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Christmas is a busy time for everyone. None more so than logistics services and online platforms like Amazon and Ebay. Both giants of e-commerce have given deadlines so that consumers know how quickly they need to get their shopping done – and sent.

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Amazon: Decided On Prime 

To ensure that all parcels within Germany arrive at home on time for Christmas, customers should adhere to these deadlines:

  • Deadline: 20 December for standard shipping orders
  • Deadline: 23 December for premium shipping orders
  • Deadline: 23 December for same-day delivery, which customers in 20 German metropolitan regions can use.

In addition, Amazon also offers its Prime Now service, which promises prompt delivery, in certain postcode areas in the major cities of Berlin and Munich. Customers in these residential areas can order on 24 December and have their shipments delivered on the same day.

In addition, customers of Amazon Fresh in Berlin, Potsdam and Munich have the opportunity to place orders by 24 December at 10am, provided that appropriate delivery windows are available, and to have them delivered on time. In Hamburg the period is set on 23 December around 7:30pm in the evening.

Ebay: Detailed Deadlines According To Service Provider

While Amazon provides customers with deadlines, Ebay does the same with its sellers. The marketplace has provided a detailed list of suppliers who, depending on the shipping service provider, are given an insight into the Christmas shipping process to ensure timely deliveries.

"Make sure your buyers are informed of the latest possible shipping times with DHL, Deutsche Post, Hermes and DPD. Buyers may ask for alternative shipping services to ensure timely delivery by 24 December, 2019," the company writes.

DHL: Deadlines For Business And Private Customers

  • Deadline: December 20, 2019 at 18:00: delivery to branches and parcel shops
  • Deadline: December 21, 2019 at 10 a.m.: handing in at Postbank branches
  • Deadline: 21 December 2019 at 12:00 noon: regular collection from business customers

In addition, Ebay provides information for international shipping.

German Post: deadlines for letters from private and business customers

  • Deadline: 21 December 2019 for letters within Germany
  • Deadline: 16 December 2019 for letters to EU countries
  • Deadline: 11 December 2019 for letters to countries outside of Europe

Hermes: Time Limits For Business And Private Customers 

  • Deadline: 20 December 2019: collections
  • Deadline: 20 December 2019 at 12:00 noon: handing in at the Hermes Parcel Shop

Deadline for various EU countries: 13 December 2019 for shipments to Italy, 15 December 2019 for shipments to Austria and Great Britain, 18 December 2019 for shipments to France and Spain, 20 December 2019 for shipments to the Netherlands.

DPD: Time Limits For Business And Private Customers

  • Deadline: 20 December 2019 at 12:00 noon for shipments within Germany with the Classic Service
  • Deadline: 23 December 2019 at 12:00 noon for shipments within Germany with the Express Service
  • Deadline: 18 December 2019 for shipments to countries within the EU

GLS: Deadlines For Business And Private Customers

  • Deadline: 23 December 2019 at 12:00 noon: collection & deposit deposit
  • Deadline: 21 December 2019: delivery in the GLS parcel shop
  • Deadline: 19 December 2019 for shipments to neighbouring countries of the EU
  • Deadline: 18 December 2019 for shipments to other European countries