Ever wondered how international courier companies work?
Shipping is one of those topics that most of us will only take time to learn about if we absolutely need to. When you’re considering using a courier for the first time, you will need to know some basic stuff about the courier industry and shipping in general. After all, if you don’t know anything about shipping or couriers, then how can you be confident in deciding which delivery service to use? Even a basic understanding of how your parcel is moved overseas, can help you make a more informed choice when you need to make a fast delivery to the other side of the world.
Here’s a brief look at exactly how international courier companies make a complicated task seem easy.
If you need to send a parcel overseas you will need to source a courier to ship it with. What follows next is a simple process to help you once you have chosen your courier:
1. Measure your parcel: You will need to measure your parcel once it has been packaged for transport in order to obtain an accurate price from any courier. Make sure you measure your parcel in centimetres as this is the unit of measure that most couriers will use. If you have more than one parcel you will need to measure each parcel.
2. Weigh your parcel: You will also need to weigh your parcel once it has been packaged for transport as most couriers will base the costs of shipping on the weight of the parcel. Make sure you weigh your parcel in kilos as this is the unit of measure most courier use. If you have more than one parcel to send, you need to weigh each parcel.
3. Note down the collection address and delivery address. You will need these for when you book your parcel online.
4. Go to your courier’s website and find the quote function/page.
5. Enter the pick-up and delivery postcodes into the quote function, making sure you change the collection or destination country as required.
6. Enter your parcel’s size and weight into the quote functions, as well as the number of parcels you are sending. If you are sending more than one parcel, you will need to enter the weight and size of each parcel accordingly.
7. Once you are presented with the various delivery service options, you can select the service you that best suits your need and budget, then simply proceed to book the collection.
8. When booking the collection online, simply follow the couriers instructions, and enter the full collection and delivery address, as well as the size(s) and weight(s) of the parcel(s), and making sure you provide as much information as possible along the way.
9. Last but not least; print out your labels and required customs paperwork and await collection.
Once your package has been collected it will be taken to a local depot where it is consolidated with that day’s other collections before being transported to a local sortation hub. At the sortation hub much the same process is repeated with domestic shipping being separated from international deliveries before being moved to the next point; for parcels going outside of the EU this will be the European sorting hub.
Having arrived at the European sorting hub, parcels are again sorted into various groups, each heading to different countries around the world. You’re probably seeing a pattern by now and won’t be surprised to learn that the import hub in the destination country then break down these consignments into smaller groups to be forwarded to a local delivery depot.
At the local delivery depot this process is repeated one last time before parcels are assigned to specific driver for final delivery.
Modern delivery networks are 24 hour operations, with a constant inflow and outflow of parcels all making their way, steadily, to their intended destinations. There is a lot of loading and unloading and this is where damages can occur at each stage. That’s why choosing a courier that can monitor your parcel at each stage and reacts if something appears to go wrong, can save you a great deal of frustration when you do need to send. That and strong packaging of course!
This helpful article was sponsored by Parcel Hero.