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Le Blog de Sushi: How to find a good parcel forwarding service (UK edition)

Friday, October 01, 2010

{ How to find a good parcel forwarding service (UK edition) }

Previously I wrote a post about good parcel forwarding services from the US, which can be read here. I've decided to follow it up with a UK edition as some things can be purchased for a better price or are only available from UK sites/stores.


One of the problems I ran into while wanting to purchase a Mango item from Asos is that Asos won't ship Mango items to Australia (most likely because Mango has stores here that sell the same items at a high mark up and don't want their Australian customers to purchase their goods via Asos instead).

To get around this issue and to purchase from other UK stores that don't ship to Australia, I started using the services of Briony Buys UK. I found this parcel forwarding service via the Vogue Forums, have used it several times, and can definitely recommend it. I have also rounded up a few other parcel forwarding services that I've heard others recommend.

Briony Buys UK is a small, personal parcel forwarding company based in Glasgow. Briony Buys UK is quick to answer emails, accepts PayPal and Australian Bank Deposit, offers very low fees (£5 per order plus PayPal fees if applicable), charges actual shipping costs and allows the buyer to choose which shipping method they'd prefer. Briony Buys Uk also offers an instore shopping service (so you can purchase from shops that don't have an online store) and customers are notified via email on all order updates.


My Uk Mail offers parcel and letter forwarding from you own UK postal address. Their services are based on a membership fee which includes a start up fee of £7, and then either a monthly fee of £10 for short-term users or a yearly fee of £50 (which works out to be £4.17 p/m) for long-term users. Parcels attract a £2 handling fee and customers can choose Airmail (only for parcels under 2kg in weight), Courier, Air Freight or Ocean Freight (for parcels over 100kg) as their shipping method.


UK Brands Worldwide offers 'shop & ship' parcel forwarding for stores will only take UK Credit Cards, the usual parcel forwarding service when you can purchase the item yourself and have it shipped to their address, and also offer an eBay.co.uk bidding service. Orders totaling less than £240 incur a £12 fee while orders £240 and above will be charged a fee of 5% of the total purchase fee. Customers also have to cover PayPal fees and cost of shipping, which is invoiced after the goods are received from the store by UK Brands Worldwide.


Like Briony Buys UK, Skypax offers regular parcel forwarding and a shopping concierge service where they will visit a store or make a purchase for you on a UK website. Skypax charges a £12 fee for regular parcel forwarding and a 15% charge of your total order value (minimum service charge of £49) for its shopping concierge service. They offer shipping via Royal Mail for parcels under 2kg and courier for heavier ones. Parcels are insured up to £100 and you can email them for shipping quotes.


As I noted in the US edition, If you're worried about ordering for the first time from a parcel forwarder, you can email them first with any questions, make an inexpensive first time purchase, and search forums for experiences others have had with the same business.

Also, I have bought a lot of things from the US and UK and I would recommend having your UK parcels registered as I've found the Royal Mail isn't as reliable as USPS. If you have any questions or your own parcel forwarding recommendations/experiences, please leave a comment!

17 comments | How to find a good parcel forwarding service (UK edition)

The Style Hive said...
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Very informative post Sushi! This makes buying from Gilt (US) a bit more realistic!

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Closet Fashionista said...
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Oooh very interesting!! I'll have to keep this in mind :D
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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little-Tall-thing ♥ said...
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ahh that's so useful! thanks for putting this up! :)

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em (studs and supernovas) said...
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thanks sushi, both this post and the US shipping one are really useful! there's nothing worse than finding something great online which can't be shipped to aus!
em x

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thelittledistractions said...
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Great post sushi!
I've been looking for a good one for ages. Thanks for the recommendation!
Xx

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Sushi said...
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The Style Hive, Closet Fashionista & little-Tall-thing - Thanks, girls! I'm glad you found it useful x Sushi

em - I completely agree! Thank god for parcel forwarding services :) x Sushi

thelittledistractions - You're very welcome!

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Amy said...
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Thank you so much for this. Really. I always wondered why ASOS won't ship Mango overseas (which is funny, because sometime last year I managed to get a Mango velvet dress from ASOS shipped to the states)...hmm.

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Peaches and Cream said...
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Good to know this stuff is out there just in case I ever decide to leave London and head home. Fashion availability is a major factor in the decision! Funnily enough, I have encountered the same problem with wanting to ship stuff over here from General Pants & Sportsgirl, like Ksubi. Would get my mum to forward them over but Australia Post is a rip-off!!

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International Manual Clipping Path said...
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Stunning! Very well done!

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Erika said...
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Interesting and useful post!

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Anonymous said...
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Thank you so much! I am keen to try Briony Buys, the fees are so fair. I really like using Parcel It On as my US forwarder and am happy to have found this recommendation for a personal service in the UK.

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Anonymous said...
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Hi, do you know a good (relatively inexpensive parcel forwarding from australia to UK? passthepost.au wanted to charge me $70 to post 1 blazer!!

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Harry said...
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Just for information, Skypax has new pricing for our Concierge shopper service of just 10% of the retail price subject to a lower minimum charge of just £29.

www.skypax.com

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Anonymous said...
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ukbrandsworldwide.com is much cheaper than Skypax on the basis of the above comment. Their service charge is £15 up to £300 and 5% of the purchase price thereafter. They were excellent when buying and forwarding my Zara purchase a few weeks ago.

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Laurel Herrera said...
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http://www.parcelbound.com/ is the best service. Careful about companies that do self promotion and claim the lowest rates. You always get what you pay for!!!

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Ruth Jones said...
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Just wondering what service you use now since BBUK doesn't seem to be operating anymore.

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Anonymous said...
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Wish Briony Buys didn't close down :(((((

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