How to ship chocolate internationally or domestically
What’s one of the most favorite gifts of all time? That’s right, chocolate! For centuries people have been presenting chocolate as a way to show their congratulations, respect or love. But what if your loved ones are far from where you are? Then you contact Eurosender for shipping chocolate with a courier. Many people worry about shipping chocolate with a courier service, but it is actually easier as it seems. The most important thing when shipping chocolate, is that you have the proper packaging. That is why Eurosender has compiled this handy guide with all information on the cheapest way to send chocolate.
Shipping with Eurosender is simple, quick and reliable. All you have to do is:
Choose the pick-up and delivery countries, the number of packages and their weight.
You will be provided with the best available offer.
Fill in the form with your details and pay for the service.
Get informed on how to pack your items for shipping.
Make sure to place an order at least two days prior to the pick-up date and have someone at the address to give the package to the courier.
Check the dimensions and weight of your parcel in the shipment size checker below. If it is too big, too heavy or oddly shaped, ask for an individual offer.
Check which service to choose
How to place an order for shipping chocolate with a courier
After you have placed the order, Eurosender will take over from you. We find the cheapest way to send chocolate with the most reliable courier service provider. Our specialists will do all the communication on your behalf and make sure that everything goes smoothly from the moment of pick-up until the moment of delivery. Your only task is to correctly pack the shipment and book the services at Eurosender, which will not take you more than 3 minutes.
If you have any special requests, if your package exceeds the maximum dimensions or if you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us. You can reach our Customer Service team by email or by phone. They will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.
Shipping chocolate with a courier
When you are shipping chocolate with a courier to a friend or loved one, you can go for the standard courier service for the cheapest way to send chocolate. However, you have to be 100% sure that all chocolate is packed carefully. Only with the best packaging a safe delivery of your chocolate is possible.
When choosing courier services on the Eurosender platform, there are several things to keep in mind:
- The first thing you have to do is to determine the dimensions of your shipment with our free online dimensions checker. If the measurements of your package exceed the dimensions in the tracker, then contact our Customer Support team for an individual order, which is provided within several minutes.
- In case you have plans to leave the pick-up address, make sure that you order the pick-up address 2 days before you are leaving. When this is not possible, make sure that there is someone else to hand over the shipment.
- When the pick-up address is located in Sweden, Poland or Spain: In these countries, it is obligatory to print the label by yourself and attach it your parcel. In all other countries, this is done by the courier.
Tips on how to ship chocolate internationally
Before we start telling you about the materials you need for packing your chocolate, there are a few general tips how to ship chocolate internationally.
- Check the melting temperature of your chocolate. Most chocolate has a melting temperature of between 30-32 degrees Celsius and on these data, we prepared this packing guide. If your chocolate has a lower melting temperature, please contact our customer service for more details.
- Keep your chocolate cold as long as possible. Don’t get your chocolate out of the fridge until you are going to pack it. This way you know that the starting temperature is as low as possible.
- To avoid failing at the previous point, it is crucial that you have good planning for your packing. Don’t worry, in our guide, you will find all the info you need.
Chocolate delivery packing materials
With the materials below, you can be sure that your chocolate has the best possible protection you can imagine. You can find all these materials, in your local stationer’s, hardware store or supermarket. Also, keep in mind that you can use second-hand materials (for example boxes) as long as they are not damaged in any way.
- 2 Cardboard boxes of consecutive size.
- Plastic wrap– to wrap your chocolate with.
- Plastic (insulated) food containers– to store your chocolate. Insulated food containers give better protection to chocolate. Choose a box that is not much bigger than the chocolate to prevent it from moving
- A cold pack or dry ice packs – These are optional. They also give additional protection to your chocolate.
- Thermal bubble wrap– to protect the food container with chocolate. Thermal bubble wrap protects the content of the package, whereas regular bubble wrap protects the outside of the package.
- Cushioning Materials– You can use packing peanuts or other cushioning materials such as shredded paper, cardboard or polystyrene.
