There are a number of frequently asked questions about typical courier jobs. Here, the courier guy have tried to answer a couple of; recall though that the answers may vary, depending upon your individual state or nation.
What’s the distinction between a courier and a cargo company?
That’s a good question and sometimes 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, some haulage may involve a single full load also moving point-to-point and a few delivery drivers may transship. It’s also often (but 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 freight haulage specialists or a trucker saying that they do courier jobs!
Can you get international couriers?
Yes, absolutely, though 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 bicycle at the other finish amassing the parcel for delivery.
Sometimes, when the consignment is of sufficient value to make it cheap to do so, it might be accompanied door-to-door all the way - even around the globe. 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?
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 occasionally required?
This is a catchy and sometimes controversial issue but it has its origins in logic. Many courier jobs have got into problems (spoilages, losses ) due to the shipper using poor and inappropriate packing or packaging materials. A related issue sometimes arises due to a shipper failing to accurately declare the measurements of the object they’re shipping.
These sorts of troubles (and others like them) may cause acute difficulties not only in terms of security 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 some of these, some companies may insist that customers use standard packing cartons.