Looking for a Shipping Service? 4 Mistakes to Avoid

by | Nov 21, 2016 | Transportation and Logistics

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Sending over a parcel can cost you an arm and a leg—and more. That is, if you don’t look around for better options. If you don’t want to spend more than you have to, here are some mistakes you’ll want to avoid when you shop around for a courier service:

Going for the first one you find

That might seem convenient, especially if you’re in a terrible hurry and you need to send over that package the soonest possible. However, by grabbing the first offer you see, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Shop around instead. It might take you a bit longer but the cost-savings you’ll get will more than make up for those extra hours in the end.

Not checking the restrictions

Always check for size and weight restrictions before you opt for a courier service. If you don’t, your package might get returned or damaged along the way. You’ll also have to spring for any additional charges and fees if yours cross over certain weight requirements.

Not asking about hidden charges

Low-cost options are great. But make sure those cost-savings aren’t just clickbait. Ask about any other fees or charges. Sometimes low rates turn into standard ones when you add in tax charges and other fees. That’s hardly the bargain you want. So don’t be too quick in believing those offers. Ask around first to see if it’s too good to be real or not.

Not looking at the approved list

A number of shipping companies have a list of items they can handle and ship. So best take a long look at that list to see if yours fit in or if you need to go elsewhere else. If you’ve got different types of deliveries to ship, you’ll want to go for a shipping service that can handle all of them so you can get all your shipping needs from one place.

So do yourself a favor: avoid these mistakes the next time you shop for a shipping service.

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