Sending parcels abroad can be a tedious task. When you are sending any parcel to any country, there are chances of your parcel to get damaged during the transit process. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when you are sending courier internationally.
1. Packing the Parcel
The way of packaging the parcel is really important. You should use a double-layered cardboard box. Secure the inside item with a Bubble sheet, to make sure it does not break because while in transit it will go through conveyor belts or trollies, etc. It will not be a problem if you are selecting a good courier service but ‘Precaution is better than cure’. Select a reliable company that will deliver your courier safely to its destination.
2. Always give a Return Address
When you send goods to foreign countries [ส่งของไปต่างประเทศ, term in Thai], you should give a return address because if the parcel does not get delivered due to any reason, the parcel would safely return to your return address and that also free of cost. There can be many possible reasons that your parcel does not get delivered like delivery address cannot be found, that particular parcel is prohibited in that country, etc. so, remember to write a return address on the parcel.
3. Research on Specific country’s Prohibitions
Every country prohibits certain articles to be imported in their countries. You should clearly go through all such restrictions and then only send a parcel to that country.
Here are some restricted articles in specific countries:
- You cannot send matching shoes in Mexico or India. They are restricted to ensure that their shoe market is in control.
- You cannot send horns in Saudi Arabia because of the noise restrictions in the country.
- You cannot send toothpaste in Algeria because they consider toothpaste to be toxic in nature because it has fluoride in it.
These are many more strange restrictions in different countries like many countries have prohibited liquid import. So, research and then only send goods [ส่งของ, which is the term in Thai] to any other country.
4. Custom Declaration
Custom declaration forms need to be filled and attached to the parcel. Custom forms are used in the recipient countries to decide the tax and duties you have to pay for that particular item. So the custom forms must be filled correctly because if any mistakes are found, you can get into trouble. Customs duties are not included in your parcel rates and they have to be paid separately.
5. Select a Service Wisely
Many different companies send parcels internationally. You should compare them based on different aspects to get a cheap and trusted dealer. Also, check the custom duties and taxes that may apply to your parcel.