Christmas is coming!
And with it, so approaches the last recommended dates for posting and receiving mail and parcels, as per advice given by the Cayman Islands Postal Service, who want to give Santa Claus a helping hand this holiday season.
If you have post that needs to be sent on Grand (deadline: 18 December) or between the Sister Islands (deadline: 20 December), you still have a few weeks left.
But if you have cards and presents you want to send internationally, or maybe you are hoping to receive gifts from abroad, those deadlines are fast approaching (deadlines vary between 30 November for air parcels to 13 December for express mail).
This year, if you want to limit time spent waiting in line and expedite delivery at your item’s destination, the Deputy Postmaster General, Operations and Human Resources recommended on Wednesday (28 November) that you fill out your Customs declaration form online.
“Canada, the UK, the US are all destinations that we’re exchanging electronic customs information with and particularly the US is pushing to get that information ahead of time,” Melissa Martinez-Ebanks explained.
And if you might be hoping to receive gifts from a certain someone at the North Pole, the process works the other way, too:
“We’re also encouraging family and friends overseas who are mailing items to send those customs declarations because we are also getting them from our partners overseas when we get them electronically. That helps expedite the process here,” Ms. Martinez-Ebanks revealed.
She also had some advice to keep yourself off the naughty list this year…
“We’re asking our customers to provide truthful declarations that we can send on, to ensure that their items can breeze through processing and get delivered quickly,” she said.
And if the Christmas season has crept up on you, she had some reassurance you will still be able to get those gifts on time:
“We are offering extended hours this Christmas at our three largest facilities: SMB, George Town and Airport,” she advised, adding: “we will be open late week beginning 12th December. We will be open late on Christmas Eve.”
She said they recognised “many government offices want to go half day, but many of our customers want to get those last minute gifts, so we will be open til 4 p.m.”
And you can pick up all the information relating to post deadlines at your local post office.