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SHIPPING & TRANSPORTATION - EXPRESS DELIVERY FIRMS ARE STILL THE QUICKEST WAY TO SEND BUSINESS DOCUMENTS

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IF YOU need to deliver a parcel, goods, or documents directly to your business partners as fast as possible, express delivery service firms still belong to the most comfortable ways of doing it. As well as providing standard services, they are often able to tailor deliveries according to client's needs.

IF YOU need to deliver a parcel, goods, or documents directly to your business partners as fast as possible, express delivery service firms still belong to the most comfortable ways of doing it. As well as providing standard services, they are often able to tailor deliveries according to client's needs.

Most express delivery firms now guarantee delivery within the European Union by the following day as a standard service and some offer same day delivery, though delivery times vary when sending a consignment outside the EU.

Courier firms usually provide insurance as a part of their services or as an additional service.

Express delivery firms most often ship documents that need to be urgently in the hands of recipients, but also get a lot of orders for other types of consignments.

TNT Express, for example, frequently delivers parcels up to 30 kilogrammes, as well as palette deliveries. The Slovak Parcel Service, which is an authorized service contractor for UPS, sometimes transports spare parts and samples of products. FedEx, which focusses on international express air shipments, transports parcels up to 100 kilograms.

All the express delivery firms agree that it is possible to ship almost anything quickly. However, there are some limitations. They usually do not ship dangerous or band goods as defined in various national and international regulations.

"DHL does not freight dangerous objects and combustibles, guns and their parts, cash, securities, gold and silver objects, illegal material, drugs, pornography, human remains, and animals. We also do not accept objects if their import is banned in countries of delivery," Katarína Frcová, marketing manger of DHL Express in Slovakia told The Slovak Spectator.

Pavel Žarnovičan, trade director of the Slovak Parcel Service, added that, in terms of international delivery, the company also bans or limits alcohol, unaccompanied luggage, leather of non-domestic animals, furs, plants and seeds, tobacco and tobacco products, and goods of a particular value.

Ivana Kováčiková, marketing coordinator from TNT Express added: "In general, guns, money, and precious metals belong among the banned consignments. It is a consigner's duty to inform TNT if the goods are dangerous for transport, so they can be shipped in line with international regulations."

Some dangerous goods can be shipped if the customer fulfills strict conditions.

"Dangerous goods are accepted only if the shipment complies with international regulations and our requirements. And each "dangerous goods" consignment is charged additional fees," Kovačíková said.

There might also be limitations concerning a consignment's size. For example, FedEx ships consignments up to 1,000 kilogrammes per one euro-palette and parcels for Slovak Parcel Service must be up to 70 kilogrammes per one parcel.

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