HOW TO BOOK AN INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY
When sending an international parcel, you need to provide a bit more information about the shipment than you do when sending a parcel to a UK address. Our easy-to-use booking form walks you through each stage of sending parcels abroad, so it’s as easy to send a parcel to Southampton as it is to South Africa.
Here are our top tips for success in international package shipping, and securing the best rate for your needs.
Tip 1: Measure and weigh your parcel accurately
When placing your booking, you will need to provide an exact weight and size for your parcel. Firstly, weigh your parcel in kilograms. If your parcel is small enough, you can use your kitchen scales for this. Alternatively, bathroom scales work better for bigger parcels. Next, use a tape measure to find out the length, width and height of your parcel in centimetres. Having all the correct information means that you’ll pay the correct postage charges.
Tip 2: Complete the customs declaration fully
Provide as much information as possible in the customs information section. Any inaccurate information or incomplete fields could result in your parcel getting delayed at customs or even returned to you. This is a key part of sending parcels abroad!
Tip 3: Provide a description for each item
Give a detailed description of each item in the parcel. This should include what the item is, what it is made from and what it will be used for. For example, instead of ‘clothing’ use ‘men’s knitted jumper, 70% cotton and 30% polyester’.