Whether it’s letters or parcels, magazines and other publications, business post or direct mail you want to post internationally, items can be in the hands of the recipients within just a few days, thousands of miles away.
And with a burgeoning e-Commerce business across Europe and beyond, millions of consignments a year are literally flying – as well as sailing and trucking – to hundreds of destinations every day. There are a few things to remember:
So where to start?
All UK logistics companies follow the same rules globally on restricted items, many of which come under the banner of Dangerous Goods. Some of these Dangerous Goods, whilst highly hazardous, may be permitted if they are being distributed in Limited Quantities. Others are banned altogether. For further information, see IATA’s rules and regulations for items travelling by air and for road transportation, see ADR 2013.
Beware though - don’t think just because you are not distributing toxic materials, corrosive liquids or potential explosives that you are exempt. Dangerous Goods can be as simple as small items such as:
batteries (lithium batteries are a great cause for concern at the moment). Or even the items that contain batteries.
The rules are strict and the consequences for breaking them severe. Use an expert postal company like Asendia UK, who can guide you through the maze of cross border rules and goods regulations. Check out some of Asendia UK’s helpful articles Limited Quantities in the postal network and What’s all the hype about transporting lithium batteries for more information.
As a global postal company with a rich heritage of expertise, Asendia can advise not only on what you can post internationally, but also give you the best options of how to send, based on size, weight and destination. A joint venture between two of the most famous postal companies in the world, La Poste and Swiss Post, Asendia has access to exceptional logistics knowledge, a huge network of delivery routes and, often, unequivocal postage rates.
Many of the UK’s biggest brands work with Asendia, which has more than 1,000 staff in 15 countries working hard to provide innovative postal solutions to 220 destinations worldwide. They offer solutions for all classes of mail and can provide a wide range of international mailing fulfilment services. While there are no minimum quantities, pricing is dependent on such things as volumes, frequency, weight and size. Contact Asendia for a quote, no matter what or how much you want to post internationally.
If your business needs to promote itself across borders through direct mail – and it’s still the most effective method of increasing ROI – then Asendia offers a ‘local look’ direct entry postal service for international mail. Adding a local look to your international post provides a proven higher rate of response to your mail.
Asendia UK offer competitive rates on international business post, including letters, invoices and documents.
Asendia UK works with over 200 publishers of magazines, journals and newspapers, including some of the UK’s best-known magazines, plus many niche journals, posting them worldwide. Special publishers’ postal services, both home and internationally, provide exclusive postal discounts for qualifying publications, using Priority and Standard/Economy postal services.
If you send more than 500 packets or parcels a month internationally, Asendia UK has solutions for worldwide destinations, including tracked postal services.
For more information on any of Asendia UK’s services, go to www.asendia.co.uk/en/
About the author
Catherine Jackson is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and has been a publishing professional for over 30 years, working in newspapers, magazines, and marketing in the education, retail and travel sectors. She has also worked as a freelance copywriter, editor and proofreader before joining Asendia UK as Content Marketing Executive & Copywriter. Google+