How to Send Parcels by Sea

Written by mark spowart | 13/05/2017
How to Send Parcels by Sea
Sending your parcels abroad by sea will take longer, but will also save you money. (ship image by Terry Duchene from

If you need to send parcels to Europe or other parts of the globe and you have time on your side, then you may want to consider sending them by sea. At one point in time shipping parcels by sea was the only alternative. Today, businesses and individuals have the choice between sending items via air or by sea. Air is obviously quicker and as a result more expensive. Sending your parcel by sea will take longer, but will save you money.

Contact the carrier and obtain their requirements for shipping parcels. There may be size or weight restrictions for each parcel. Be prepared to also identify the contents of the box you are shipping.

Insert the items you are shipping into appropriate sized boxes and fill them with foam peanuts, bubble wrap or other material that will help in protecting the contents of the box.

Tape the box as per the directions from the shipping company. The box should be completely sealed.

Print the address on the top and side of the box and anywhere else the shipping company suggests. If the items are breakable, you should write "Handle with care" on the outside of the box.

Deliver the box to the office of the shipping company. Complete the necessary paperwork. Pay the fee to ship your item. Keep the receipt so you can check on the progress of your parcel.

Things you need

  • Sturdy box
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam peanuts

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