Can I do deliveries and collections in Europe?
Typically yes, but do remember that the question might mean different things to different people.
• Europe is both a political and geographical expression. Some countries (e.g. Russia) are not in the European Union and the regulations for EU and Non-EU journeys may differ – so do your research on the country you’ll be tipping in and collecting from.
• Even in the EU, you do not have unrestricted rights to engage in collections and deliveries in the same third country (i.e. operating like a local national haulier). This is called ‘cabotage’ and you may only be able to make so many internal collections and deliveries within a specified period.
What will I need for international courier jobs?
That depends upon where you’re heading. Even within the EU, some countries have specific rules of the road and conditions that might be different to those in the UK – particularly for HGVs. Outside of EU destinations the position may become even more diverse and complicated. What you’ll need to do is some research on the net and through organisations such as The Road Haulage Association (RHA). Remember also to carefully check your licence status and your insurance. Be sure you understand the exact nature of the goods you’re carrying because if they’re prohibited in your destination country, nobody is going to be interested in your “I didn’t know” excuses!
Can I deliver to Asia and The Middle East?
Theoretically yes and very long distance road haulage has been established for a long time (many decades). However, extreme caution should be exercised when taking your vehicle outside of the EU or Europe in general. Regulations are strict and special road haulage / transit permits are required. As you are probably aware, some countries outside of Europe are currently regarded as being unstable and highly dangerous for foreigners. You should always consult foreign office travel advice and specialist haulage organisations for guidance. As a general rule, courier jobs to some destinations outside of Europe might be best avoided by novices.
Are there accompanied deliveries to further afield?
Yes but they are relatively uncommon. Some shippers of very high value or precious items (usually of smaller weight/dimensions) may wish to have them delivered by hand to virtually anywhere in the world. If, for example, someone is shipping a £150,000 watch to Australia from Europe then the additional cost of a round-trip air ticket for personal courier delivery might be seen as a relatively minor additional expense given the peace of mind provided. Be cautious though, as this method of delivery should not be used to bypass local duties and customs at importation. The goods must be declared and treated commercially – if you do not, you risk prosecution and imprisonment.
Not the ideal outcome of international courier jobs!