You don’t have to go back too far into the past before you arrive at a time when more or less the only way of sending a parcel abroad would be to take the thing down to your local post office to have it weighed, measured and priced – an approach to international deliveries that came with free queuing. A lot has changed in just a few years and the root this change can be traced back to is, in part at least, the internet.
Figured from the ONS estimated that, by the start of 2012, more than 80% of adults in the UK would at least have used the internet; with many having on demand access. As more of us use the internet more companies are modifying and expending the services they offer to include options for online usage.
So, going back to sending parcels abroad; it is now remarkably easy to find any number of courier services offering comprehensive delivery options to almost any location you can think of. If you need to send documents to a business partner in the Middle East there are countless specialist couriers that can handle the job quickly and efficiently, if you’re sending Christmas gifts to a friend in Brazil the range of options is dizzying. What’s more, you can do it all from home and avoid the dreaded queue.
A well designed courier website will allow you to get a quote for almost any delivery with just the minimum detail. You’ll want to have accurately measured and weighed your box to ensure that the price you are quoted is in fact the price you pay. You’ll need to have a complete pick-up and delivery address ready (including zip codes and phone numbers). Once you have given your chosen courier these basics all you’ll need to do is select the service type that suits your needs and budget (the most common options are Express and Economy which do more or less exactly what you’d expect) and decide how to pay.
If your parcel needs any paperwork to reach its destination, such as customs documentation, your courier should be able to provide you with some simple tools that make filling out and printing the necessary forms without requiring you to become an expert in international shipping protocols first.
In order to stay competitive, online couriers have been upping their game considerably in the last few years. As we become increasingly comfortable with using their services to send parcels overseas, you can expect this evolution to continue. Knowing how to get the basics right with your courier should make the whole process simple and worry-free.