How to Send Parcels by Sea

by Mark Spowart
Sending your parcels abroad by sea will take longer, but will also save you money.

Sending your parcels abroad by sea will take longer, but will also save you money.

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.

Items you will need

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

About the Author

Since 2002 Mark Spowart has been working as a freelance writer and photographer in London, Canada. He has publication credits for writing and/or photography in Canada, The United States, Europe and Norway, with such titles as "The Globe & Mail," "The National Post," Canada News Wire, Sun Media and "Business Edge" magazine.

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