An Easy Guide to International Courier Costs

by Guest Contributor

International Courier CostsThe world we live in now is fast paced. It can be all too easy to think that everything needs to be done by yesterday.

If you’re thinking about sending a parcel overseas you’re going to find that there is an almost limitless range of options available, with almost as many different services as there are couriers. Unless you already know your way around the world of international courier services, finding the best option for your parcel can be tricky.

Gaining a better grasp of the international courier costs and the differences between the various express and economy services on offer should make your choices a little easier.

The Difference Between Express and Economy

The key differences between express and economy are, of course, transit time and cost, but how much of a contrast is there between these delivery services?

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An international express delivery will take anywhere between 1 to 4 days to arrive, depending on the carrier you use and your intended destination. An economy service, on the other hand, will take between 2 to 5 days to arrive in most cases. The variation in transit time, therefore, can be averaged out to around a day or two at the most.

Comparing International Courier Costs

Comparing international courier costs is a little trickier since each courier service will have its own specific pricing system. In broad terms, though, most couriers determine the cost of a delivery using a sliding scale, with a set price for the first half kilo being sent and additional charges for each half kilo thereafter. An economy service will normally be priced with a set cost for the first kilo with additional charges per kilo thereafter.

As you can see, in most cases the weight of your parcel will determine the price you can expect to pay as much as how fast you want it to arrive. Each courier service will have its own approach to setting the base cost and additional charges – meaning each courier can potentially quote significantly different prices for the same delivery making it tough to gauge international courier costs.

With so many different couriers available, it really is going to be worth your time to shop around a little before settling on the service that suits you best – you could very easily save yourself a lot of money simply by comparing the best options available.

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Jason Strong

I’ve heard of couriers, but I don’t really know what they do. After seeing this, I now see that they are a delivery service that gets things delivered really quickly. I’m grateful for these things and all that they do to help us out.

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