Sending a parcel to your family member or close friend, who lives thousands of miles from you, is a responsible and serious decision. Whether you wish to congratulate your loved one on a special occasion or just want to surprise someone by sending a package, the first thing you will be concerned with is safe and timely delivery of your parcel. This is especially true, if you plan to congratulate your close person on a specific occasion and expect the parcel to be delivered right on time. In these situations, no excuses sound trustworthy, so just send the parcel you have prepared in advance, taking into account the recommendations provided below.
Packaging is the very first thing that contributes to the safety of your parcel delivery. This especially makes sense, when you plan to send something valuable, fragile or expensive. To prevent all kinds of misunderstandings as well as loss or damage of the items you plan to send, you should obligatory take care of the packaging issue (unless you deal with a professional delivery company, of course). To protect the things in the parcel from damage, it is recommended to place them into cardboard boxes filled with foam plastic. Do not forget to additionally put an item into the bubble wrap to increase its safety. The better you pack the items in the parcel – the more chances you will have to protect it from damage.
Each postal service has its own rules that concern the allowed and prohibited items, which can be sent in any parcel. This is especially important if you plan to send the package to another country, where it will be checked several times during the shipment process. The fact is, by the way, that the majority of foreign countries (especially European ones) have strict regulations and rules as to the prohibited substances and articles that can be sent in a parcel, so you are bound to be aware of them in advance. If you are not sure about some of the items you plan to send, then you can always ask for the lists of allowed and prohibited things from a postal service you plan to deal with.
When sending any local or international parcel, you will be required to fill out a special custom form that will be further attached to your parcel. In this document (or documents) you will enlist the things contained in the parcel you are going to send and declare their value. These data will affect the cost of the parcel and they may also be needed for a person, who will receive it to know the content.