Lots of people feel a little cautious about sending parcels overseas. This is because they spend so long in transit that it is easy to imagine how easily they get lost or become damaged. However, there are some measures you can put in place to ensure that your parcel to Canada arrives in one piece.
Use the correct packaging
Don’t try to cram an item into packaging which is too small or not a suitable shape or material. If an object has sharp corners, put it in a cardboard box. In a padded envelope or parcel paper, the corners might break through, exposing the product to damage. If you’re only sending something small and not breakable, a padded envelope should suffice, but make sure it’s properly taped up in case it opens in transit.
If your handwriting isn’t very clear, print the recipient’s address, along with your own as a return address if anything happens, and glue them onto the envelope or box. Secure the edges of the paper with sellotape. If you would prefer to handwrite your label, use a pen relative to the size of the box. On a smaller envelope, use a ballpoint pen to avoid any smudging if it gets wet, or for a big box, use a large, thick pen to make sure the address stands out.
Weigh and measure correctly
If you miscalculate the weight or size of your parcel, the recipient may end up having to pay extra to receive your parcel at best, or at worst the parcel could be returned to you undelivered. This is another reason it’s so important to add a return address to your parcel – in case there is a mistake with the measurements or weight so that it can be returned and resent when the corrected postage has been added.
Be sure to check the customs laws for Canada. Don’t try to send items which are on the disallowed list or they will be returned or possibly destroyed, or the package may be opened in order to remove the banned items. Attach a customs declaration form to give the Canadian postal service an idea of what is in your parcel. In order to avoid your labels becoming illegible, don’t place addresses over any openings in the box, as if the customs team decide to randomly check your parcel, the address will be torn in half, making it hard for the postal team to know where to send the package.
Esther Martin has become well acquainted with sending goods overseas as she has family located across the globe and endeavours to keep in touch with all of them.