There are some frequently asked questions about typical courier jobs. Here, we’ve tried to answer a few; 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 fantastic question and at times the lines between the two may be a bit blurred.
Typically, the former specialize in point-to-point state collection and shipping. Of course, a few haulage may demand a single complete load also going point-to-point and a few delivery drivers may transship. It’s also often (although not always) the case that the prior specialize in smaller parcels taken via van, motorcycle or even bike - perhaps with air transport between. You will not often hear a motorcycle delivery guy describing themselves as cargo haulage specialists or a trucker saying that they do courier tasks!
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 services that require a fast motorcycle to the airport, airfreight then a fast bicycle at the other end amassing 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 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 will not 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 on. 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 however, it has its roots in logic. Many courier tasks have got into difficulties (spoilages, losses ) due to the shipper using poor and inappropriate packing or packaging materials. A related issue sometimes arises because of a shipper failing to accurately declare the measurements of the object they’re shipping.
These types of troubles (and others like them) may cause severe difficulties not just in terms of safety but also in handling. Examples include vans arriving only to discover that the thing is too long to fit safely inside, 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.