sending parcels abroad

Things to Consider When Sending a Parcel Abroad

With Christmas fast approaching you might need to start thinking about sending gifts abroad.

If you need to send a parcel internationally, there’s a lot of factors you’ll need to consider. Although it’s definitely easier to send parcels abroad these days, there’s still a lot that could potentially go wrong. So, to ensure your package doesn’t get lost in transit or held up due to red tape, here you’ll discover some of the main things to consider when sending a parcel abroad.

Check your parcel is allowed in your chosen country

One of the first things you should do is ensure the goods you’re sending are actually allowed in your chosen country. Each country has its own unique rules and regulations as to what is and isn’t accepted. So, you’ll need to do a little research to check you aren’t trying to send anything restricted.

Double check your packaging materials

Once you know the goods are allowed to be sent to your chosen country, the next thing to focus on is packaging. Did you know for example, that some materials are more expensive to send than others?

Glass is a good example of this. Compared to plastic, not only is glass more expensive to produce, but it’s also more expensive to transport. So, think about whether you’re using the most cost-effective form of packaging. It also needs to be remembered that the more packaging you use, the more expensive it will be to send the parcel.

Compare different couriers

The two things you’ll want to look out for when choosing a courier to handle your international parcel delivery, are cost and reliability. Obviously, you’ll want to save as much money as possible. However, you’ll also want the peace of mind that your parcel is in safe hands.

Thankfully, there are ways to ensure you’re choosing the cheapest and most reliable courier. Using a comparison service such as will ensure you end up with the cheapest and most reliable courier. When choosing the right courier, you’ll also want to ensure they offer a tracking service too. This allows you to keep an eye on the parcel throughout its international journey.

Ensure you provide all necessary paperwork and information

There’s a number of documents and pieces of information you need to include with overseas shipping. This will vary depending upon the country you’re sending the parcel to. As a general guide, it’s best to include your contact details, as well as the details of the recipient. You’ll also need to fill in paperwork declaring what’s in the parcel. The international courier you’re using should be able to advise you of what needs to be included.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when sending a parcel abroad. However, taking the time to follow the advice above will ensure you experience a seamless, problem-free delivery service.

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