As you might have guessed we have to send many parcels both nationally and internationally! Whatever the item you hope it arrives safe and sound, and if using a tracked and guaranteed service on time as well for the convenience of not only yourself but for the person waiting in for it at the other end.
First of all you have to package your item – for help and tips take a look at our Postage & Packaging Guide here.
Once that’s done if your parcel is under 2kg then you have lots of options available from Royal Mail ranging from standard 1st and 2nd class, recorded 1st and 2nd class delivery right through to guaranteed next working day delivery by Special Delivery.
It’s when the parcel is over 2kg that it becomes slightly more complicated, and even more so if you want to send it abroad!
Within the UK for parcels over 2kg you could try Royal Mail’s Special Delivery which is usually around the £20 mark. This gives you guaranteed next working day delivery but you do have to remember there are size restrictions on the size the parcel can be so it’s always wise to check this out before you head down the post office with your parcel. You can find out more information on Special Delivery from Royal Mail’s website – here.
Alternatively you could try one of Parcel Force’s services – we sometimes use Parcel Force 48. This service is guaranteed delivery within 48 hours and you can even have Parcel Force collect the parcel from you if you book it online so you don’t have to take your chunky parcel to the Post Office! See Parcel Force’s website for further details about their service – click here.
Now, if you’re looking at sending a parcel overseas that weighs more than 2kg then you’ll probably find that Royal Mail aren’t much use. A good site to check out is Worldwide Parcel Services. They allow you to obtain an instant online quote based on your parcel’s weight and dimensions so you can see straight away the options available to you. Click here to visit their website.
If you have any tips on sending parcels, then be sure to get in touch it’s always good to hear about other people’s experiences in sending parcels.