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With a political landscape that is often criticised and an economy subsidised by Russia, the landlocked country of Belarus isn’t the most forward thinking nation. Most of the economy remains state controlled thanks to a push for “market socialism”, and it grows slowly. The majority of exports are from machinery, chemicals and minerals and its main trading partner is Russia. It is just a three-hour flight to cross the more than 1,000 miles from London to Belarus and the feeling of isolation in the country is something that attracts tourists to what could be classed as Eastern Europe’s outcast. Not being part of the European Union means there are some trade restrictions but it is still quick and easy to send a parcel to Belarus whatever the reason.
The capital of Minsk is easily the biggest city but other destinations used when finding courier costs to Belarus include Gomel, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Hrodna, Brest and Babruysk. Transport links aren’t up to speed with those of the UK but there are plenty of roads, railways, waterways and airports to keep the country moving and ensure that delivery services in Belarus are easy to use. There are six digits that make up postal codes in the country and the first three correspond to the region with the final three representing the post office – for example, to send an item to Brest you need to use 224000.
Being in Europe, there are usually a good selection of services and parcel delivery prices to Belarus on offer. The cheapest is MPD International Drop-Off, where you can drop your parcel off at your local Hermes ParcelShop to get delivery in 7+ days for just £23.49 including VAT. With Parcelforce Global Priority, you can send larger items with prices starting from £43.16 including VAT. UPS International Express Saver is another option for heavy parcels as you can send something up to length 270cm, weight 30kg and girth 419cm for delivery in 6 days. For the speediest parcel delivery to Belarus, look out for the MPD International Export option where for £30.68 including VAT you can get a 5-day service. [Prices correct as of 13/08/2015]