Friday, 7 January 2011

Parcel Delivery and Shipment Rates

Various factors will effect the fees charged by parcel delivery companies, including size, weight, destination, type of goods, and type of delivery service.

If you want next day delivery, you will be paying a premium for this service. Likewise, if you wanted to send a parcel to East Asia you would be charged more than if you wanted to send a parcel to Europe.

You may also incur additional charges if you want to send perishable goods which will need refrigerated units. Or you may want to take out additional parcel delivery insurance against loss or damage. You will be made aware of and agree to any surcharges of this kind prior to confirmation of your order.

There are two main criteria to calculate the final rate for your shipment:
  • The destination of the package (UK and European shipments include VAT as an additional charge).
  • The size and weight of your shipment.

You will be asked for the physical size and weight of your parcel during the quotation stage of the process. It is important that the information you provide is as accurate as possible to avoid additional charges and delay in delivery of your parcel. All carriers will check the weight and dimensions of a package and adjust the charges accordingly.

The Volumetric Weight of your package will also be taken into consideration when calculating the final cost. This is a term which refers to the amount of space that a parcel occupies.  If a package is lightweight but occupies a larger volume of space, the final charge will be calculated based on the volumetric weight (for example, balloons occupy more space than they weigh).

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