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Clothes are one of the most popular items sold online and therefore we see large amounts of them being shipped via courier. Why not make the most of our cheap shipping rates to send your clothing to customers? Clothes aren't just sold online, many of us purchase them as gifts for friends or family, or send on old kids clothes that are now too small or used items to relatives to make use of. Our shipping calculator will help you figure what courier is best, based on how much you have to spend and how urgent your package is.
Find the cheapest way to send clothes by courier
If you are wondering how to send boxes of clothes and how much it may cost to do so, then the Parcel Monkey shipping calculator is a great place to find a courier to handle your box of clothes. Clothing is one of the most common items sent by our customers as often the clothes are packaged in a large box and can be quite heavy.
When boxes are heavy, the price can be higher, so being able to compare a range of couriers all in one place will help you get access to cheap courier services and better prices for shipping clothing.
We offer some of the cheapest courier services for shipping large items for when you have a big box of clothes to post in the US to another state, or overseas.
Sending your clothes: How to package them.
We always advise to use a box and ideally double box any item you wish to ship as when sending any items as it offers that extra level of protection when the box moves through the courier network. A plastic bag can easily get torn or ripped, so package your clothing in a plastic bag or jiffy and then put inside a box. You can buy jiffy bags of all sizes to meet your needs like clothes, of course, come in all shapes and sizes. Don’t ever overfill a bag as it could split, which won’t leave a good impression at the delivery address.
Orders that contain baby clothes are very common as they are often being sent to other family members as kids grow out of their clothes so quickly, so you will want them to arrive in clean and perfect condition.
It’s more likely that if you are using a courier service booked with Parcel Monkey to ship your clothing, that you will be sending items in heavy bulk loads and therefore a strong and sturdy box will be required. If using an old box, make sure all labels are removed so as not to cause any confusion for the couriers.
Suitcases are not really suitable for courier services as the handles and wheels can cause issues and overfilled cases can split and be damaged in transit. The other issue is shipping labels and customs documents coming detached and then the suitcase can easily be lost.
For these reasons and due to additional charges raised by couriers - we have placed suitcases on our prohibited items list for UPS and DPD services. They can only be sent if they are inside a box.
If you do use a suitcase, it may be deemed unsuitable packaging and therefore Parcel Monkey or our courier partner will not be liable for loss or damage so if you send a suitcase it will be done on a no-compensation basis.
Personal belongings that are actually prohibited items such as aerosols, liquids, batteries, and food will see the box held or returned to the sender.
Shipping clothes that have been sold online.
Vintage clothes are hugely popular items often being sold on eBay or via the various other online marketplaces. Whenever you buy goods online it is great to be able to track them to delivery as you can see when they have been shipped and when they are set to arrive. In the world of online selling being able to track your item is essential and shows you are using a reliable service to move your sold items. You can also provide the full tracking details to the recipient so they can monitor the delivery too.
You will want the clothes you are shipping to arrive in presentable condition, especially if they are branded or higher value, so fold them before you package them up, which will also mean you can use a smaller box which could save you money on shipping costs.
You can add protection cover to your order when you book a courier service with Parcel Monkey if your items are expensive such as ski boots, trainers or wedding dresses.
When you are thinking about how best to ship clothes you have sold consider these points;
Offer cheap post rates for clothing:
Expensive Post & Packaging is one of the biggest reasons for abandoned online shopping carts so it pays to use a shipping calculator to find the best deals around from the biggest carriers for your specific parcel. Also, don’t try and profit from your postage costs, being transparent will generate you more sales as people generally know the cost of shipping a box. If you make use of our DHL eCommerce shipping service you can access affordable global shipping. We have a range of ePacket shipping services ideal for lightweight packages that are not urgent.
Offer the buyer a choice of delivery:
It is always nice to offer a choice of delivery service, some customers may be willing to pay a little extra to get the item delivered quickly whereas there may be some who would rather wait a little longer and pay less. Parcel Monkey can offer a range of courier services to match every time frame and every budget.
Can you afford to offer free postage for your clothing items?
Customers love free postage, it can be a huge part of them choosing you over a competitor if you are in a position to get access to low-cost parcel delivery. Having access to cheaper delivery will increase the likelihood of a sale and would be very attractive to a buyer and will minimize your abandoned cart rate. You can mark up the price of your clothing to cover some of the cost or even if you just offer free post and packaging for a short period it may push the consumer to buy sooner and enjoy a free delivery of any clothes or shoes they are buying from you.
How much will it cost to send clothes overseas?
There are always some key factors to consider when sending any package internationally-
Where are you shipping from? Our global shipping marketplace allows you to have a box collected from your home or work address from almost any destination around the world, to then be delivered anywhere around the world.
How quickly does it need to arrive? Some customers want an expedited courier service to ensure the items they have bought arrive as soon as possible. Others may want a free delivery service, choose a more economical service and may be happy to wait longer for the package to be shipped to them which is where more cost-effective, economy delivery services can also be booked to keep your business costs down like TrakPak.
How heavy or large is your item? Carriers charge generally based on the volumetric weight of the package so if you are sending a big or bulky box the price will be more than a small packet. We work closely with the couriers on our shipping comparison site to find you the best shipping prices no matter the size of your item.
To get the price for your item, simply put your package details accurately into our shipping calculator and choose from our range of courier services for international delivery. When shipping overseas, check if there are any restrictions on used clothes and have a read of the Customs Advice we offer to make sure you complete all the relevant Customs Documents.
Customs Regulations for sending shoes and clothing
If you need to ship a package containing clothing internationally, you may need to provide customs documents. Parcel Monkey collect all the information required and then provide the customs documents in the booking process. It is the shipper's responsibility to declare the contents of the box correctly and to check up on whether the goods are prohibited as some countries have customs issues with used clothing so be sure to double check before you send clothes.
Be wary of any restrictions on sending clothing abroad. We've established that the Argentinian customs authorities restrict the importation of clothing and Antigua won't allow you to import camouflage clothing. Sending clothes to Africa can be troublesome so be especially cautious and check the guidelines provided by the countries customs websites.
As well as double checking the destinations restrictions before you ship any boxes that contain clothes make sure you list exactly what clothing your box contains and give the customs department a clear overview by listing the type of item, the color and how many of them there are.
Customs Documents should be attached securely on the outside of the box in a clear plastic wallet or envelope, or envelope marked 'Customs'.
Is it simple to send clothes by courier post?
We work with trusted and reliable couriers to help individuals and businesses keep the cost of shipping down. Choose to have your goods collected from a home or work address or to drop it off at a local Post Office. It is very simple to place an order, then print out the shipping labels and attach them to your box ready to ship to a country or to the other side of the world.
If you are wondering how to send clothes from the Post Office choose one of our USPS services. They have 31,000 locations you can drop into and can help you send to another state or overseas using the international Priority Mail service.