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3 Tips for printerless parcel sending

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If you don’t have a printer then the idea of sending a parcel by courier might seem like an impossible task – because even though you can quite easily write the delivery details on by hand, the parcel will need a barcode to be scanned and processed by the courier.

You’ll be pleased to hear that you CAN book a courier service which doesn’t require you to have a printer and where you won't need to queue up at the Post Office! Parcelforce and DX both offer courier delivery services where your parcel is collected and the delivery driver will provide and attach the label.

Here are 3 top tips for using a printer-free parcel delivery service.

1. Write your details on the parcel as backup

It’s a good idea to clearly write the delivery address and return address on the parcel just in case.

2. Make sure you’re available for the collection

All printer-free parcel delivery services require the parcel to be collected from your address. When booking your delivery, make sure the collection date is a day when you will be at the address, because some couriers do charge a fee for missed collections and you may have to wait until the next day for your parcel to be collected – meaning a delay on delivery.

3. Be aware of sending parcels outside the EU

Parcels sent to the UK and within Europe don’t require any additional paperwork, so nothing extra to print. However if you’re sending a parcel outside of the EU (or to the Canary Islands) then you will need a printer to print off your customs documents.

The invoice you’ll need to print is referred to as a pro-forma invoice and when you book an international delivery, My Parcel Delivery will provide this for you to complete. You must then attach 5 copies to the outside of your parcel, for the customs officers to examine when they process your parcel. For this reason, you can’t book a printer-less parcel service when sending a parcel to a country outside the EU.


Explore the range of printer-free parcel delivery services now!