Shipping a parcel or suitcase to an urban area
Shipping a parcel, suitcase or other belongings to an urban area or a busy city, involves a few key differences to shipping to a quiet neighbourhood in a residential area to bear in mind. Eurosender offers expert advice and tips to shipping to all destinations, including shipping suitcases and luggage to cities worldwide, saving you time, money and hassles, by explaining what to keep in mind to avoid failed courier parcel deliveries within busy cities.
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Before shipping a parcel to a busy city or urban area
Shipping a suitcase to a city might be easy, but there are some things you should keep in mind to make the process smoother and avoid failed deliveries. These include:
When the courier comes to pick up your package it has to be packed already. With our detailed packaging instructions, you can pack your shipment properly. The whole process will only take a few minutes.
All shipments arranged through Eurosender are covered by our standard insurance, but you can easily purchase additional insurance at low prices.
Always be sure the items you wish to ship in a parcel to a busy city or urban area are not prohibited or restricted by courier companies. Couriers may refuse collection or your parcel may be returned or destroyed.
How to address a parcel for delivery to busy cities
The most important thing when you shipping a parcel to a busy city to provide the correct address. Make sure you provide all relevant information, including building names, floor numbers and recipient details:
Choose the country of pick-up/delivery.
Ex.: United Kingdom
- Name and Surname
Add the full name of the consignee.
Ex.: Jane Black
Fill out the street name in full and the number.
Ex.: Smith street 20
- Additional info – Optional
Here you can add additional information about the address or consignee. Keep in mind that the courier doesn’t always take this info in consideration.
Ex.: Apartment 25
- Zip code
Add the zip code, please double check if it’s the right one.
Ex.: E1 6AN
Add the full name of the town or city.
Ex.: Aldersgate, London
- Phone number
Add the phone number, change the area code if needed.
Ex.: +44(country code) 20 710 6000
What happens if nobody is home to receive my parcel delivery in busy cities?
If the courier is unable to deliver the parcel to the provided address because the recipient is not home, they might leave the parcel with a neighbour to ensure you receive it as soon as possible. This happens mostly when using a standard shipping service. Any new delivery attempt adds extra costs for the courier company. This is why some courier companies have a limited number of delivery attempts and may charge additionally if new deliveries are required. Other courier companies will request an authorization form in order to leave the parcel to your neighbour’s.
Common issues when shipping a parcel to an urban area and how to avoid them?
When shipping a parcel to an urban area, courier companies might face some difficulties. Below you will find the most common issues and what you can do in order to prevent these things from happening.
It happens that an apartment has multiple doors, multiple letterboxes, or a bell with no name. If the details on the shipping label are incomplete or wrong, delivery will not take place.
It might be that there is a valet or another reason why there is no direct access to the entrance specified in the address. In this case, provide clear details regarding the place where you will be able to receive the parcel.
In case the name on the doorbell does not match. Avoid this by putting down the name on the doorbell in the additional info field during the order process.
It happens that your plans change for various reasons. Of course, you can’t always predict this. But when you know this beforehand it might be a better idea to ship your package to a nearby parcel locker. This way you know for sure that your items are stored in perfect condition.
Frequently asked questions about parcel delivery to busy cities
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