The courier aggregator has started making low-cost international shipments ahead of schedule for Sydney customers.
Sendle is known for offering a nationwide door-to-door delivery service at significantly less than the cost of postage. Its deal with DHL eCommerce for offering international shipments was announced in September.
At that time, the company said the international service would be “available to selected Sydney customers in time for Christmas deliveries.”
In fact, it went live this week and “thousands of Sydneysiders” have already booked international parcel deliveries, and the service is now available to customers in 183 postcodes within 15km of the CBD. Nationwide availability is coming in 2018.
The first customer to send a package internationally with Sendle was small business owner Mandy Sacher. She is using the service to send her book The Wholesome Child to customers around the world.
“I have used Sendle for my small business for a few years now. As a working mum with a young family, I just didn’t have the time to wait in a post office all day. Sendle has been a huge help with managing work/life balance and has helped my business grow to the point where I am gaining international customers, just as Sendle can now help with the same affordable, door-to-door delivery service to anywhere in the world,” said Sacher.
As with Sendle's domestic rates, its international pricing can provide significant savings compared with postage.
For example, a 1kg parcel to the UK costs Sendle Premium customers $33.88, compared with $51.72 via Australia Post. And Sendle's prices include pick-up, so you save time as well as money.
Talking of time, approximate delivery times are four to six working days for New Zealand, six to 13 working days for North America, Western Europe, Asia, Middle East and Pacific, and 10-15 working days for the rest of the world.
Prices start as low as $14.95 for a 250g package to be delivered anywhere in the world - more accurately, to the more than 220 countries and territories covered by the service. Final delivery is by post, so parcels can be sent to PO boxes if necessary.
Dangerous goods are not accepted, the maximum weight is 20kg, and there are restrictions on the dimensions of the package.
The three plans – Easy, Premium and Pro – are effectively volume related. Easy involves no subscription or minimum quantity, but in most cases involves the highest prices (such as $36.31 for that 1kg parcel to the UK). Premium costs $10 a month, but saves about a dollar on each domestic parcel and sometimes more on international deliveries. There's no fixed charge for Pro, but you have to send at least 200 items a month and in return you get Sendle's lowest prices ($31.80 for that same package, for example).
Exactly when the international service will be offered outside Sydney has yet to be revealed.