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How long doesk standard post from the UK take?

Last week I ordered several things online for Christmas to ship to Basel, received an email stating order had been dispatched with an estimate arrival date of December 27th!

Is this true? Does it take that long?

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Re: How long doesk standard post from the UK take?

Wow I think that is playing it a bit safe unless it is coming surface mail! I would expect about a week.
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Last week I ordered several things online for Christmas to ship to Basel, received an email stating order had been dispatched with an estimate arrival date of December 27th!

Is this true? Does it take that long?

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1 week is usually Maximum from UK.
Are you sure your on-line supplier ships from UK? For example, many Chinese companies advertise in ebay UK & ship from China.
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Re: How long doesk standard post from the UK take?

Thanks, I ordered everything from amazon.co.uk!
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Re: How long doesk standard post from the UK take?

Also...when I placed the order, amazon stated expected delivery would be the 21st...it wasn't until I got the dispatch email that it said the 27th. I hope they are just playing it safe!!
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Re: How long doesk standard post from the UK take?

I had a parcel arrive last week which took 2 weeks from the UK but it seems customs couldn't quite decide what to do with it. It had a red sticker with the green one stuck on top and no one asked me for any money. I'm assuming that's why it took longer than normal.
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Thanks, I ordered everything from amazon.co.uk!
direct from amazon.co.uk or from one of their "partners" that are integrated into the amazon.co.uk web pages?
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direct from amazon.co.uk or from one of their "partners" that are integrated into the amazon.co.uk web pages?
From both, but they were all from the UK.
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Re: How long doesk standard post from the UK take?

I recently ordered a book from UK which also promised delivery after Christmas, but it arrived yesterday.

At this time of year the UK customs do not put on extra staff to handle the extra Christmas work, so you might have to wait. I can assume the opposite is true and the Swiss customs checkers will be equally pedantic.

On past experience, if I send an air mail parcel to UK it has to be sent before the 5th December to be sure it will arrive before Christmas.

You live in Basel, so why not open an account at http://www.las-burg.de/ and then your parcels will not have to wait for customs clearance.
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Re: How long doesk standard post from the UK take?

Normally very fast- a few days. But (sorry) surely we all know that around Christmas time you just have to allow plenty of time to ensure delivery

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Also...when I placed the order, amazon stated expected delivery would be the 21st...it wasn't until I got the dispatch email that it said the 27th. I hope they are just playing it safe!!
If amazon are saying that then its highly likely. You need to understand that amazon often have the items come from other suppliers and not a central warehouse. The best estimate will be to see what the delivery date is following dispatch, I have seen that they often estimate conservative on initial order and then it comes forward once they get to dispatching it.
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