Sending a package to Ireland is easy, but it requires some preparation. Because shipping a package internationally can be more expensive and time-consuming than sending a parcel domestically, try not to ship anything at the last minute. You should also familiarise yourself with the package shipping companies in your area to make sure that you are aware of the fees associated with mailing a package to Ireland. It is possible for a package to arrive anywhere from one day to several months after you send it. The arrival time of your package is all contingent upon the way that you choose to send it.
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Things you need
- Something to send
Decide what you would like to include in your package, and package the item or items. You can put the items in a cardboard box or, if the items are small enough, you can put them in a smaller mailer or envelope. If you are mailing something fragile, package it in a delicate way that may prevent it from being broken as it travels to Ireland. Consider wrapping your item in bubble wrap or padding if you are mailing something fragile or potentially breakable.
Determine the address in Ireland to which you are sending the package. If you do not know the address, contact the recipient and ask what his or her address is. Write the recipient's address in the middle of the top of the package, and put your mailing address on the same side of the package but in the top left-hand corner.
Choose a company to ship your package. Various companies offer international package shipping services. The United States Postal Service, FedEx and UPS are popular shipping services for sending packages internationally.
Take your package to the nearest location of the shipping company that you have selected. Before you go, check the business hours of the location so that you know it is open. Some shipping companies, like UPS, will also pick up packages from you. However, if you wish to do this, you need to go to the company's website or telephone them to make sure that you have all of the required shipping materials.
Choose from a variety of shipping options offered by your shipping company. You will usually have the option of choosing from among various shipping speeds and delivery options. Each option generally costs a different fee, with the quicker shipping options often charging the highest fees. You will also be able to insure your package, if you so choose, and arrange for tracking and delivery confirmation.
Pay any fees associated with the shipping option that you chose. As your transaction is completed, you can ask for an approximate delivery date of the package in Ireland.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that you are not shipping something not allowed to be sent to Ireland. Each country has a list of items that it does not allow into its territory by mail. Check Ireland's import shipping prohibitions before you send your package.
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