Students Relocating: How Parcel2Ship Can Help

Students

Going to Uni is both exciting and stressful. We here at Parcel2Ship believe it should just be exciting, so why not use our competitively priced services to get your items delivered to your new home?

We have recently blogged about how moving house can be a great way of clearing the clutter and making some extra money, so we would advise all student to have a read of that, by clicking here. Once you have had a sort through your belongings and decided what needs to come with you and what you can leave at home, its time to pack! Help on this can also be found in the blog we have just referenced. And remember, whatever you struggle to fit in the car/take on public transport, Parcel2Ship can make sure it gets to its destination.

To use our services, you will need to make sure everything is packaged securely and safely in either a box, parcel bag, or suitcase, and attach the delivery address (help on this can be found in our moving blog, here) And to make things even easier, with City-Link orders you do not need to print off a bar coded label, so you can even package everything up before you go, and book the collection several weeks afterwards. Just make sure someone will be there to hand the package to the collection driver

Another great way to use our services is if you are trying to save money on your text books by buying them second hand on an online auction site. A lot of the time the sellers request that the buyer arranges collection and delivery of the item(s), and Parcel2Ship is a quick and easy way of doing this

Our prices start at just £9.50 for a 15KG box, and we are also offering a discount which gives all users 10% off all orders under 25KG with City-Link. Just type in CitySaver at the checkout to make the most of this fantastic money saving deal, and enjoy spending those saved pennies during Freshers Week!

(If your new address is within Halls of Residence, please ensure the Post Room on site is on the address, as couriers will not come to your door. Check with your Uni if they contact you to say you have a parcel, as some may rely on you to check yourself. )

For any questions about student shipping in time for Uni, give Parcel2Ship’s customer services team a call on 01626835933

 

 

Customs Forms: A How To Guide

We mentioned a few weeks ago in our new website update blog, that one of the things we are currently working on is a how to video telling customers how to fill in their customs forms. However, we have finished the written how to guide, and rather than wait until the website goes live next month, we wanted to make it available to you now. So without further ado…

CUSTOMS FORMS

Document deliveries do not require customs documentation, however parcels being shipped outside of the European Union will require customs clearance in the destination country. This requires customs documents that you will need to complete.

Please complete a single copy of a CN23 and 3 copies of either a PROFORMA or COMMERCIAL invoice. The CN23 should be securely attached to the outside of the parcel, and visable where possible. The invoices should be placed in an unsealed envelope marked ‘Customs documents’ which should be attached to the outside of the parcel.

FILLING IN YOUR CN23

To accelerate customs clearance, complete the CN23 in English, French or in a language accepted in the destination country.

To clear your item, the Customs in the country of destination need to know exactly what the contents are. You must therefore complete your declaration fully and legibly; otherwise delay and inconvenience may result for the addressee. A false or misleading declaration may lead to a fine or to seizure of the item.

Your goods may be subject to restrictions. It is your responsibility to inquire into import and export regulations (prohibition, restrictions such as quarantine, pharmaceutical restrictions, etc.) and to find out what documents, if any (commercial invoice, certificate of origin, health certificate, licence, authorization for goods subject to quarantine (plant, animal, food products, etc.) are required in the destination country.

Please complete the senders and recipients details as well as following details in the fields supplied

1. Sender
Please complete the name, street address, town, city, county, post code and contact details of the sender/exporter

2. Recipient
Please complete the name, street address, town, city, county/state, post/zip code and contact details of the receiver/importer

3. Invoice number
You can either enter your order number with Parcel2Ship, or a number agreed between you and your recipient

4. Date
Shipment date

5. Waybill Number
This is your tracking number, and can be found on your shipping label and confirmation email

6. Currency
Please change if required

7. VAT Number
Please supply the senders VAT number if registered or leave Not Applicable

8. Type of Export
Permanent or temporary

9. Reason for Export
Sale
Order Return
Return after repair
Samples (not for resale)
Personal effects (used – not for resale)
Personal use (new – not for resale)
Gift
Other (please specify)

10. Terms of Trade
DDU = Delivery Duties Unpaid (Any Duties to be paid by Recipient)

11. Net Weight
The individual weight of each item.

12. Description
Please supply a full and complete description of the items being sent. If you are sending 4 shirts the description may read ’4 men’s long sleeve 100% cotton shirts’

13: Country of Origin
Please supply the country of Manufacture (Please note, EU cannot be accepted)

14: HS Tarriff Number
Senders of commercial items are advised to supply this information as it will assist Customs in processing the items. The HS tariff number is 6 digits

15. Quantity
Please specify the number of each products you have. Eg 4 Shirts.

16: Unit Price
The individual price of each item.

