Whilst in previous years, the Royal Mail was your only port of call for delivery, the world of logistics has really gone from strength to strength. No longer are you restricted to communicating with fellow individuals and businesses in your home country, now you can ship goods, even your most treasured and fragile possessions, not just throughout Europe but internationally.
There are a number of international courier services to choose from, and whilst selecting a service that offers cost efficiency is important there are a selection of other factors to consider when enlisting a specialist to handle your delivery. Here we take a closer look at the five factors that every individual or organisation searching for an international courier should consider…
Flexibility at every stage
Flexibility is the key when it comes to getting your goods from country A to country B, and ensuring that you select a company that makes delivery easy – preferably with a fully managed service – will save you not just time and money, but a real headache! Due to the logistical differences worldwide, having an understanding of the international marketplace is particularly important and many courier services spend years building up networks of carriers and expanding the modes of transport at their disposal.
Calling on an international courier that is flexible and professional whatever the nature of the goods you are looking to transport will ensure delivery can be arranged, monitored every step of the way and confirmed at the other end!
Fully managed solutions
Enlisting a courier that can fully manage transit on your behalf is the call of the day for many companies and individuals, after all who has the time to oversee the transport of goods and handle the issues that can crop up in the process. By selecting a logistics specialist with experience in both international delivery and freight forwarding, you can enjoy the very best of both worlds. This unique combination ensures the logistics of your journey and all the bits in-between are dealt with professionally, including customs brokerage, insurance, supply chain management and cross-dock transit.
A service you can depend on
We understand that trust is a key part of why we are so successful as a leading international courier. Yes, dependability is vital, after all you can’t just rely on anyone to handle the transportation of your precious personal possessions or costly corporate goods. Ensuring that the company you choose has an excellent reputation is easy thanks to the joys of the internet, whilst time served expertise when handling international shipments is also highly desirable.
Experience at all levels
Whether you intend to utilise the services of an international courier on a one-off or regular basis, it is likely that you will have some contact with the team behind the company to ensure that delivery can be arranged, and go ahead as smoothly and safely as possible. As well as being able to call on a team that has the expertise to offer an informed and professional service, your delivery’s international journey means that multi-lingual members of staff may be needed to ensure your parcel or pallet gets to its final destination.
Access to real time updates
Whilst every customer can benefit from a fully managed solution, having the reassurance you need that your parcel or pallet is on route and set to arrive at your chosen destination on time and in complete safety is vital. The international courier you choose should provide access to the latest technology so you can keep up to date with your delivery at any time of the day or night. Real time delivery information should be available around the clock, along with regular updates by email or text.