5 Tips for Sending Parcels Abroad
Whenever it comes to travelling abroad, whether for a week’s holiday or jet setting around the globe, people always come home laden with mementos or gifts for family and friends. But what do you do if your backpack is lacking in space, or you do not want to up your baggage allowance?
The solution is simple: send your items via courier. You could forward them to family and friends, or if you are near the end of your holiday, to your home address. To make sure they arrive safely and on time, follow these simple tips.
There are a number of items that may be prohibited or at the very least, require a certificate. When you post your parcel, you will need to sign a customs declaration detailing the contents, to avoid failed delivery. If you check with your courier, they should be able to provide a detailed list, which may include items such as alcohol, batteries or antiques.
Wrap with Care
Your parcel(s) have a long way to go, and while your courier will do their best to take care of your items, there is always the chance that something may become damaged. To help avoid this, wrap well with bubble wrap, tissue paper, newspaper, to protect and fill any gaps. If your parcel is particularly fragile, make sure to mark it as ‘fragile’.
Weight and Dimensions
Before sending, make sure to check and double check the weight and size of your parcel. If this ends up being heavier or larger than paid for, a surcharge may be due when delivered. You may find that your overseas delivery is calculated using the volumetric weight, which is typically measured in kilograms.
Select the Service
There are a number of ways to send your items, each carrying different benefits and costs. Choose between tracked and signed services, air or land mail and types of insurance. Always check reviews of the firms before selecting your service, and get quotes for sending your parcel overseas, to make sure you are getting the best price.
When you get your quote, you should be provided with a delivery window, allowing you to make an informed decision. Depending on the type of service you require and your budget, there may be a drastic difference in timescale. Always check before booking, to make sure your items do not arrive home before you.
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