Excess baggage charges is a common issue when it comes to air transport, irrespective of whether it is a commercial or domestic airline. If you were going on holiday, you would expect to pay excess baggage charges on your luggage if it is overweight or if you have too many items. Similarly, sending a parcel internationally can become quite expensive if you incur excess baggage charges.
Here are a couple of important checks for you to consider prior to packing your parcels, when requesting a quotation, or before booking a parcel delivery service to any destination.
Check Baggage Allowance
It may sound simple, but the first and most important thing for you to do is to check the maximum baggage weight allowed. The size and weight of your package could mean the difference between the package being sent via passenger air transport and specialist courier cargo plane.
If you can send your package via passenger air transport, you can make significant savings. Check the weight of your package to ensure that it meets the allowance specified by the courier company. Also, if you received a quotation for delivery of a parcel based on specific parcel weight and dimensions, double-check the weight and dimensions of your package against those which you entered at the quotation stage.
Couriers will check the weight and dimensions of a package and additional charges will be incurred if they are found to be greater than those quoted for.
Check the Contents
Shipping goods from one place to another is generally not difficult and most goods carrier services offer a reliable delivery service for a variety of shipment types. However, there are certain things which can not be taken onboard.
For this reason , you should be aware of the list o f items which can not be shipped to a specific country. This will save yo u time, money and reputation as you reduce the risk of delay or failed delivery of your package.
We have published a list of common restricted and prohibited items which can not be accepted for carriage or storage. This page also contains further links to each courier's specific unaccepted and restricted items.
If you are at all unsure about whether your item will be accepted for international parcel delivery, please contact our customer services team who are available to offer you information and advice.