,” said the statement.
It also advised people to pack the contents of the parcels securely and to use padding if the contents are loose, since the parcels are transported in bulk.
The post office added that people must make sure that they send only items that will be allowed into the destination country.
“All parcels to foreign destinations are X-rayed to check for illegal and prohibited goods. No jewellery or cash, animals or plants, medication, or illegal substances such as drugs may be posted. These items require permits for import,” said the post office.
It said a phone number must be added which enables the destination post office to inform the customer that there is a parcel ready for collection.
“In April this year, the South African Post Office launched a campaign to clear sorting centre floors. This reduced the backlog of incoming international items from two million to zero,” said the statement.
Air mail is not available to African countries.
It added that air mail can be sent to Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Comoros, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.