A step-by-step guide to shipping your excess baggage

Can’t seem to get your suitcase to close while packing? 1st Contact Shipping can safely get your goods to where they need to be. Whether you’re looking to avoid excess baggage fees, or would rather not have the hassle of travelling with all your belongings, we provide an easy way to transport your baggage internationally.

Full suitcase

Step 1: Choose how you want to send your goods

You can choose between sea and airfreight, depending on your timeline, destination and budget. If you’re shipping your baggage within Europe, our road trailer service will have your items delivered in approximately 10 – 14 days.

Step 2: Get a free quote

Visit our website or give us a call and we’ll email you a quotation within minutes.

All we need from you are the following details:

  • Where you are located
  • Where you want your goods to be delivered
  • Your preferred date of pick-up
  • The approximate size of your parcel
  • Whether or not your goods are fragile

Sea and road freight charges are based on the overall volume of goods for shipment. To calculate this, we multiply the length, breadth and height in feet. For example, a suitcase measuring 3ft x 2.5ft x 2ft = 15 cubic feet.

Airfreight charges are based on the weight of your package, measured in kilograms. As strange as it may sound, to calculate this airlines multiply the length, breadth and height (in centimetres) of your parcel and divide that number by 6,000.

Step 3: Choose your size

Our standard cartons range from 1 to 11 cubic feet – small enough for a framed picture and large enough for a bicycle. As cartons are free, we advise that you order more than you think you need; this will help you to avoid an extra delivery fee if you run out.

We can also construct ply cases to specific dimensions, to transport irregularly shaped or fragile items.

Step 4: Payment and getting your parcel ready for collection

We offer a free next day delivery/collection service within Greater London, while parcels outside this area require 48 hours’ notice. Payment can be made in cash to the driver in London and by debit/credit card or cheque in all other areas.

Step 5: Keep track of your parcels

Log in to our tracking tool and you’ll be able to monitor the location and status of your consignment. You’ll find shipment details including the vessel or flight transporting your items, container number or waybill number, estimated arrival date and contact details of a local representative.

Step 6: You’re reunited!

When your items arrive at the destination port or airport, our local agent will contact you to handle customs and quarantine formalities. Prepaid customers will arrange a suitable date for delivery kerbside.

Need help sending your goods back home? 1st Contact Shipping offers fast, safe and cheap international shipping to over 85 countries. Request your quote here.