You can send some very strange and unusual things in the post – including coconuts and potatoes. While you may never have the need, or urge, to send a vegetable or piece of fruit in the mail, there are times when you may need to send something a little out of the ordinary.
As well as checking the prohibited item list, when it comes to shipping an unusual item, a lot of preparation and research is required. You will also have to find a specialist courier service, like the options offered by TNT. If you need to post items that are particularly valuable, temperature sensitive or even live animals, here is a brief guide to help you.
When sending something valuable, your main concern is that it arrives safely at its destination. As such, there are several steps you can take to alleviate your worry and protect your valuables.
Firstly, always pack well. Make sure it’s protected against damage with a padded layer and place in packaging that is an adequate size. If there is any void space, fill this with scrunched up paper to prevent movement. Scrunched up paper is more eco-friendly tan bubble wrap as it is completely recyclable and biodegradable.
After carefully wrapping, make sure to disguise what’s inside. Don’t write the contents on the packaging and make sure the shape doesn’t give away what’s inside. Finally, choose a service that requires a signature upon delivery and provides adequate insurance for the value of the contents.
This category covers a wide range of items, including perishable food stuffs and medical supplies. Because this can deteriorate if not stored at the correct temperature, the most important consideration when posting these kind of items is the service. Shipping temperature sensitive goods requires a specialist fleet that can refrigerate or keep items at a constant temperature.
Packaging is also important for perishable items. It should offer stability and insulation to protect the temperature sensitive contents.
If you buy a pet from across the UK, you may need to use a specialist animal transporting service. Like temperature sensitive items, when dealing with animals, the choice of courier is essential, not only for safety, but for reducing stress and ensuring comfort.
The way an animal is housed is important, too. Always ensure that you’ve got the correct kennel, cage, tank or equipment to keep the animal safe and secure. The welfare of an animal is paramount so make sure you choose a reputable courier who specialises in animals.
If you need to post valuables, temperature sensitive items, or animals, hopefully this post has helped. Always research the courier, choose the appropriate specialist service, and select packaging carefully.
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