Did you know that a middle aged person in our region uses courier services at least five to six times in his life! There actually come those times in our lives when we are tied to consignments. This could be gifts that we would love to surprise our dear ones or stock of goods that are urgently needed in the next station for next production or face law suits and huge losses or just personal effects that we left behind and vice versa, and cannot imagine doing without. Whichever the case, we must shop for a reliable service provider, but before that there are also other courier codes worth knowing.
Having an item to send within a short time can prove to be a challenge, but not so much when you have resources and the knowhow on how to make a safe delivery. There are two important things that one should note before storming a courier office with the items or before making that phone call.
First and foremost, one should be well informed on the items that can be sent from those that are prohibited by the law of the land and those others that the various companies cannot just stand because of their various reasons. Normally what not to send and what to are obvious, this tends to involve a lot of commonsense and humane values. Some of the things that are criminal to send are:-
Firstly, Drugs and Firearms. This are items that are banned by the government because they are health hazards to the society. They increase insecurity, and as a result thousands of lives lost with huge numbers rendered homeless and hungry.
Secondly, obscene materials which affects the youths most resulting to a depraved society that if not tamed create a cycle of a corrupted generation with no virtues.
Thirdly, Any material with obscene writing or design that creates factions that is a threat to other persons is not allowed. This also includes forged stampages and copyrights.
Finally, any living creature apart from bees, leeches, and silk worms, parasites or destroyers for noxious insects, and animal trophies which will require a special means.
Today there are items that you will still not be allowed to send, is it because that they are illegal? Not at all! Company managements vary from one to the other, and to be fore warned is to be fore armed. Some of the items that you may not be allowed to send include:-
● Expensive jewelry and money. These are vulnerable items and special arrangement has to be made that comes with insurance from the consignor.
● Explosives. This includes Gas cylinders and car batteries that can spark and put everyone and everything at risk resulting into a greater loss.
● Liquids including prescribed medicinal, wet paints also can be a snare and therefore avoided as plague. The worry is if something goes wrong like linkage the consequences could be dire.
● Electronics. There are electronics that will pass, but not all in spite of cautioning acquired with the item upon purchase. This normally vary with the size, the bigger and wider the harder it becomes because insurance also come into play not forgetting the technology used on the gadget.
Normally risk behind sending such items is transferred to the sender and not the company making the cost of sending this items quite high, and at times impossible.
Finally, after knowing what to send and having the cost set aside specifically, there is another equally important task that we must ensure, and this is proper packaging. Failure to plan for the packaging can be expensive upon sending and in the long run when we have to buy spare parts especially when we are dealing with machines and electronic gadgets.
We are normally misinformed, and assume that the delivery man will help us out only for our bubbles to be busted time and again. Yes there are times when the service providers have actually assisted stuck clients, but it won’t be every time. It is therefore important to stock necessary accessories for packing especially if you are a frequently sender.
With proper planning and packaging we can at least insure out parcels reach their destinations properly instead of throwing them away by leaving our consignments not well wrapped and labeled, but the question is, `will the clerks spare you?’ It is true that once you are in agreement to leave your luggage or property behind, the goods under custody cease to be yours until certain conditions are met again. These are some of the steps to help you when doing your package.
a Read carefully on handling instructions i.e. which side up, shouldn’t be shaken, something shouldn’t be placed on the top lead or any other repackaging and transport assistances.
b If you have to pack or repack it into another carton do not use a recycled one. This affects the labeling and also weakens its strength.
c If it is assorted stuff that one is sending probably shopping then all items should be packed separately into small polythene or boxes before they are starched into the main cotton o avoid food poisoning.
For electronics, They can only be sent on their original package that has its origin cautioning if not then thorough cautioning must be improvised. Some of the items that come in handy are sit cautions, shredded papers, the very cottons and clothing.
It is also important to note that the carton should not have loose items dangling inside.
d Then get a thick sealing tape and use it to seal again the top and thereafter write the addresses clearly on the top not forgetting the top side depending on the nature of the consignment.
e If you have been allowed to take in any liquid, ensure that they are tightly closed and the seal not tampered with.
f Bulky household items like refrigerator should also be wrapped well to avoid scratches and ferried uprightly as possible.
If item is bulky and cannot fit into a Catton, then a suck should do, while if it cannot fit then it should be woven on it and labeled.
So next time you need to send an item regardless of size, fragility and deadline you should know better, lest you want to spend more!