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Tips and advice

How to send a parcel/pallet

  1. Prepare your parcel/pallet for collection as seen on our packaging tips page
  2. Insure your parcel/pallet is not above the weight and girth/size limit
  3. Go to our "ORDER NOW" page
    1. Choose the collection country
    2. Choose the delivery country
    3. Choose the quantity of parcels
    4. Choose the date you wish your parcels to be collected
    5. Give a description of the contents
    6. Give the rough contents value
    7. Give the dimensions and weight of your shipment
    8. Fill in sender fields
    9. Fill in receiver fields
    10. Check your order summary
    11. Confirm you have read Packaging Advice, Prohibited Items and Own Risk Items
    12. Confirm you have read and agree to Terms & Conditions
    13. Choose your method of payment
    14. Fill in the security field by typing the characters from the image above

Now your order is complete, you have been sent the confirmation on the email address provided in the order.                            

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Packaging tips

Parcels

 

     SELECT THE CORRECT BOX


  • Choose a shipping box/carton that is structurally sturdy and suitable for the items you wish to ship. We would suggest a “double walled shipping box”. If sending a heavy parcel, ensure that your box will be strong enough to protect and carry your items. Always select the size of the package according to its content. Under-filled boxes may collapse in transit; over packed boxes may burst.

 

 

     CUSHIONING YOUR ITEMS

 

 

  • Always use high quality materials for your shipments. Consider strength, cushioning, and durability when selecting your wrapping supplies. Use expanded polystyrene chips, polyethylene foam, bubble plastic, crumpled aircushions or shredded paper to cushion fragile items. Make sure your items have protective packing around them to reduce the chance of damage during transit. Use additional cushioning materials to give extra support to smaller items. Fragile goods must be cushioned – place them in the centre of the box with additional cushioning on all sides.  50 mm of cushioning is industry minimum standard.

 

 

     SEALING YOUR BOX

 

 

  • Make sure your parcels are well sealed with strong packing tape. Pay particular attention to closure flaps on the top and bottom of your parcel to insure it does not split open whilst in transit.
  • Gift wrapping is not sufficient for transit through the network distribution system. Remember your parcel will be handled numerous times from point of collection to point of delivery 

 

 

     ADDRESS YOUR BOX

 

 

  • Write clearly on the carton, the full delivery address including post code and the contact phone number of the person receiving your parcel. 

 

 

     FRAGILE ITEMS

 

 

  • All items must be packed into a carton/box or protected by bubble-wrap or cardboard depending on the nature of the item. If damage can easily occur due to a lack of  packaging used, you may void any insurance claim. The best way to dispatch electronic items is using the original manufacturers packaging as a starting point and then adding further packaging for protection. We recommend all electrical items are double boxed. Place the electrical item in thick polystyrene blocks that do not allow any movement of the unit in the cardboard box, then place the packaged unit in your cardboard box and seal with thick tape. Fill your outer box with a layer of polystyrene chips and place the inner box on top. Ensure the outer box is filled to its limit and there are no air gaps.
  • Ensure liquids are stored in leak-free containers, packed with a lightweight, strong, internal material and sealed with a plastic bag. Always remember that bad packaging may cause damage to surrounding items. If liquid is travelling in glass bottles, ensure that there is adequate internal packaging i.e. cushioning around each bottle, and cardboard separators separating each one. Also ensure that the glass is sufficiently cushioned top and bottom. Double seal any semi-liquids or strong smelling product with adhesive tape to avoid leakage
  • Bad packaging results in damage – damage may not be confined just to your product!
  • Always ship powders in strong plastic bags, securely sealed and packed in a rigid box.

 

 

 


 

Pallets


     SELECTING THE CORRECT PALLET


  • Make sure that the pallet you intend to use is in good condition and fit for purpose. Pallet incomplete or damaged may cause overturn, causing damage to the goods. 
  • Remember the standard pallet size is 120 x 100 cms.

 

     BUILDING, WRAPPING AND SEALING YOUR PALLET

 

  • Set your goods on a pallet in a way that does not protrude beyond the pallet. Try and use the same size of carton to pack, as they are easier to stack. Light cartons containing fragile items should be stacked on the heavier cartons to prevent crushing.  To strengthen we recommend to strap the parcels on the pallet and then to wrap all together with shrink foil. Make sure your pallet is well sealed with strong packing tape.



