Sending valuable items by courier

Sending valuable items by courier

25th July 2019, 4:04pm in Shipping Advice by Sarah Loosemore

At Interparcel we are able to offer some of the cheapest and fastest parcel delivery rates in the UK so If you're looking for a secure, reliable, & easy parcel delivery service to send your expensive goods, then look no further than Interparcel, we have so many to choose from!

Interparcel are trusted to send out thousands of parcels every day for businesses, online retailers and individuals. Amongst the parcels we send, there are thousands of high value items sent securely on a daily basis using our courier services, so we can definitely take care of yours.

If you need to send valuable items whether they're destined for within the UK, or overseas, we offer a range of services ready to book online. There are however, some common limits, restrictions and dedicated services for some items, which I'll discuss below.

Our guide is designed to help you understand the ins and outs of using our services to find the right service for your high-value items.

Prohibited items

First of all, make sure we can send your item and that it's not Prohibited from our services or that we have any restrictions in place. Prohibited items are such that they are prohibited from transportation through our services. We have a full list of Prohibited & Restricted items on our website and a few examples for higher value items which cannot be sent are listed below:

  • Gold / silver / jewellery including watches over £250
  • Articles of exceptional value (e.g. works of art, antiques, diamonds, precious stones, gold and silver) over £250
  • The currency of any country which remains a legal tender at the time of sending
  • Mobile phones with sim cards
  • Plasma Screens of all sizes

Restricted items

Restricted Items are items which are deemed as unsuitable for shipment through our services. These items can be sent, but they would be at your own risk and would only be covered for Loss with our Transit cover, even if additional cover is purchased. A full list is again listed under the shared page of Prohibited & Restricted but includes:

  • Furniture (unless flat packed)
  • Crystal, glass or mirrored items
  • Computers & Laptops
  • Televisions

What if my item is not listed on the Prohibited & Restricted list?

In most cases, this will mean that you can send your item using a courier service. Just ensure that you thoroughly check the list, including the restricted items section.

Keep in mind that some more generic phrases are often used to detail a variety of products. For example, the term 'jewellery' can include necklaces, bracelets, rings, cufflinks etc, so make sure you really check the list thoroughly.

Protecting your precious parcels

Choosing the right service when sending high-value goods can be stressful, but we try and make it as easy as possible for you.

So you've established we can send the type of item that you want to post. Before selecting the service, just be mindful that you cover the item in full with our Transit cover. This is especially important when sending expensive items. Whilst we do all we can to ensure that your valuable parcel is transported as smoothly as possible, even the most trustworthy of couriers can encounter parcel loss or damage during transit and how would you feel if you lost the full value of the goods?

Every service we offer has a different amount of free Transit Cover included as standard, so be sure to check that against the price and then to top up to the full value if needed. Our Enhanced cover is only a small amount extra and will give you piece of mind that you can recover the amount in the rare event of an issue in transit.

Fragile parcel

Sending furniture with a courier

At Interparcel, we ship alot of furniture shipments and these often fall into the high-value category. Some businesses and individuals choose to send furniture using one of our parcel delivery services as it can be a quick and more cost-effective way to deliver furniture from door to door.

Whilst our couriers are able to deliver furniture, it must be flat packed to travel with full Transit cover through our services. This is because freestanding furniture is not suitable for the courier network and more prone to being damaged.

All furniture must be boxed and well packaged inside so that it is fully protected and cannot move within the box.

We do offer further guidance on how to package and weigh your parcels, please see our handy parcel guide on the Do's and Don't of how to pack your parcel.

You may also want to consider a Same Day service or maybe a pallet delivery if this is more suitable for your item than a parcel delivery service. Packaging is key whatever service you book. We have a separate page on Packaging A Pallet too.

Furniture delivery

Sending jewellery with a courier

Jewellery is one of the most bought and sold products on online marketplaces such as eBay, Etsy and Amazon. Due to the limited weight and size of most jewellery, it can be relatively cheap to ship within the UK or internationally, but it's so important to get the right service.

As with many other courier companies or brokers, with Interparcel, jewellery or watches which are valued over £250 will not be valid for transit cover and other guarantees. This includes any items made from gold, silver, and precious stones which are worth over £250.

The main reason why jewellery or watches with a value above £250 are not covered is because they can often lead to excessive claims. It can be delicate and more expensive, especially if it's a designer brand or made from precious materials. This also places it at a higher risk of being lost or damaged.

Jewellery delivery

Sending valuable items internationally

If you need to send a high-value item abroad, whether it's to a European or international destination, the courier process is handled similarly to deliveries within the UK.

The main difference is when you're sending a parcel to any countries outside of the European Union. In such cases, you'll be required to fill in a customs invoice. On the invoice, you'll need to offer an accurate description of your parcel's contents and its overall value.

It's important that you fully understand the customs process and check that your item is not prohibited from being imported into the country you're shipping to. You'll want to see what duties and taxes apply to your jewellery and prevent any potential issues at customs.

You can read our customs advice for further help and guidance.

You'll want to know when it arrives as soon as possible, right?

With every parcel you send, but particularly with a high value item you'll be keen to know it arrives safely! Why not add a text option so we can notify you as soon as it's out for delivery and or delivered. This is available as a value add on for as little as 20p for each notification.

If you're still unsure how to send your valuable item, please do get in touch with us, we're used to all the couriers and services we have so we can quickly help you decide the best service to book. That's what we're here for!.

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