17. Value
Total value for that line

18: Sub Total
Total of goods

19: Postal Charge:
The cost paid to ship your parcel

20: Grand Total
Total cost of items + shipping charges

21: Comments
Any comments you feel are valid

22: Licence and Certificate Number
Optional; If your items have these numbers, please state them

23. Declaration
Please Sign, Print and Date

FILLING IN YOUR INVOICES

Please use a Proforma invoice if you are sending a non-commercial shipment for a non-business purpose, for example, a personal gift, sample or faulty part, and a Commercial invoice if you are sending a commercial shipment with a commercial value.

You need 3 copies of the invoices. They can be identical, so mulitple prints of the same page or photocopies, are acceptable.

1. Sender
Please complete the name, street address, town, city, county, post code and contact details of the sender/exporter

2. Recipient
Please complete the name, street address, town, city, county/state, post/zip code and contact details of the receiver/importer

3. Invoice number
You can either enter your order number with Parcel2Ship, or a number agreed between you and your recipient

4. Date
Shipment date

5. Waybill Number
This is your tracking number, and can be found on your shipping label and confirmation email

6. Currency
Please change if required

7. VAT Number
Please supply the senders VAT number if registered or leave Not Applicable

8. Type of Export
Permanent or temporary

9. Reason for Export
Sale
Order Return
Return after repair
Samples (not for resale)
Personal effects (used – not for resale)
Personal use (new – not for resale)
Gift
Other (please specify)

10. Terms of Trade
DDU = Delivery Duties Unpaid (Any Duties to be paid by Recipient)

11. Unit Weight
The individual weight of each item.

12. Description
Please supply a full and complete description of the items being sent. If you are sending 4 shirts the description may read ’4 men’s long sleeve 100% cotton shirts’

13. Quantity
Please specify the number of each products you have. Eg 4 Shirts.

14: Unit Price
The individual price of each item.

15: Amount
Total value for that line

16: Sub Total
Total of goods

17: Shipping Charge:
The cost paid to ship your parcel

18: Grand Total
Total cost of items + shipping charges

19. Declaration
Please Sign, Print and Date

Remember, if you need any help or further advice, just call our customer service team during office hours on 01626835933

Moving Abroad – How Parcel2Ship Can Help

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog about hand luggage and how travelling with just a little bag can cut down stress, save you money, and make traveling so much faster. Whilst we briefly mentioned how this advice could also be applied if you are moving abroad, we wanted to discuss this further as many of our customers are students returning to their home countries after studying here in the UK, and those who are simply relocating to pastures new.

(To read our blog about hand luggage and how to make the most of your space when packing, click here)

When moving, whether its down the road or to the other side of the world, its important to remember that this is a great chance to organise your belongings and work out what you need and what you can dispose of/sell/give away. If you are choosing to sell your items, this can be a handy little money spinner to help out with your travel costs. We talk about selling your items on eBay, in a previous blog. Click here if you want to read that, or for more information about making money out of your unwanted items, you can read our spring cleaning blog here

Once you have organised what you want to take with you, make sure you have to hand, a copy of the couriers restricted and prohibited list. (ParcelForce’s can be found here). Go through your items and check whether or not you can send them. Also on that list we have linked to, is information regarding enhanced compensation exclusions. If you are planning to cover your items against loss or damage, you will want to check that they can be covered first. Once you are happy that the items you are planning to send are acceptable, you can move on to packing.

The first thing to do is make sure that the boxes/suitcases you are packing your items in, are able to be sent on our services. A really easy way to do this is measure them, and enter the dimensions into the free quick quote box on our homepage. At this stage, you can make up the weight, because you are simply trying to establish whether the packaging is within the guidelines.

