Courier Services

1 April 2022 – 3 Minute Read

How much is a courier service?

If you hire a small van with one pallet or equivalent, expect to pay a minimum of £50 , or around £0.90 per loaded mile . For a larger load needing a bigger van that can take around 3-4 pallets, expect to pay at least £65 . This is based on a same-day delivery service. You can find a reputable courier service in your local area using . Courier charges are generally worked out by the distance involved in delivering the parcel, as well as parcel weight and size.

How do I book a courier service?

Select a suitable courier service by looking at and find a company in your local area that offers the delivery services you need. By giving your parcel size and weight details, the company should be able to offer you a quote for their services. You can then liaise with them to arrange a pick-up and drop-off location, and any compensation or insurance cover (depending on the content of your parcel and its value). Many courier services usually email pre-paid labels that you affix to the parcel you are sending so it is ready for collection.

How does a pet courier service work?

Pet couriers relocate your animals when you move home or when you want to collect a rescue animal that may have special transport needs due to a previous stressful experience that causes them anxiety. When you move home, a pet courier will keep your pets secure and safe throughout the relocation, and are able to board your pet to give you additional time. Pet couriers can also transport other animals, like fish from one pond to another, when you move house.

How do you choose a courier service?

You can find a reputable courier service that operates in your local area and beyond using . There are a few considerations to keep in mind when selecting a courier service, including the speed of their delivery, pricing and your budget, their customer service, whether they provide proof of delivery, insurance and compensation should an item become damaged in transit, and their cost to value ratio.

Why use a courier service?

There are many benefits to hiring a courier service. You can ensure safer delivery of a fragile parcel or valuable item that you may not want to place in the general post-. Many couriers also provide insurance or compensation for damaged items, and courier services can be more budget-friendly for larger items than if you were to send them by Royal Mail. Some courier companies also offer advice on packaging, or packaging services, so that your items are packaged correctly.

Is VAT charged on courier services?

HMRC rules on VAT can be complex and vary depending on who is delivering goods, where they are being delivered to, whether they are considered 'delivered goods', and the goods themselves. It also depends on whether the courier is registered for VAT, as some owner-driver couriers are not VAT registered, because they are sole traders. Here you can read more about understanding VAT on delivery charges .

Are your parcels insured with a courier service?

Courier companies often offer customers insurance and compensation cover, should their item become damaged in transit or lost. If the item you are shipping is valuable, investing in a higher level of insurance can ensure that you are not out of pocket should you need to make a claim and only have a minimal level of cover.