Cheapest way of sending a parcel from Ireland to the UK?

Hello all,

Halloween came and went, and the shops are ramping up for their busy Christmas season.

This means the shopping season has well and  truly started, but do you know what will be the cheapest way of sending a parcel from Ireland to the UK?

Let me share my findings, saving you time( and most definitely money) as I had to do this exercise myself,  for a box of of Lyons Tea bags I sold on Ebay.

The box measures : 23 cms * 17 cms * 12 cms and weighs 700 grammes.

Company Price Notes Specifics
www.Anpost.ie 22.50 Any Post office http://www.anpost.ie/AnPost/PostalRates/Standard+Post.htm
www.parcelmotel.com 15.50 Any Parcel Motel www.parcelmotel.com/prices/
www.parcelconnect.ie/ 19.95-

21.95

Collect from home or drop off at various locations https://www.parcelconnect.ie/pricing/
https://gls-group.eu/ 16.50 GLS Parcelshop https://gls-group.eu/IE/en/parcel-shops/parcel-shop-prices
www.citypost.ie 11.95 Pick up https://www.citypost.ie/parcel_delivery.php

And the winner is …. Citypost!!

Having done this exercise, it was a pity my box was 23 cms high, so it’s falls into  the package class with An Post.  If it had been a bit smaller, it would have been classed as a parcel, and then it would have only cost 9 Euros. Details of measurements for An Post here. For all the other options, it’s important to note that payment and scheduling is on-line, so you need to plan a little bit, but it will be well worth the effort. 

I have  included the specific shipping conditions to each provider, noting that the majority of them don’t accept liquids. A liquid is not just “water” it can also be a  perfume, creams and gels, so double check what their conditions of carriage are internationally.

As an anecdote, I once had a blooming little business selling Nivea products on EBAY, and I was starting to get orders from Israel, the USA and as far as Australia. My then postmaster ( bless him – he has passed on) was very supportive of my little trade, but as the international orders require a CN22 label, I had to specify what I was sending.. Suffice it to say it was the end of my lucrative little business:)

Aviation Security Label An Post
Aviation Security Label An Post

 

There are other carriers, such as DHL, TNT, UPS, however those were all more expensive, so I didn’t include them.

Would love to hear if there are other solutions out there, please share them!

Sunnny greetings from Galway,

Katleen

Katleenbb

Mum, blogger, Belgian, linguist, living in Ireland since 1993. I take a keen interest in business,small business and technology, how it creates jobs opportunities in Ireland. This blog is about following the trends in job creation, where those jobs are advertised, and what's involved to make Ireland( like myself) your new home. I am based in the West of Ireland. Twitter: @ecotreasure FB: workinglivingtravellinginireland

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