     ADDRESS YOUR PALLET

 


  • Print out the full delivery address including postcode and telephone contact number of the recipient of the pallet and place it on the pallet using document pouch.



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Sending do's and don'ts

Sending A Parcel ?

The Do’s and Don’ts

 

  • Do pack items in a suitable shipping box.
  • Do use double walled boxes.
  • Do make sure you have the full address, post code, local contact number for the recipient clearly on the label.
  • Do use good quality packing tape or reinforced carton tape on the top and bottom of your parcel.
  • Do use protective packaging such as bubble wrap and protective foam.
  • Do re-pack multiple small boxes into one large box.

 

 

ALL PARCELS NEED TO BE PACKED WITH SUITABLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING AS THEY TRAVEL THROUGH AUTOMATIC SORTING CONVEYORS.

 

  • Don’t tape or strap multiple boxes together, if they separate it is impossible to identify the owner.
  • Don’t use old or recycled boxes.
  • Don’t pack your items in plastic of fabric bags.
  • Don’t use twine or rope to secure your parcel.
  • Don’t pack a parcel in Kraft paper.
  • Don’t expect “fragile” or “this way up” labels to protect your package . Parcel conveyors and automated sorting machines DON’T read these labels.

 

 

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Prohibited items

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any destination:

1.         MONEY (coins, cash, currency paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters), COLLECTABLE COINS AND STAMPS;

2.         EXPLOSIVES, FIREWORKS AND OTHER ITEMS OF AN INCENDIARY OR FLAMMABLE NATURE;

3.         HUMAN CORPSES, ORGANS OR BODY PARTS, HUMAN AND ANIMAL EMBRYOS, CREMATED OR DISINTERRED HUMAN REMAINS;

4.         CASH ON DELIVERY CONSIGNMENTS;

5.         FIREARMS, WEAPONRY, AMMUNITION AND THEIR PARTS;

6.         FOODSTUFFS, PERISHABLE FOOD ARTICLES AND BEVERAGES REQUIRING REFRIGERATION OR OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL;

7.         PLANTS AND PLANT MATERIAL, INCLUDING SEEDS AND CUT FLOWERS (CUT FLOWERS ARE ACCEPTABLE TO CERTAIN DESTINATIONS, INFORMATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST);

8.         LOTTERY TICKETS, GAMBLING DEVICES WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW;

9.         PERISHABLES (OTHER THAN UNDER (7)) unless advance arrangements are made;

10.       PORNOGRAPHY AND/OR OBSCENE MATERIAL;

11.       HAZARDOUS WASTE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, USED HYPODERMIC NEEDLES AND/OR SYRINGES OR MEDICAL WASTE;

12.       WET ICE (FROZEN WATER);

13.       CONSIGNMENTS REQUIRING CARRIER TO OBTAIN ANY SPECIAL LICENSE OR PERMIT FOR TRANSPORTATION, IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION;

14.       CONSIGNMENTS THE CARRIAGE, IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION OF WHICH IS PROHIBITED BY ANY LAW, STATUTE OR REGULATION;

15.       CONSIGNMENTS WITH A DECLARED VALUE FOR CUSTOMS IN EXCESS OF THAT PERMITTED;

16.       DEAD ANIMALS OR ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN MOUNTED;

17.       PACKAGES THAT ARE WET, LEAKING OR EMIT AN ODOR OF ANY KIND;

18.       PACKAGES THAT ARE WRAPPED IN KRAFT PAPER;

19.       LIVE ANIMALS AND INSECTS;

20.       CONSIGNMENTS THAT MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO, OR DELAY OF, EQUIPMENT, PERSONNEL OR OTHER CONSIGNMENTS;

21.       Perishable or temperature controlled goods, remains;

22.       Valuable goods (e.g. money, precious metals and stones, jewelry and genuine pearls, objects of art, collector’s items, antiques);

23.       Goods the damage or loss of which would result in high consequential damages (e.g. volumes with sensitive data);

24.       Phone cards and pre-paid cards, e.g. for mobile phones;

27.       Valuable documents (e.g. securities, acceptance bills, savings books);

28.       Tobacco products and liquors;

Carrier excludes all liability for Consignments of such items howsoever accepted (including acceptance by mistake or under notice).

