Affordable shipping services to islands
Whether you are on holiday on Sicily or you are enjoying a secluded life on the island of Frösö in Sweden, shipping to an island may raise some questions. Even though delivering a package to an island is often just as easy as to any other address, there are some differences. For example, when the island is very remote or when there are only a few towns on the island. And what about customs clearance for island shipping? Also, the means of transport and the number of delivery days could differ. Find out how to ship to an island and what are the most important facts to keep in mind when organizing a delivery to or from an island.
Place an order to ship a package or a pallet to or from an island
What is different when shipping to an island?
Let’s take a look at some of the things that are different when it comes to courier delivery services to an island, and how these things can have an effect on your shipment.
What to pay attention to when using a courier delivery service to an island?
Besides the beforementioned differences when it comes to shipping to an island, there are also several things you should keep in mind when preparing a parcel collection or delivery to an island.
Shipping documents. Depending on the location of the island, you will have to prepare shipping documents for the customs clearance for a courier delivery to an island. Usually, this is not necessary when you ship within the EU. However, when you send items to an island that is part of the EU but which is not located in Europe (for example the Canary Islands), your shipment will still go through customs, as this island could be considered a territory outside the EU. Things that you may have to prepare so that customs authorities can quickly asses your shipment, include:
- Commercial invoices;
- Purchase orders;
- Certificates of origin/ declarations of responsibility.
How to write the address when delivering to an island
Like with any shipment, writing the address correctly is essential for a successful delivery to an island. However, the address is one of the most frequent reasons for failed deliveries. That is why we have prepared an example address field with all the details: follow them to avoid problems or inconvenience when you ship to an island.
Choose the country of pick-up/delivery.
Ex.: Portugal (Madeira & Azores)
- Name & Surname
Add the full name of the consignee.
Ex.: Alejandro Cuevas
Fill out the street name in full and the number.
Ex.: Rua de Gonçalo Bezerra 69
- Additional info – Optional
This area is not always taken into consideration by the courier, so avoid writing essential information here.
- Zip code
Add the zip code, please double check if it’s the right one.
Add the full name of the town or city.
Ex.: Ribeira Grande
- Phone number
Add the phone number, change the area code if needed.
Ex.: +351 21 1234123
What is the best service for cheap shipping to an island?
We often get questions about how to effectively ship to an island. Choosing the right service for your shipment helps you to easily save both time and money. Let’s take a look at the services Eurosender has to offer regarding courier service to an island and what you should pay attention to when preparing your package.
Standard Shipping. When not exceeding the dimensions below, your package is suitable for standard shipping. Some items that are suitable for this service are books, clothes or toys. When you have several things, it is good to know that you can send multiple packages in one order.
- Maximum weight of 40kg (30kg in some cases).
- A maximum length of 175 cm.
- Length (in cm) + 2x width (in cm) + 2x height (in cm) < 300 cm.
Island shipping services for businesses
Shipping packages and pallets from and to an island can be a daily need for many companies. If you are one of them and you are looking for a smart solution to manage your logistics and expand your business, Eurosender is the perfect ally.
Sign in as business user on our platform and start creating and managing your own logistic platform. Book shipping services for your customers, to import goods or to get supplies for your company with low prices and many other advantages and dedicated offers.
If you have other questions on how to ship packages and pallets from or to an island or you wonder if it’s possible to receive or send a package in a small island contact our team. They will gladly help you to organize your delivery to an island.