In developed countries, sending a parcel either locally or internationally should be easy as the number of those that offer courier service increases every year. The process involved, regardless of which courier you avail, should be the same.For those who are planning to use an international courier service for the first time, here are some of the basic steps you must do to send a package across your country’s borders.
Prepare the parcel
Finding the right box for your parcel can sometimes be a challenge for those who are new to the service. The size and thickness of the box should be appropriate to host whatever the contents are. Also, courier services are not usually liable for any damage your package might sustain during its travel so better make sure you wrap the contents tight either with bubble wrap or crumpled newspapers or anything soft that can serve as padding between the contents and the box.
Secure the box with tape. Please note, duct tapes and masking tapes are not commonly allowed so better make use of clear packing tapes. Attach a shipping label onto the box that clearly states your address and the address of your intended recipient.
Ask for an international parcel delivery quote
Price and service rates will definitely vary based on the weight of the parcel, the value of its contents, where it would originate, its target destination, and the type of courier service you wanted to avail. For example, the price of sending a parcel to USA from Australia will most probably depend on how heavy the gross weight of your package is.
Also, some couriers would most likely ask you to identify contents of your parcel for proper storage and handling as well as give the computation of the duties and taxes accurately.
Schedule and pay for the shipment
Lastly, you need to schedule when you want the parcel to be shipped out of the country. You can arrange a pick-up of the parcel from your home or place of business instead of bringing the parcel personally to the courier office and make the payment online as these usually does not incur any additional costs from your side.
Remember to take a photo of the package before and after you had boxed and taped it all up and store those photos until such time that it is already received by your intended recipient to serve some sort of insurance just in case.