Once you are happy with what you are packing your items into, you need to know how to pack. You can find a copy of ParcelForce’s packaging guidelines here. It is important to wrap your items well and according to these guidelines. Take extra notice of guidelines for electronic equipment and fragile items. ParcelForce advise you spread the cost and the weight of your items if you are sending multiple parcels. Cost, in case a parcel goes missing and it happens to be the one with all the expensive items, and weight because if a parcel is packed unevenly then it could be dropped accidentally, the packaging could break in certain areas, or the items could move around whilst in transit and get damaged

Once your items are packed sufficiently, you can go ahead and place your orders on www.parcel2ship.co.uk. Having already checked the size of the parcels, you now just need to make sure the weights are correct for the services you are paying for. If your parcel is heavier than the service you’ve booked it on, it could be returned or you could have to pay the difference plus a penalty. It is therefore crucial that you double check the sizes and weights before you finalise your orders.

With ParcelForce and DHL orders, we send labels through via email once your order has been processed. Make sure these are attached to your parcel. Do not write on them, as a tampered label may prevent tracking, and ParcelForce could even refuse to accept your parcel. Any additions should be written onto the box, and any amendments need to be made by Parcel2Ship, so give us a call as soon as you spot an issue.

If you are sending outside of the EU, your parcel has to have customs forms attached to them. A full set of customs forms can be found here. Each parcel requires one set. We have recently written a blog about how to fill your customs forms in, which can be found here if you need any extra help.

And that is about it. Hopefully this blog has helped you if you are planning to move abroad. Please let us know if there is anything else we could have added, or if you have any questions about what has been discussed, by calling 01626835933 during office hours

 

Packing For A Move Abroad: Hand Luggage and Shipping

Whether you’re an international student moving back home or you’re thinking of starting a new life abroad, packing your items and traveling can be stressful. Many chose to buy extra baggage allowances on their flights, but we here at Parcel2Ship have a far easier and cheaper option; Travel with just your hand luggage and ship the rest as parcels! With so many people choosing to travel with just hand luggage to avoid check in delays and extra fee’s, we think this is a benefit movers can use too. Gliding through the airport with just a backpack or small holdall takes the stress out of travelling, saves you time, and ultimately makes for a more present experience. And even if you are just going on a holiday, the same packing advice applies. Here are our top tips for packing your hand luggage:

1: Lay out all the clothes you wear on a day to day basis, and then cut them down to approx 10 tops (couple of dressy ones), 2 cardigans/light jackets, 3 bottoms, pj’s/lounging around wear, and enough underware (depending on if you can do laundry over there). Obviously, what you pack depends on the climate of your destination, but the tip is don’t over pack. Make sure that the clothes you pack can be mixed and matched to create several different outfits. Neutral tops and bottoms work the best. And only pack items you wear everyday. If you are going on holiday, don’t pack a top that you think you may wear. Chances are it will sit at the bottom of the case and will be forgotten until you get back home.

2: Bulky items can be worn on the plane. Coats, jumpers, boots and scarfs can take up a lot of room, so where possible, wear these when travelling. And if your coat has lots of pockets, these are great for putting things like phone charges, books and other small items in. Remember, they weigh and measure your cases, not you. Wear what you can’t fit in your case, but don’t go too overboard; keep in mind that your destination country may be considerably warmer than the UK. You do not want to be wearing 3 jumpers when you land in the Caribbean…

3: Forget what you may have read about rolling vs folding vs layering. If you really want to make the most of your hand luggage allowance, invest in 2 or three small vacuum bags. We promise, the couple of pounds you spend on them will be the best investment you make. You will find some that don’t require a vacuum (handy if you are going on holiday and won’t have a vacuum there), but there is no need to spend the extra money. Just slowly sit on the bag once you’ve neatly laid your clothing inside, and once all the air is out, finish zipping the top and voila! And not only does using these bags save space, but they protect your items from moisture or leaking liquids, and they keep everything organised.

4: Read the hand luggage rules, and then read them again. DirectGov have the clearest guidelines on what you can and cant carry in your hand luggage. If you do not follow these guidelines, be prepared to lose any items that are prohibited or restricted from travel. And if your bag is too heavy or too big, you may face a charge, which defeats the practice of using hand luggage to save money.

