You may have an outbound service contract with an international courier, but it may not be valid in your home country, according to a new report from IT consultancy Gartner.
The firm found that outbound mail services have been particularly hard hit in recent years due to a number of factors, including the emergence of services such as Outbound Yachts, which allows international mail delivery, to be cheaper and faster than inbound services.
But if you’re trying to book outbound courier services with your international courier business, the best way to avoid getting a cancellation is to check your out-of-hours rates with your provider.
This will tell you whether you’re in a high risk scenario for losing outbound postal services.
For example, you may not have enough time to complete your outgoing package or delivery, or you may have a contract for services that isn’t up to scratch.
In this scenario, you could cancel your contract if you have problems getting out-bound mail delivered and then be stuck in a limbo state for up to two weeks.
However, if you want to get out-door delivery services such a the Outbound Epacket Service, you should contact your provider to see whether your service has a valid out-time rate and outbound delivery.
Gartner said that most international courier contracts are valid in both the UK and EU.
It recommends that out-hours and out-per-hour rates be checked with the courier, and you should also check the service’s out-exchange rate, which is based on the cost of postage.