- Adhesive tape – to close the boxes and seal the package.
Chocolate packing process
When you have all the materials in front of you, it is time to start the packing process. Follow the instructions below for successful delivery of your chocolate.
- Wrap the items in plastic foil – you may skip this step when the chocolate you send is already in a box and wrapper.
- Put the chocolate into the plastic (insulated) food container – add some cushioning material if the chocolate moves too much in the box.
- Place a cold pack under the container – if your chocolate has a lower melting temperature, you can add a cold pack under the container. Always check that the pack is not leaking.
- Wrap the chocolate container with thermal bubble wrap – wrap the thermal bubble wrap around the food container with chocolate (and the cold pack, if added). Then seal it with adhesive tape.
- Place the container into the smallest box – Cover the bottom of the box with cushioning material, a polystyrene sheet would be perfect for this. Then fill up the box with packing peanuts and place another sheet of polystyrene on top. Then close the box and seal it with tape.
- Place the smaller box into the bigger one – Put some packing peanuts on the bottom and then insert the smaller box. After that fill up the sides and top with cushioning material and close the box.
- Seal the box – seal the box with tape and make sure that you covered all corners and loose ends. Don’t forget that when the pick-up address is in Poland, Spain or Sweden, you have to print and attach your own label.
- You can also add a warning saying “Fragile” or “Handle with care” on the top and on the sides of the box. Even though the courier is not obliged to treat the parcel as such, this will serve as an indication of your parcel’s nature.
When shipping cold items or chocolate that need temperature control, well protected cold packs should never be replaced with ice or anything else that could melt or leak and damage your shipment. If this happens, the damage occurred will be solely your responsibility.
Reasons for shipping chocolate.
At Eurosender we communicate with our clients on daily basis to find out what their needs and desires are. Our team does everything to provide you with the best and cheapest way to send chocolate. There might be various reasons for shipping chocolate but from our experience, the following ones are the most common.
- Share your expat experience with friends and family at home. What gives a better idea of your life far away than some nice local chocolate? If you’re an expat, also check out our special guide on shipping for expats
- Show your love for that special someone by sending him or her some delicious chocolate, no matter the distance between you. If you are ready for a more serious gift, don’t forget to read our guide on bridal gown deliveries.
- Ordering exclusive chocolate. It might happen that your local shops don’t provide you with the chocolate quality that your desire. With the help of Eurosender, that is now a thing of the past.
- Treat for children. All children love chocolate and you will make yourself very popular by presenting it. At Eurosender it is not only possible to send chocolate, but also toys and games
- The number of foodies is increasing. Foodies are people that have one passion in life: Food! Are you a foodie and you want to know how to ship chocolate internationally? Or maybe you have other kinds of food that you would like to ship. Then also check out our guides on honey, olive oil, wine or food in general
Is there a piece of info we forgot about? Help us by letting us know and we will expand this page with even more information that will help you send delicacies to your friends and family in a simple and affordable way.
Many courier service providers don’t recommend shipping packages with chocolate items as they are associated with a high risk of leakages or spoilage. Especially if packed improperly, these can get damaged and in turn damage other shipments. In case this does happen, the delivery can be cancelled while the insurance does not apply. We, therefore, recommend that you only book the standard courier services for chocolates that can be shipped safely and take care that your shipment will not cause issues. Follow the below rules:
- Try to avoid shipping home-made meals and perishables. Chocolate that needs to be refrigerated spoils quickly and can go bad during the transport as the temperature and other conditions are often unpredictable. Canned and packaged chocolates that are not prone to spoilage are the best choice when it comes to shipping.
- Especially if you cannot avoid shipping home-made meals completely, it is a good idea to calculate the estimated delivery time to see how much time the chocolate will travel.
If you still have questions after reading this, feel free to contact our friendly Customer Support team. They are ready. to help you in 15 languages
Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping chocolate. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship chocolate, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.