How to Ship Valuable or Expensive Items Internationally

Sending expensive and valuable items by courier

Take advantage of our experience in logistics and learn how to ship expensive and valuable items internationally. Follow our packing tips and find the best courier service for shipping expensive and valuable items abroad.

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Depending on their value, valuable items can be considered restricted or prohibited for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


What to know before shipping expensive items internationally

Choosing the right courier service is extremely important when sending valuable or expensive items abroad. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your high-value parcel delivery:

  • Pack the high-value items you are shipping internationally in a cardboard box following the guidelines below.
  • Measure the package dimensions and weight to determine the best shipping service for you.
  • Check if you are required to print and attach the shipping label to your parcel. We will send this information via email once the service is confirmed.
  • Make sure someone is present at the pick-up and delivery addresses when sending valuable items by courier. Check the condition of the parcel before signing the proof of delivery.


Shipping expensive and high-value items internationally via courier

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*Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include high-value items in their list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack valuable and other expensive items for safe shipping

Follow these steps to protect your high-value items before sending them by courier:

    1. Wrap the items with bubble wrap. Use several layers of bubble wrap to cover every single valuable item you are shipping.
    2. Prepare a sturdy cardboard box. Take care of internal cushioning by putting some packaging materials in the box.
    3. Place the items inside the box. If you have several items, make sure to separate them from each other with cardboard scrap or plenty of cushioning materials. Afterwards, fill all the empty spaces with additional packing materials.
    4. Seal the box. You need to make sure that the items are immovable inside the box. Seal it with plenty of adhesive tape and label “Fragile” if needed.


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Van Delivery – the best and safest way to ship valuable items abroad

When shipping high-value and expensive items locally or internationally, the safest option is to book the Van Delivery Service. With this option, you will have an entire van reserved for your load that will go directly from the collection to delivery locations.

Important: When booking a Van Delivery, you do not have to comply with any packaging requirements. However, we strongly advise wrapping valuable items for shipping in bubble wrap and packing them in a cardboard box for maximum protection.

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FAQ on how to ship expensive and valuable items internationally

Can I send valuable or expensive items with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship valuable items internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain valuable items within the content. The price definition of “high-value” is determined by each logistics company individually, along with the specific rules and requirements for their services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking Express or Priority shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.
What is considered a high-value parcel delivery service?
A high-value parcel delivery service is when you ship items with a high monetary value or that hold sentimental value to you. Examples of high-value items that people frequently ship include luxury items, designer handbags, jewellery, silver sets, collector coins and antiques. Other items that are irreplaceable such as birth certificates or family heirlooms are also considered high-value items by courier services.
Are valuable and expensive items covered by shipping insurance?
Please be aware that basic or additional shipping insurance will not apply to valuable items. If you choose to ship high-value items internationally, you do so at your own risk, meaning you will not be covered for damage, loss or theft. We recommend contacting our experts before deciding to send valuable or expensive items by courier, to discuss the best option for your shipment and insurance options.
How do I package designer handbags and purses for shipping?
The best way to prepare designer handbags and purses for shipping and keep them in the best condition is to always store them inside a cloth bag and to fill empty spaces with cushioning materials. Almost all genuine designer labels will sell their bags and purses in cloth bags, along with detailed care instructions and sometimes even an outer box. Take into consideration our guidelines on packing valuable items, but when considering how to package designer handbags and purses for shipping, we certainly recommend as much original packaging protection as possible to avoid damage.
What is the best and safest way to ship valuable items internationally?
The best solution for shipping valuable items is the Van Delivery Service. An entire vehicle will be dedicated to your shipment, reducing the risk of loss or damage associated with the multiple loading and unloading operations that take place in a standard shipment.
How do you send valuable items abroad by post or courier?
Although most postal and courier services include valuable items in their list of restricted items, many people still choose to send valuables at their own risk with standard postal or courier services every day. The best way to ensure the safety of your valuables during transport is to pack them properly. Choose good quality packaging materials and use cushioning materials for additional protection. If you wish to ship expensive or high-value items internationally, we suggest contacting our team before placing your order to discuss the best courier service for your needs.
What is the cheapest way to ship high-value or expensive items internationally via courier?
The cheapest courier service for shipping valuable items in most cases is the Standard Service. This also depends on the size of your shipment as well as the courier services available for your route. You can get an instant quote by inserting your shipping details in the booking tool below.
Take into consideration these guidelines when deciding on shipping valuable or expensive items internationally. 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 expensive or high-value items internationally, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.