Shipping parcels can be a head-scratch at the best of times, but heavy or large items certainly comes with its unique set of challenges. Whether you’re a small business or an individual sending a one-off parcel, if you need to send an item that is larger or bulkier than normal, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure that your item arrives safely.
- Avoid guesstimating
Many courier services generate their prices on the size and weight of the parcel being sent. For this reason, sending larger and heavier items tends to be more costly. As such, you’ll want to avoid guesstimating any details. If the shipment is found to even slightly exceed the specifications you provide at the point of booking, you could end up facing unpleasant additional charges that could substantially increase the overall cost of your shipment.
- Choose your courier carefully
When it comes to booking a courier service for heavier and larger items, one of the most important things to consider is which courier you actually book with. Some couriers have restrictions set in place, which prohibits the sending of items exceeding a certain weight or size. If you book a courier that prohibits this, the shipment may be refused at the point of collection, or worse, it may be collected but you could end up having to pay return charges to get it back. Take the time to research couriers, as not all will fit your specific requirements.
- Secure and safe packaging
Just because your item is larger or heavier than usual, doesn’t necessarily mean it is any more durable during transit than a normal, smaller parcel. Many couriers transport their items through an automated network, which means your item will be transported along conveyor belts, as well as placed in and out of vans and trailers. Improper packaging could pose a risk to not only your item, but other items within the network. So, take time time to package your item safely and securely. Use a double-walled cardboard box, as this will add extra protection during transit, and poses less of a risk of damage in comparison to a brittle plastic box. As well, use cushioning materials to give your item that added internal protection.
- Take out compensation cover
For that extra peace of mind, always consider taking out the additional compensation cover offered by the courier. Whether your item is big or small, it’s always a good idea to ensure it is protected from damage or loss. Damage is highly unlikely, especially when you book with a reputable courier, but without cover, you may not be eligible to claim anything back at all, which could leave you drastically out of pocket. Always be prepared for the unexpected.
- Keep an eye on online tracking
Many courier services offer full online tracking, which allows you to monitor the progress of your shipment right up until its delivery. If you notice any issues with the tracking, you can easily contact your courier directly to resolve any issues. It’ll give you that extra peace of mind throughout the entire process, ultimately making for a smoother shipping experience.
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