Timed Delivery Service

Why you should use Timed & Special shipping

5th July 2022, 3:03pm in Shipping Advice by Amy Newham

Have you considered booking a Timed delivery service if your shipment is urgent? Our Timed & Special UK Delivery offer you the fastest overnight shipping services available. We also provide courier weekend delivery so your package can reach the receiver on a Saturday or Sunday morning!

What is Timed Delivery?

UK Time Definite Delivery is perfect for sending urgent items like time-sensitive consignments or premium goods. It allows you to receive and deliver packages at a time to suit you and your recipient, unlike many standard delivery services. We offer a range of Collection and Drop Off Timed courier services to suit your lifestyle and budget.

What are the benefits of Timed & Special delivery for…

Individual senders?

Speedy delivery

Timed delivery is perfect for an urgent shipment as the carrier will aim to deliver the parcel the next day after the package has been collected – with the bonus of a preferred timeslot. Convenient if you need to send a gift to a friend in time for a weekend getaway!

Flexible shipping options

Timed Collection and Drop Off services both have their perks. If you're typically out-and-about, dropping your parcel off at a local convenience shop might be more convenient. However, if you've got multiple packages to send, a courier collection from your door saves you a lot of time (and heavy lifting!) Both types of sending are designed to suit your schedule, especially with weekend delivery available too!

Discounted courier rates

Timed & Special shipping may not be as expensive as you think! You can book a Timed Delivery for as little as £8.70 exc VAT. All Timed services come with £25 transit cover for free as standard and can be tracked online or via our transit notifications.


Hand over parcel to customer

You can give the recipient a timeframe

With Timed Delivery, your customer doesn't have to wait at home or work all day for delivery. Knowing their parcel will arrive in a specific timeframe, like a morning slot, can improve your level of customer satisfaction and brand reputation.

Shorter transit times

You won't have to wait to send a time-sensitive package, like an important document or a replacement, because Timed shipping is fast and reliable. Equally, if the buyer wants an item quickly, they will be willing to pay a little bit more, so it's a good idea to offer fast overnight services.

Appeal to more customers

Not everyone is home during the weekday to accept parcels, so offering weekend services means your customer doesn't have to take time off to take in an important delivery. Offering a special delivery courier service, especially if you're an online store, helps build trust with your buyers because it shows you care about your products and ease of transport.

What Timed services do you offer?

We offer a variety of Timed cheap parcel delivery services from the best courier companies worldwide. Below are some examples of the UK Timed & Special services we offer:

By 9: Next day delivery by 9 am across most of the UK mainland

If you require your parcel to be delivered bright and early, a 9 am delivery service is a good choice. The Parcelforce 9 Drop Off service allows you to drop off your package at your local Post Office or Parcelforce depot. Price starts from £17.95 exc VAT.

By 9:30: Next day delivery by 9:30 am across most of the UK mainland

Perfect for large, heavy or awkward-shaped parcels, Tuffnells By 9:30 will collect from a home or business address and deliver by 9:30 am across most of UK mainland. From £61.95 exc VAT.

By 10: Next day delivery by 10 am across most of the UK mainland

The APC Mail Pack By 10 service is suitable for small documents and packages up to 1kg, ideal for travel documents or clothing. Items must be placed into an A4 size APC bag the driver will bring. Send from £13.40 exc VAT.

By 10:30: Next day delivery by 10:30 am across most of the UK mainland

For parcels up to 20kg, DHL Next Day By 10:30 Drop Off will ship by 10:30 across most of UK. You will need to drop off your package at your local DHL service point. From £15.60 exc VAT.

By 12: Next day delivery by 12 pm across most of the UK mainland

If you require a quick parcel collection, DPD Local by 12 will send your time-sensitive consignment by 12 pm. Only from £14.25 exc VAT.

AM: Next day AM delivery by noon across most of the UK mainland

Parcelforce Express AM offers printer-free overnight delivery to most of the UK mainland by noon. Your local driver will bring the labels when they collect the package from your doorstep. Send from £11.15 exc VAT.

Courier services for weekend deliveries

Timed parcel delivery services

Next-day weekend delivery used to be unheard of! Now, many great Saturday and Sunday courier services are available so your parcel can reach the recipient over the weekend.


If you require a flexible weekend delivery, book a DHL Saturday by 9 service. A friendly weekend delivery driver will collect your parcel on Friday for delivery on Saturday by 9am. From £24.40 exc VAT.


Sunday services are perfect for last-minute presents, especially during UK holidays. With DPD UK Sunday Drop Off, your parcel must be dropped in at one of many local convenience stores on Friday by 11 am for delivery on Sunday. From £22.90 exc VAT.

Please note: Transit times begin once your parcel has been collected from your chosen collection or drop-off address, which may not be the same day if the driver has already visited.

If your parcel is really urgent, don't forget we also offer a range of discounted Same Day shipping services with CitySprint.

Do you offer timed international services?

We offer timed shipping services to certain countries with TNT Express. You can view the services available using our online quote tool. Simply type in the parcel details and destination country for live quotes.

How to book a Timed delivery service with Interparcel

Think booking a Timed or Special service is extra work? Wrong! Like any other service on offer through Interparcel, you can book in a few simple steps:

  • Click on 'Get a Quote'
  • Type in your parcel measurements, weight, collection and destination country
  • We will generate a list of quotes for you to select from
  • View the Timed Delivery options available, choose your preferred service and fill in the rest of the details in minutes
  • Sit back, relax and wait for your friendly delivery driver to collect your parcel or drop it off at your local store

Our Shipping Manager can also help you organise, fulfil and send orders from multiple couriers all in one place! Our Shipping Manager can integrate with various eCommerce platforms, providing your business with a streamlined tool for your parcel sending needs. Interparcel users can benefit from:

Choose a convenient and cost-effective Timed shipping service by booking with Interparcel today!

Our parcel experts are also available seven days a week if you need assistance. Get in touch via live chat, email and telephone!

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