5: Stuff the gaps. If you are packing shoes, stuff them with socks. If you case has grooves, fill them with ties, belts, flip flops, or anything else flat and narrow. You have to make the most of every inch.

6: Toiletries can be bought wherever you are going. If you are relocating or going on holiday, make sure you know where your nearest convenience store or supermarket is, so you can make an early trip to stock up on the essentials. And if you are going on holiday, most hotels offer complimentary shampoo, conditioner and soap, and most rooms have hairdryers in too. If you are moving back home, ask a friend or family member to buy your toiletries for your arrival, so that you don’t need to worry when you need an emergency burst of deodorant after an 8 hour flight!

7: If you are moving, all non essential clothing and most household items can be shipped with Parcel2Ship. Group your items into clothing, kitchen, bedroom etc, and make sure there are no restricted or prohibited items. Box them, making sure the items are protected and well packed, and ensure that the weight of each box does exceed the service you are planning to use, and the size of the box is acceptable. Once everything is boxed and you are confident the items can travel on our services, you can visit our website and book the collection and delivery of them. Once booked we will give you labels to attach to the parcels. Depending on your circumstances and the service you booked, you can either wait for collection or take them to the couriers depot on your way to the airport. And once at your destination, you just have to wait for them to be delivered to your new address!

If you have any questions, or additional hints and tips for this blog, let our customer service team know on 01626835933.

Website Sneak Peek

P2S2As many of our customers will be aware, we are in the process of completing our brand new website. And as some people who are familiar with such technology will be all too aware of, these things take time. More time in fact, than we thought. Whilst we were hoping to be live in time for June, it is looking more like September before we will be launching the new look.

Because we are really excited about the progress we have made and the new changes we are bringing in for the Autumn, we wanted to give you all a sneak peek of what the new pages look like. We hope that you are as excited as we are about the changes!

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1: Our quick link homepage. Here, you will find all the essential parts of our website in one place. You can speak to a LiveChat operator in just a couple of clicks, and the four coloured icons tell you about our services, the products available and the countries we send to, with the final coloured icon allowing you to track any parcel booked with Parcel2Ship.

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2: 3 Step Quick Quote. This allows you to not only get multiple quotes quickly and informatively, but you can also keep an eye on your basket and the progress of each order with our traffic light system under ‘Consignment Status’.

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3: Our Knowledge Base, is our pride and joy. It holds the answers to every question you may have, and if you spot something missing you can contact us and it will be entered that day. We have worked on this for a long time, and have answered popular questions about topics such as failed collections and damaged parcels. We have also begun filming a ‘How To’ video for first time customers who need help ordering, and another for those who need help filling in customs forms for parcels travelling outside the EU.

There are lots more great additions and changes to be seen on the new website, and we cannot wait to share them all with you. But for now, enjoy those sneak peeks, and keep a look out for updates and a launch date this September!

From everyone here at Parcel2Ship, thank you for your patience

Send Your Fathers Day Present With Parcel2Ship

If you have your present all sorted and ready to give your dad this Fathers Day (15th June), but don’t know now how to get it to him, come to Parcel2Ship for some great UK and international rates.

Whether you are a student at University unable to come home for the weekend (UK only), or if your dad lives in another country, we have you covered. With great rates starting from under £10 (excluding VAT), we have services on offer to suit all budgets. And if you’ve left your card to the last minute, we also offer express envelope deliveries to most countries.

But that’s not all… You can also take advantage of our exclusive discounts that are currently on offer on our website!

Our SpringSaver discount code will get you 10% off all ParcelForce services to France, ItalySpainIreland, JerseyGuernseyRussia and Australia.

Our WinterWarmer discount code (so popular over the colder months that have have extended it), will get you 10% off all ParcelForce services to FinlandSwedenNorway and Denmark

And for UK deliveries, the customer favourite CitySaver discount is available on all City-Link services under 25KG. This is been a long running discount that many of our regular customers have been enjoying for the last few months, so why don’t you make the most of it too!

All codes are unlimited, so spread the word among your friends and family who also want to send parcels to these countries. Just type in the discount code (SpringSaverWinterWarmer or CitySaver) into the checkout to see the savings, but hurry because these discounts are due to run out at the end of May 2014!

