If you are planning to send a parcel all the way to Croatia, take it easy, as it is a lovely place with flexible laws and favorable shipping options. However, you should consider a few things before sending your parcel. This simple guide will show you the options you have, the best approaches to ensure you don’t spend too much and ensure your parcel makes it to its destination just the way you sent it.
Croatia became a member of the EU in 2013, which means you don’t necessarily need customs documentation to send parcels to the country. This is so convenient because it means no extra charges.
However, due to local preferences and the safety of the citizens of the nation, there are a few things that you will not be permitted to ship into the country. This is something you want to watch out for before sending any parcel to a foreign country unless you want to risk wasting your time and money. The country won’t allow you to import the following:
- Meat products or any living thing that can contract the mouth or foot diseases (albeit this may be a temporary ban)
- Works of Art
- Arms and weapons
- Toxic Chemicals
- Huge chunks of cash
If whatever you are sending falls among the items listed above, you should forget about it or pick something else to send to your preferred destination in the country. If you are in doubt about a particular item, it is safer to contact the postal services in Croatia or visit the Croatian Ministry of Finance website to check the things the country will not allow for importation. Now that you know the lines you should not cross, let’s check out the options you have.
A parcel to Croatia can be delivered right to the doorstep of the person you are sending it to. This is one beautiful option you have, so you should ensure that the service you pick can do this for you. And the size of the parcel is not an issue. As long as it is not among the restricted items, your parcel will make it safely.
The price of the parcel you send will depend on the nature of the item you are sending as well as the kind of shipping you choose. Naturally, the dimensions and weight of your parcel will be considered; these fall under the nature of your parcel. The destination of your parcel in Croatia will also be a factor. Another important thing is the kind of shipping you go for. Postage/ courier services offer express shipping or regular shipping. The former is quicker but expensive, while the latter is affordable but slower. Check with the service that you intend to use to note other factors that may affect the price for sending your parcel. Taking your time to familiarize yourself with the shipping services you intend to use, as well as compare several of them will save you some money.
In case you are in doubt or feel you may pay more than you intended, you can always request for a quote from whatever courier service you intend to use. In fact, choose your best three, ask for quotes from all of them, and compare. Why pay more?
Courier services to Croatia also offer tracking such that you can determine how far your parcel has gone. This is a useful feature in case you feel your parcel is taking too long to reach its destination or if you are nervous about it. Furthermore, you can give the recipient of the parcel contacts of the courier service that is taking care of the shipping so that they can also monitor the progress of the shipment locally and let you know how things are going.
Apart from the restricted items, which are reasonable restrictions, you can send pretty much anything else to Croatia at an affordable price. Most courier services in Croatia will insure your parcel and guarantee that it makes it to its destination fast and in one piece. I believe you agree that indeed you have top options for sending parcels to Croatia; especially, considering that you don’t have to deal with any customs stuff.