Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Sending Parcels to India | Top Tips for first time shippers

Whether you want to send a parcel from the UK to India for personal or commercial reasons, you'll want your parcel to be delivered as quickly, safely and cheaply as possible. Thankfully, there is significant demand for parcel delivery services to India, meaning that competition keeps prices fairly low while transit times and quality of service have also improved in recent years. We've come up with some top tips for sending your parcel to India - you may find them useful if it's your first experience of international parcel delivery.

Sending a parcel quickly

If speed is important to you, it's important that you choose an express service such as DHL Express Worldwide or UPS Express Saver. Depending on your UK collection address, such services can take as little as two days to reach India if you are shipping to a commercial centre such as Bangalore, Mumbai or Dehli.

The time taken for your goods to clear customs can also have an effect on how long it takes for your parcel to reach its final destination. Avoid customs delays by familiarising yourself with customs restrictions and regulations before you ship, and be sure to fill in all necessary documentation such as your customs invoice in advance of your parcel being collected.

Sending a parcel safely

Make sure you use a trusted and establish courier such as FedEx, UPS, DHL or TNT. Shipping with such top-brand carriers should guarantee a certain level of service, and an appropriate procedure to follow should things not go as planned. Importantly, these carriers are the four biggest providers of parcel delivery to India in the world, meaning that their networks are often better and more established than smaller brands.

Importantly, shipping with these carriers also gives you visibility as to the whereabouts of your parcel  from collection through to delivery via track and trace facilities. You can track your parcel's journey and view regular updates on how your delivery is progressing.

Sending a parcel cheaply

For top-brand delivery at a fraction of the price, consider booking your delivery through a reseller such as Transglobal Express. You can save up to 70% on shipping to India when booking to Transglobal - we facilitate thousands of deliveries to India every year, meaning we can negotiate the best possible parcel delivery rates, which we pass onto you. Click here to get a quote. Happy shipping!

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