When you urgently need to send parcel to family and friends abroad you have several options. You can physically catch and aeroplane or boat and take it there yourself. Use an international postal service or trust and international courier.
Many of the large international courier services such as DHL and FedEx offer very reliable services at high prices. Most international courier services usually send goods on an express courier service. This allows parcels to many destinations to be delivered next day. However, with speed comes a high cost. This is because these companies operate their own offices in most countries, so the tracking and infer structure is seamless, enabling accurate online tracking, timely support queries and reliable delivery.
Trusting importing parcels to a postal service is not an ideal solution. Although postage is often cheaper that using an international courier service, usually when the parcels moves between two different countries, the tracking and customer support becomes difficult as it is passed between two different postal services making queries slow and often different to get resolved.
Obviously, the most reliable solution is to take the parcel there yourself however this is rarely economic to do, unless the shipment has an important deadline that makes the time and effort worthwhile.
Well, the good news is that there is a fourth option that you may not have thought of. Many of the large branded international courier services have authorised resellers. These are companies that use the combined buying power of many smaller businesses who buy through them to qualify for large discounts which they share with their clients. As a result, it is often considerably cheaper to send a parcel through a reseller than directly with a branding international courier service. Courierpoint is one reseller who can offer multiple carrier services at discounted rates.
By using a reseller, you can also compare multiple carriers’ prices for the same shipment in one website saving time as well as money. When you are sending a parcel to USA or France this can be very expensive so any way to lower the cost is usually welcomed. Here are five tips to lower your international delivery costs and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
1, Use an online authorised courier reseller to get discounted branded international courier services.
2, Check if the carrier also offers an alternative economy service, sometimes the standard express service is the now the one that will best meet your needs.
3, Carriers charge on size as well as weight of a shipment. So, try and keep the weight down and pack your items into the smallest packaging size box available. Be careful of sending any items with a length of over 119 centimetres as some carriers surcharge longer pieces.
4, Check if the delivery area is remote or not. Usually if you send to a city you can avoid any remote area surcharges that the carrier may apply.
5, Check with the destination customs department to confirm if any duty and taxes will be charged for allowing the shipments into the destination, as you want to avoid any unnecessary surprises.
I hope that this advice will help you to get a reliable delivery service when you need it at a great price.