There are is more of a market out there for courier services than ever before, and it’s not at all surprising the this is the case. As retails sales move increasingly online, there is greater demand for courier and postal services. This has led to considerably more choices for people looking to send goods either domestically or internationally. As a customer, it’s important to have a handle on how courier companies work, the rules and what expect from these kinds of services.
If you’re looking to find a provider but you have limited experience working with them, this article will take you through some of the most important considerations.
Services Vary According to Speed & Weight
In addition to the obvious location factor (i.e. where you are sending your package), the weight of the items you are shipping and how quickly you need them to be delivered will determine the price you are paying. Generally, courier will offer at lease two options; standard and express delivery. When you factor in the weight and location, pricing can be complex and difficult to predict. This is why, particularly for larger items, it’s necessary to get a quote from the courier before hand.
There may be other add-ons such as insurance, if necessary. You can ask your courier about their insurance terms. For particularly expensive items, getting insurance can be a good idea for your own peace of mind.
Packaging Is Super Important
Improper packaging can be a big problem when you’re sending off goods overseas or domestically. That not only includes providing ample protection for the contents but also following the labelling conventions that make it easy for the courier to ensure it goes where it’s supposed to go. Provide as much information as possible in clear print when you’re putting down the address, and of course, include a return address should there be any issues.
When you’re packaging the item, make sure you make sure it’s secure and that it won’t move inside the package. It should be held firmly in place within the box. Otherwise, some couriers also provide packaging services so you don’t even have to worry about it! It is better to know some of the most common packing mistakes that you need to avoid.
International Door-to-Door Package Delivery is Rare
For many countries in the world, it is simply not possible to have packages delivered directly to the provided address. Many countries just don’t have the resources and services available or have strict border control laws in place. This can work to delay the package getting to the recipient. In fact, there are some countries we wouldn’t recommend shipping to at all! So make sure you do your homework and understand that delays are not always the fault of the courier.
If you’re shipping out of Australia, most couriers will offer a pickup service where you can organise a date for your package to be picked up. But be aware that depending on where you’re sending and the company you’re working, it may not be possible to have the package hand-delivered. Luckily, Send it Easy has a huge global network at its disposal and is one of the few couriers that offer door-to-door delivery from Australia to countries the Indian subcontinent, the UK and the US.
This article provides information on some of the most important things you need to know before sending off a package with a courier! For more information, feel free to get in touch with the friendly team at Send it East today.