International courier services – posting and packaging advice

ipostparcels offer some of the cheapest international postage rates from the UK to over 160 countries worldwide, without compromising on quality customer service. Sending to far flung locations such as Australia, India and China, or to European destinations like Germany, Spain and France is easy with our international parcel delivery service and we do everything we can to get your parcel delivered promptly and in good condition.

However, you should consider a few things when using our international courier service; from making sure the goods you’re sending are allowed entry to the destination country, to packaging items well enough to protect them whilst in transit.

We recommend you look at the information below with posting and packaging advice, useful guides on how best to send certain items, restricted and prohibited items by country and more. 

Posting advice >>

Make your ‘safe place’ safe

Prohibited items – international

Restricted or prohibited – what’s the difference?

Understanding taxes and duties for international delivery

A guide to: Sending fluids in the post

A guide to: Sending large and heavy parcels

A guide to: Sending food and drink in the post

A guide to: Air mail - the journey of an international parcel

A guide to: Traveller essentials – what you can send and where

How to complete a commercial invoice

How to complete an international invoice

How to avoid problems when sending parcels abroad


Packaging advice >>

Going green with your packaging

Safe packaging: How to protect items in transit

Safe packaging: Waterproofing and packaging your parcel

Safe packaging: How to send a fragile item without getting it broken

Parcel Lifehacks: How to save money on packaging

Parcel Lifehacks: Mailing made easier (and cheaper!)

Parcel Lifehacks: How to package parcels for international delivery

Parcel Lifehacks: How to calculate the weight of your parcel without scales or a ruler

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ipostparcels have the cheapest next day delivery prices in the UK from 2 - 25kg. See price comparison prices here. * £1.99 (ex VAT) from price based on a next day XS parcel size with a UK depot drop off and UK depot collection service. Delivery to Northern Ireland, Ireland, The British Isles, The Highlands, Islands and parts of Scotland operate on a 1-3 day delivery service and incur additional costs. £7.74 (ex VAT) price based on a parcel weight of up to 25kg (50cm x 50cm x 50cm) on a UK depot drop off and economy delivery service to Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg or Austria. All prices quoted on content pages (outside of the quick quote and booking form) will be based on the depot drop off discounted price for UK deliveries and on a 0.5kg parcel with dimensions of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm for all international air countries. The size and weight of your parcel affects the price you will pay so it’s important to weigh and measure your parcel correctly to ensure your parcel arrives on time without any delays. Use our quick quote for all pricing options. If you do not select the "signature required" delivery option, UKMail will not be liable should your items be subsequently lost or damaged after the delivery (see clause 5.2.2 of the Terms & Conditions). We define a "Parcel" as a package with dimensions up to 80cm x 80cm x 80cm or up to 120cm x 50cm x 50cm or up to 140cm x 35cm x 35cm.

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