Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A Guide to Sending Christmas Parcels

The Christmas Parcel rush has begun. But what if you are struggling to find a courier service which will deliver it on time?
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Home pick-ups and online bookings

Booking your parcel collection online makes life much easier, especially during the Christmas period. Not only does it offer a convenient, time-saving alternative to your local post office, but you will also pay less.

Many independent re-sellers or courier agents in the UK resell the rates and services of big carriers such as DHL, UPS or TNT. In exchange, for high shipping volumes, the re-sellers receive discounts of up to 70% which they then forward to their customers.

Christmas collection and delivery times

Just like anyone else, courier companies also temporarily close their operations over Christmas. For this reason, you should make sure to check the Collection and Delivery Times Schedules of DHL, UPS and TNT.

Sending large or bulky Christmas presents

If you opt in for a larger present which may weigh a little bit more, or is particularly bulky in size, there are several services which may make a good fit.

Standard services are usually restricted to 70kg per consignment. If you want to avoid surcharges, sending your parcels by air or sea freight is often a better solution.

Air freight services come in particularly handy if speed of delivery is your priority. You can get an instant, free quote for air and sea freight services on

Express, domestic and international deliveries

Whether you would like to sent a parcel from London to Edinburgh, or all the way to New York City, express courier services will get it there via the quickest way possible. 

You should always bare in mind that these services may cost more than their standard mail equivalents.  

When unloading courier vehicles or giant freighters, your parcels will be given priority. Many courier companies offer a range of Express Services for domestic and international deliveries.

Packaging your parcels

Did you know that it is not enough to wrap your Christmas parcels and send them in the post? Sufficient packaging is vital if you want to avoid damages to your presents. For tips about how to best package your parcel, check out this Packaging Guide.

Information about Hazardous, Prohibited and Owner’s Risk Goods can be found on

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