Shipping Personal Effects and Belongings

Shipping Personal Effects and Belongings

Whitney - November 02, 2017

Perhaps you’re moving away for university or to a new job and don’t have space to transport your

personal belongings

in the car or on the train. Maybe you’re moving overseas and can’t take everything on the plane with you. Whatever your reason for shipping

personal effects

and belongings, we’ve put together a guide to help you package your items and get them to their new home safely.

 

What to pack your

personal effects

in?

The first decision you need to make when preparing your

personal effects

for shipping is what you’ll be posting them in. It might seem like a good idea to put everything into a suitcase and have it shipped by courier, but we’d recommend against this because suitcases are prone to delivery labels coming off and they usually won’t be covered for any damage to the case.

We’d also advise against using plastic storage cases, because these can easily break whilst being shipped.

Instead we suggest packing your items in new, double walled cardboard boxes. Used cardboard boxes can also be used, but they won't offer as much protection for your precious items.

How to protect your

personal belongings

for shipping?

Once you’ve got your cardboard boxes, it’s time to prepare your personal items for posting. Start by protecting any

fragile items

with bubble wrap. If you’re sending clothes or any other fabric items, these can also be used to add some extra protection to

fragile items

. For anything with sharp edges, place these in the middle of the box so that the sharp sides can’t touch the sides of the box.

As everybody’s

personal effects

will be different, it’s worth having a read of our

general packaging guidelines

.

Any cosmetics or items which could leak should be packed separately and it’s worth making yourself aware of the prohibited and restricted items list to ensure you don’t include anything that isn’t allowed in your parcel – many couriers x-ray check parcels, especially when sending internationally to check the parcel contents.

For any items which are prohibited or restricted, for example, anything which has a rechargeable battery – phones, tablets, handheld games consoles and even electric toothbrushes and shavers, these are better off traveling with you in person rather than by courier

 

International customs charges and the cost to ship

personal belongings

To compare delivery prices for shipping your

personal effects

, you’ll need to enter the size and weight of your parcels into our Quick Quote form. Most couriers have a weight limit and size limit on the parcels they can accept. It’s better to pack your items into multiple parcels, rather than risk your parcel being too big or heavy. You should also be aware not to overfill your boxes as this could cause them to burst and we wouldn’t want that.

If you’re sending your

personal belongings

to a country outside the EU, you will need to complete a pro-forma invoice which will be inspected by the customs agents when it arrives in the country. There may be additional forms to complete to ensure your

personal belongings

don’t get an import charge applied to them. Get in touch now for further advice if you’re sending overseas.

 

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