International Courier Services with World Options

International parcel delivery services open doors for UK businesses to expand their global reach.

With access to over 300 destinations, there are no limits to your international shipping capabilities.

Utilizing the unique online shipping portal, you have the freedom to book precisely the service that suits your needs.

Compare rates from top international couriers to ensure your business’s specific requirements are met.

Unlike domestic shipping, international parcel delivery comes with additional considerations. There are varying rules and regulations that apply differently to different countries or types of shipments.

To assist you in navigating these complexities, we offer a  guide below to ensure your international shipments comply with all relevant regulations and requirements.

How Can World Options Help?

The World Options portal offers an excellent solution for both ad-hoc parcel services, whether they are domestic or international. It empowers you to effortlessly book, oversee, and monitor multiple orders with various carriers, all from a single platform. This consolidated approach provides you with enhanced control and flexibility, aligning with your specific needs.

For UK businesses looking to embark on regular product exports, World Options becomes an invaluable resource. It can provide valuable insights into identifying the optimal carriers tailored to your exact requirements.

Additionally, the platform allows you to easily compare prices for the services you require, ensuring that you secure the best available rates for your shipments.

Where can I send a  parcel to?

World Options offers international parcel delivery services to an extensive list of over 300 destinations worldwide covering some of the most popular international destinations for UK businesses.

It’s important to select the carrier that offers the right service level for your specific needs to that end World Options provides access to international services from all the main reputable carriers, many of which offer both express and economy services, allowing you to choose between faster delivery options or more cost-effective alternatives.

Choose the Right Packaging

Here are some essential considerations when selecting your packaging:

  1. Item Characteristics: Take into account the weight, size, value, fragility, and shape of the goods. These factors will determine the type of packaging required to protect the parcel adequately.
  2. End Use: Consider the final use of the shipment. If you are shipping directly to customers, the inner packaging must be in excellent condition. If the item is destined for a retailer, it should be retail-ready and free from markings or damage.
  3. Six-Centimeter Rule: Ensure that there is a minimum of 6 cm of space between the walls of the packaging and the contents of the box to provide a buffer against potential impacts.
  4. Minimize Empty Space: Avoid leaving empty space within the box, as this can lead to items shifting during transit. Fill any gaps with suitable internal packaging materials, such as bubble wrap, foam, crumpled paper, corrugated cardboard, or airbags, to safeguard the contents.

Additionally, it’s crucial to review the guidelines and regulations specified by the carrier you are using for the specific destination. Compliance with their packaging requirements is essential to ensure a smooth and secure shipping process.

Calculate the Volumetric Weight of Your Parcel

The volumetric weight of a parcel is a crucial factor that carriers use to determine pricing based on the parcel’s overall size. While pricing may vary slightly between carriers, the calculation method is generally standardized to maintain competitiveness.

To calculate the volumetric weight of a parcel for shipping with carriers as a guide you can follow these steps:

  1. Measure the height, length, and width of the box in centimetres.

  2. Multiply these three dimensions together to find the total.

  3. Divide the resulting total by 5,000.

The formula is as follows: Volumetric Weight (kg) = (Length x Width x Height) / 5,000.

It’s essential to note that you can avoid incurring extra-dimensional weight charges for your parcel by ensuring that your packaging is appropriately sized – oversized but lightweight boxes tend to be penalized when calculated by volumetric weight. Therefore, optimizing your packaging for the actual size of your items can lead to more cost-effective shipping rates.

Verify the Documentation

One of the frequent reasons for delays in international shipments stems from issues at customs, often caused by incorrect or missing documentation accompanying the products. The specific paperwork needed can vary depending on the destination, chosen carrier, and the contents of the shipment. Therefore, it is imperative to meticulously review the unique requirements that pertain to each shipment you send.

Generally, you will be expected to furnish documentation that demonstrates the payment of relevant taxes, customs fees, and tariffs. Keep in mind that paperwork requirements can differ significantly from one country to another.

For comprehensive information on the documentation necessary for each country, you can engage with your World Options account manager for personalized guidance. Ensuring that your documentation is in order will help streamline the customs clearance process and minimize potential delays.

International Shipping with World Options

At World Options, the online portal simplifies the process of completing the required paperwork for international shipments. It can even generate much of the necessary documentation automatically. With the ability to compare services from some of the world’s top carriers, you can rest assured that you’ll receive precisely the service you require at the most competitive rate offered.

To initiate the shipping process or to obtain a quote for a specific delivery, please use the contact form below to request a callback from one of our World Options international shipping experts. We’re here to assist you in making your international shipments seamless and cost-effective.

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