International Shipping Tips

Our team are known for providing excellent couriering services across the UK but we also have a lot of knowledge and experience shipping internationally too.  When you are sending an item abroad, there are variety of things that will need to be considered. It makes no difference if you are sending something small or large, you will need to do your research to ensure your item reaches its destination.

Country-specific restrictions

When shipping internationally, you need to be aware of country-specific restrictions. For example, if you’re sending a parcel outside of the EU, it is imperative that you complete and attach a customs declaration to the package.  If you fail to do this then there could be problems with your shipment. Not every item can be carried on every service – and all countries have their own individual rules and restrictions. For example, a general rule is that liquids and perishable items cannot be sent abroad – so be sure to check your chosen courier’s list of prohibited items before booking your shipment.

Secure packaging is essential

Preparation work before you send an item is just as important as choosing a suitable courier. If you combine using a trustworthy couriering service with good packaging, the chances of damage will be incredibly low.

When packaging items, remember to select appropriate packaging that best suits the contents of your item. New cardboard boxes are a great option as they’re sturdy and are less likely to come undone during transit. Before placing your item in its box, make sure to ensure that the item inside is fastened securely and enclosed from damage. For another layer of protection, you will need to fill the space between your item and its packaging. There are a variety of materials you can use to pad things out including Styrofoam “peanuts”, bubble wrap, and packing paper.

Make sure you parcel is insured

When you are sending a parcel on a long journey it is unlikely but possible for it to damaged or lost during transit. To relive worries about this happening to your consignment, have your items ensure so that if anything does happen you won’t have to worry. Click here to view the terms and conditions.

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