 

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Own risk items

 

This list of goods fall outside the terms and conditions of ParcelsWorld Loss/Damage Cover also include fragile items which aren’t particularly well-suited to an automated sorting process. Parcels are sorted using an automated process. These machines cannot read “Fragile” or “Breakable” labels.

 

Customers that book these items through the ParcelsWorld booking service, do so entirely at there own risk. This means that it is your responsibility to ensure that your packaging is sufficient for the product when be processed through an automated conveyorable sorting system.

Should any damage occur to these items during transit, there is no cover for loss or damage, compensation, reimbursement or refund, or other amount payable by the parcel carrier or ParcelsWorld to the customer.

 

  • Alloy Wheels ( unless boxed seperate )
  • Antiques
  • Bathroom suite
  • Car body work of all kinds
  • Ceramic(s)
  • Computer monitors ( unless boxed in an original fabric box including styrofoam  )
  • Electronic equipment ( unless boxed in an original fabric box including styrofoam  )
  • Glass (all items containing glass or glass-like materials are shipped at your own risk)
  • Hamper
  • Musical instruments ( unless in a hard case )
  • Paintings
  • Picture (framed or otherwise)
  • Porcelan
  • Pottery
  • Suitcases
  • Tiles

 

Also include:

  • goods which are insufficiently packed;
  • goods which require special handling or careful treatment (because they are e.g. particularly fragile or can only be transported upright or only lying on a certain side)

It is not enough to simply place a “Brakeable” or “Fragile” label on the box. Parcels are sorted.

 

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Collection and delivery times

     Parcels

 

  • Parcels are collected and delivered from Monday to Friday. There are no collections or deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
  • Parcels are collected between 9 am. – 6 pm. or 5 pm – 9 pm if selected.
  • Evening collection between 5 pm. - 9 pm. available only for Co. Dublin collections. An additional fee of € 10 + Vat applies.
  • Parcels are delivered between 9 am – 6 pm.

 

 

     Pallets

 

  • Pallets are collected and delivered from Monday to Friday. There are no collections and deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
  • Pallets are collected between 9 am. – 6 pm
  • Pallets are delivered between 9 am – 6 pm.

 

 

 

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Weight & size restriction

In preparing your parcels/pallets please note the following max. dimensions:  

  

 

Parcels

 

Weight 31 kg

 

Length 175 cms ( longest size )

 

Girth - Combined dimensions: 300 cm (2 x height + 2 x width + longest side) 

 

Box

 

Pallets – standard pallet size

 

Size 120 cms x 100 cms

 

Height – 200 cms

 

Weight of the single pallet cannot exceed 1 tone

 

Pallet

 

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Girth explanation

How to calculate the girth of the parcel

 

The girth is the total measurement of all the sides of your parcel. First grab a measuring tape and measure the length, width and height of your parcel and follow the formula below:

 

                  Max.  Girth – 300 cm ( 1 length + [2 x width] + [2 x height])

 

We will use the following measurements to explain how to work out the girth:

 

Example 1

 

Length 100 cm, width 50 cm and height 50 cm. To work out the girth of a parcel you simply take the longest dimensions (in this case it is the lenght (100 cm) and then you take two smallest dimensions ( in this case width 50 cm and height 50cm), and you multiply them by two ( you receive result of width 100 cm and height 100 cm). In the next step you add these three figures together. This gives you 300 cm. This is the girth of your parcel. To use this formula, it is important you always measure your parcel in centimeters (cm).

 

Example 2

 

Length 40 cm, width 50 cm and height 80 cm. To work out the girth of a parcel you simply take the longest dimensions (in this case it is the height (80 cm) and then you take two smallest dimensions ( in this case lenght 40 cm and width 50cm), and you multiply them by two ( you receive result of width 80 cm and height 100 cm). In the next step you add these three figures together. This gives you 260 cm. This is the girth of your parcel. To use this formula, it is important you always measure your parcel in centimeters (cm).

 

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Insurance

Parcels

 

All shown prices include Transit Liability cover of  up to € 15 per kg for loss or damage, up to a maximum of 31 kg per parcel.

 

ParcelsWorld does not offer extended Transit Liability on Europe Service.

 

ParcelsWorld offers liability cover up to €5000 on request on domestic service only. Additional fee of €6 applies.

 

Pallets

 

All shown prices include Transit Liability cover of  up to € 2,5 per kg for loss or damage.

 

ParcelsWorld does not offer extended Transit Liability on pallet service.

 

 

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