Common Questions About Courier Jobs

07 Aug 2018 19:57

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There are a number of frequently asked questions about typical courier tasks. Here, we've attempted to answer a couple of; recall though that the answers may vary, depending upon your individual state or country.

What's the difference between a courier and a cargo company?

That's a good question and at times the lines between the two may be a little blurred.

Typically, the former specialize in point-to-point state collection and shipping. By contrast, cargo companies may operate collection, consolidation, haulage, unloading and re-distribution services. Of course, a few haulage may demand a single complete load also going point-to-point and some delivery drivers may transship. It's also often (although not always) the case that the former specialize in smaller parcels taken via van, motorcycle or perhaps bicycle - perhaps with air transport in between. You will not often hear a motorcycle delivery man describing themselves as cargo haulage specialists or a trucker saying that they do courier jobs!

Do the courier guy get international couriers?

Yes, absolutely, however that may mean slightly different things depending upon where you are. Some companies may offer international delivery solutions that involve a fast motorcycle to the airport, airfreight then a fast bike at the other end collecting the parcel for shipping.

From time to time, when the consignment is of sufficient value to make it cost-effective to do so, it might be accompanied door-to-door all the way - even around the world. Where companies are near an international boundary, cross-border door-to-door accompanied courier jobs may be much more commonplace than they are in, say, areas of the central USA.

Are there certain types of goods that won't be carried?

In theory, you can send just about anything from anywhere to anywhere, except where national or state laws prohibit it. In practice, some delivery companies may have strict policies that prohibit the carriage of dangerous materials, weapons, live animals and so forth. Some may also refuse to carry materials they regard as being offensive - e.g. possibly tobacco, alcohol or adult material etc..

Why is special packaging sometimes required?

This is a tricky and sometimes controversial issue but it has its origins in logic. Many courier jobs have got into problems (spoilages, losses etc) due to the shipper utilizing inferior and inappropriate packing or packaging materials. A related problem sometimes arises due to a shipper failing to accurately declare the measurements of the object they're shipping.

These types of problems (and others like them) may cause acute difficulties not only in terms of safety but also in handling. Examples include vans arriving only to discover that the object is too long to fit safely indoors, or cartons used that are so tiny that they are easily lost if transshipment is called for at a depot handling center. To try and eliminate at least a few of these, some companies may insist that clients use standard packing cartons.

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