It is strange talking about Christmas a couple of months before the day and as it occurs on the same day every year then everybody should be totally prepared. However we all know that that does not happen and that there is a large rush at the end. Almost every year there is some sort of panic resulting from last minute orders or the weather, which can be a little unpredictable in December. |
This year there are a couple of other predictions, which may influence things a little more. Firstly it is almost certain that the online shopping business will grow again this year bringing more parcels and it is noted this is already a major part of the parcel delivery market place. Secondly whilst the recession is still very much in evidence the jobless total has decreased significantly and companies are more buoyant than in recent years and it is quite possible that spending will be up this year so the parcel trade should be increased. Weather is obviously unpredictable or perhaps that should be reworded to more difficult to predict. Following a great British Summer there were predictions this week that winter would be long and hard. All of these items could extend the delivery times and may even cause a non-delivery before Christmas although the best courier will do everything in his power to avoid that with out of hours and weekend deliveries.
This year though might be a good one to get rid of the danger of late delivery by getting the parcels in the post early. Overseas parcels should be away early December and it is necessary to ensure that the paperwork is good and accurate and that the parcel either conforms to the customs data and duties are paid ahead of delivery or that the parcel costs less than the minimum amount for custom free delivery. This can be quickly accessed on the website. If a parcel can travel duty free because it is less than a $50 limit (or whatever the national limit may be) then perhaps a parcel costing $60 is not worth the hassle. Take a little time to check with the customs of the region.
Look at a good worldwide courier’s website and see what is on offer and if in doubt give them a call, also establish what can and cannot be sent. Finally remember that next day delivery can sometimes be very high when abroad where if done in time on a 2 or 3 day delivery is half the price.
Published by Nathaniel Bailey on behalf of Worldwide Parcel Services a large parcel services company offering shipping services worldwide so you can send your parcel to Germany, France, Spain, Australia and many more contries all around the world.
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