A few years ago, we saw e-commerce sales surpass in-store sales for the first time and this is only set to increase, which means that sending parcels is set to become the norm. Whether you’re sending a care package to a loved one or you’re posting a product to a customer, sending parcels abroad can be more of a hassle than sending them within the UK. So to make the whole experience as stress-free as possible, here are some of our top tips for sending parcels abroad.
It’s important that your parcel is clearly labelled. This includes both a delivery address as well as highlighting if the package is fragile. The address should be written in full with no other obstruction on the parcel.
Always include the postcode (or zip code) and the country in English. And remember to write the last line of the address in capitals.
Track the package
Whether you’re sending a parcel to Canada or Canberra, tracking the package will not only give you and the recipient peace of mind, but should it go missing, it’s easier to track down. Tracking a package also allows the recipient to monitor its journey, and they can ensure they’ll be around to sign for the package when it does arrive.
Pay the correct postage amount
When sending parcels abroad you should make sure you’re using the correct tariff. Underpayment can cause delays and the recipient could have to pay additional costs. Whether you’re using an international delivery service or the Royal Mail, if you’re unsure about international costs, it’s important to get their advice.
Include a return address
Remember to include a return address on all post you send so that it can be returned if it can’t be delivered, and the package will be returned to you free of charge. You should the write the address clearly on the back of the parcel. Include your surname, postcode, region, and country.
Use the correct packaging
It’s important when sending your package abroad that you select the packaging that best suits your contents. Packaging material should protect the items enclosed from damage and be fastened securely to avoid them coming undone or loose during delivery.
If you’re sending a large number of packages, you might want to choose eco-friendly and sustainable packaging to offset carbon emissions.
Reduce the weight
When it comes to sending parcels, weight costs money. One of the easiest ways to reduce the weight of a parcel is by switching to a different packaging type. Going from a box to a jiffy bubble mailer can knock anywhere from four to six ounces off the total weight of a package and reduce weight-based costs significantly.