For more information about using these amazing discount codes, as well all the services we offer for parcels and envelopes, just click the links throughout this blog or visit our website - www.Parcel2Ship.co.uk. You can also call our customer services team on 0845 5190185 during office hours.

Mothers Day Outside The UK

Whilst we celebrate Mothers Day in the UK earlier in the year, many other countries chose to treat their mums in May, including USA, Germany and Finland. If you have your present all sorted and ready to give your mum this Mothers Day, but don’t know now how to get it to her, come to Parcel2Ship this week for some great international rates.

With prices start from under £20 (excluding VAT), we have services on offer to suit all budgets. And if you’ve left your card to the last minute, we also offer express envelope deliveries to most countries.

But that’s not all… You can also take advantage of our exclusive discounts that are currently on offer on our website!

Our SpringSaver discount code will get you 10% off all ParcelForce services to France, ItalySpainIreland, JerseyGuernseyRussia and Australia.

Our WinterWarmer discount code (so popular over the colder months that have have extended it), will get you 10% off all ParcelForce services to FinlandSwedenNorway and Denmark

All codes are unlimited, so spread the word among your friends and family who also want to send parcels to these countries. Just type in the discount code (SpringSaver or WinterWarmer ) into the checkout to see the savings, but hurry because these discounts are due to run out at the end of May 2014!

For more information about using these amazing discount codes, as well all the services we offer for parcels and envelopes, just click the links throughout this blog or visit our website - www.Parcel2Ship.co.uk. You can also call our customer services team on 0845 5190185 during office hours.

 

Calling All Home Bound Students!

Going to Uni is both exciting and stressful, but returning home is where it gets tough. Although your life before Uni fitted into the car quite comfortably, those traffic cones and endless ‘collectible’ empty spirit bottles do not! If you are struggling to get all your possessions home after finishing Uni next month, why not use Parcel2Ship for a cheap courier service

We offer great prices starting from just £9.50+VAT, and are currently running a discount which gives all users 10% off all orders under 25KG with City-Link. (just type in CitySaver at the checkout, valid until end of May)

To use our services, you will need to make sure everything is packaged securely and safely in either a box, parcel bag, or suitcase, and attach the destination address. You can even package everything up before you go, and book several weeks afterwards, because with City-Link you do not need to print of a bar code label. Just make sure someone will be there to hand the package to the collection driver

If you have been living within Halls of Residence, please ensure the Post Room on site has your parcel and is on the collection address, as couriers will not come to your door. Check with your Uni if this is possible before placing your order

And if you are staying in your new hometown for the summer but are struggling to find some clean socks, you could always just send your dirty washing back home…

For any questions about student shipping, give Parcel2Ship’s customer services team a call on 0845 5190185

 

Our New Website

As many of our customers are aware, we have spent the last year designing and creating our brand new website. With this will come a new logo, new services, new destination countries, as well as many more benefits that will make ordering a parcel collection and delivery quick and hassle free.

The first change you will spot is that logo has had a complete makeover. We love the new colour theme of blue that will be carried on throughout the website, and the various icons and general layout of the website is a lot more user friendly and organised.

We have also added LOT of new countries, including Montenegro, Georgia and Indonesia. Whilst we currently offer to services to 59 countries, we have always wanted to expand our range, so we are very happy to be able to offer even more options to our customers.

Our list of couriers has also increased, and will continue to do so. Whilst we cannot name names as yet, we already have contracts confirmed with 2 of the leading UK couriers, and we are looking at pallet shippers for big items being sent in the UK and abroad.

Other benefits that our new website will bring include a simpler and more streamlined ordering form, the ability to come back to previous quotes and email them to yourself or someone else, and log in capabilities if you are a regular user. And over the next few months we will also be including eBay and Amazon checkouts, and bulk upload spreadsheets for high volume customers.

We are hoping to launch out new website in June, and in the first few weeks we will welcome any feedback from our customers – after all, our customers are why we have been working so hard to revamp what we have already. So if you have questions, observations, complaints or suggestions, please contact a member of our customer service team on 0845 5190185 or email info@parcel2ship.co.uk