If you want to send a parcel locally, nationally, or globally there are a few things you need to know to ensure it arrives safely and on time! Choosing the contents and carefully packaging them are just two important factors. Read on to find out how to send a package successfully…
Before you can send a package, you’ll need to find a box that’s large enough to fit in whatever you’re sending leaving room for extra packing. Polystyrene chips, scrunched up newspaper or bubble wrap are ideal space fillers.
The box needs to be sturdy – if you haven’t got a suitable one you can purchase standard size boxes from your local Post Office. The box should be securely taped without string or twine.
Send the package with a clearly written address label. Use a permanent marker pen and include the postcode. And remember to include your return address just in case the parcel needs to be sent back to you. You should write the address as you would on an envelope.
The best way to send your package will depend on certain things such as how quickly you want the items to get there, and the size and weight of the parcel.
There are different types of mail service you can use and these include:
Economy – Local ParcelShops tend to be open seven days a week with longer opening hours, and also offer a parcel courier service. You can arrange for a local parcel courier to collect your parcel from you when convenient – simply choose the date on the online calendar.
You’ll get real-time tracking information, an option to divert to a neighbour or safe place if you’ve been called away, a delivery confirmation photo, and €20 free parcel insurance cover.
You can send an economy package nationally or internationally via the Post Office. International features include compensation cover up to €20, free returns for undelivered items, and the option to buy online and print your labels at home, or go to your local Post Office for help and advice.
Pick-up by courier – you can arrange for a courier to collect your shipment by simply entering your details onto your chosen courier website. Or you can visit a service point locally where your shipment can be prepared and checked.
24-hour tracking services will give you the precise location of your package on its journey. And you can ask for automatic status notifications by text or email if you’re an account holder.
Parcel drop-off service
Package drop-off services are a convenient way to send your parcel if you prefer not to wait for a courier collection. You can book discounted drop-off services from many reputable couriers – all you need to do is enter the dimensions and destination of your package into the online shipping calculator and select the best price and service that meets your needs.
Express delivery – send an express package with a company that specialises in time-critical deliveries. You’ll be able to opt for an express delivery that guarantees delivery before noon on the next possible business day.
Same-day services may also be available for you where a courier will pick up your parcel from your home or work address. It will then be taken to wherever it needs to go on the very same day. If the package is destined for an international delivery the shipment goes on the first possible flight, or the courier may board a commercial flight with your package.
When you need to send an international package there are several things to consider including custom regulations. The best idea is to choose a trusted courier company that offers 24-hour availability and a tracking feature throughout the journey of the parcel – ensuring you know exactly where it is at all times.
Some courier companies will even provide you with a packaging service where your goods are professionally wrapped and packed. Boxes, bubble wrap, padded bags, and any special materials required will all be sourced for you, and your package will be properly prepared for transit.
Almost all shipments that cross an international border will be subject to taxes. Giving your personal details to your courier will make sure that the recipient of your parcel won’t have to pay these costs. You must also provide an accurate value or invoice for the goods being sent so that duty or taxes can be assessed as a percentage of this value, plus insurance and shipping costs.
For international shipping just make sure you:
- Have your shipment properly packaged
- Clearly write the full address with postcode and country of destination in capital letters
- Provide a return address in case the parcel needs to be returned to you
- Pay the correct postage fees to ensure your parcel arrives at its destination
- Add insurance for covering loss or damage during transit