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Don't get taken by surprise when it comes to prices and surcharges

Prices and Surcharges

Know exactly what you're paying for with ParcelHero

£50 free protection as standard* *excluding EVRi deliveries

Collection or drop-off at a local shop anytime

Track your parcel from door-to-door

Send bulky or heavy items weighing up to 1,000kg

ParcelHero doesn't believe in hiding extra fees and surcharges. That's why you always know exactly what your quote includes.

What's on this page?

ParcelHero's price comparison website is proud to offer the services of the world's biggest couriers, at prices up to 60% cheaper than going direct. In fact we're even cheaper than most parcel postage rates. Our parcel quotes includes all applicable surcharges, however it's important to note that our courier prices are based on the size and weight of your parcel, whichever is the greater. To see how much it is to send a parcel, and how much you could save on your courier costs, simply complete our quick quote parcel price comparison tool and compare prices from a wide range of courier services.

If you're sending a large parcel, it's size may affect the cost of sending the parcel and additional surcharges may also by applied to your parcel quote. We rely on the weight and dimensions you give us to quote our best parcel delivery prices, so it's really important that you ensure the weight and size information you enter is correct.

Learn more about how to send a parcel.

Optional Upgrades

Parcel Protection

ParcelHero offers £50 free parcel protection as standard*. You can purchase additional protection up to a maximum of £20,000 per shipment. Use the tool below to calculate the cost of additional protection for your shipment.

Learn more about our parcel protection.

*excluding EVRi deliveries

UPS Same Day Collection

UPS can collect same day from most locations. A surcharge of £3.36 per collection booking will apply.

Money Back Guarantee Upgrade

By upgrading to our money back guarantee option, if your shipment is delivered outside it's quoted transit time due to a service failure, then you will be entitled to a full refund. A surcharge of 10% of the delivery costs will apply.

Learn more about our money back guarantee.

Signature Required

By selecting this optional upgrade you can ensure that a shipment is not released without signature. £4.00 per shipment will be added to the parcel delivery cost.

More information on signature required:

Normally ParcelHero requires a signature for each delivery, however some countries allow the courier to ‘driver release' the package (this means they are allowed to deliver to a pre-determined location at the receiver's location such as a porch or with a neighbour) without obtaining a signature from the receiver. By selecting the ‘signature required' option, you can prevent the courier from releasing the parcel without signature.

Manual Handling Charges

Carrier Name Surcharge Name Surcharge per package Other Conditions
DPD Non-Compatible Surcharge £6.00 Parcels which are incompatible with the DPD automated sortation equipment.
DPD Handling Charge £8 Door to door collection (for Domestic shipment)
DPD Handling Charge £20 Drop-off Service (for Domestic shipment)
DPD Oversize Export £21 For EU shipments
ParcelForce Manual Handling Surcharge £7.95 For all items between 1.1m and up to 1.5m, or with a 2nd largest dimension greater than 0.7m
ParcelForce Manual Handling Surcharge £3.15 All items that require manual processing that are up to 1.1m length or where the 2nd largest dimension is 0.7m or below.
DHL Non-Stackable Pallet Surcharge £235 This surcharge applies to any freight handling unit of a shipment that is non-stackable. Non-stackable means that the freight handling unit cannot be stacked vertically in a safe and secure manner
FedEx Additional Handling Surcharge - Packaging £6.30 Packages requiring special handling
FedEx Additional handling charge - Non stackable £168 This surcharge applies to any freight handling unit of a shipment that is non-stackable. Non-stackable means that the freight handling unit cannot be stacked vertically in a safe and secure manner

Residential Delivery Charge

ParcelHero can deliver to homes as well as businesses. (The definition of home includes a business operating from a residential address).

£2.47 surcharge per shipment in addition to the shipping costs.

Couriers have to travel much further, and go off their normal route, per residential delivery and it therefore costs couriers more to deliver to homes than to businesses. This is because the receiver is more likely not to be home to receive the parcel, compared to a business, and because the courier will often have to make several delivery attempts in order to deliver to a home. Couriers therefore apply an additional surcharge for residential deliveries to cover these costs.

Whilst our parcel comparison website subsidises some of the cost of residential delivery, unfortunately we have to pass some of the charges on.

We apply the residential delivery charge during the booking process once you have confirmed if you are sending to a business or home delivery address. We are unable to apply the charge when you get a quote as we don't know if you're sending to a home address at that point.

Large & heavy parcels surcharges

Carrier name Surcharge name length 2nd longest side weight length + Girth combined Surcharge per package Other conditions
UPS Additional handling 100cm 76cm 25kg £10.75 Any item not fully encased in a wood, cardboard or metal shipping container.
UPS Large package surcharge 300 cm £49.50 A minimum billable weight of 40 kg per shipment will apply.
UPS Over Max Limits Surcharge 274 cm 70 kg 400 cm £745.00 Any item not fully encased in a wood, cardboard or metal shipping container.
UPS Demand surcharge overmax 274 cm 70 kg 400 cm £239.00
DHL Oversize Piece 120 cm £45.00
DHL Overweight Piece 70 kg £81.50
Parcelforce Manual handling 110 cm 70 cm £7.95 Domestic
Parcelforce Large package surcharge 150 cm 30 kg 300 cm £60.00 Domestic
Parcelforce Large package surcharge 250 cm 30 kg 400 cm £100.00 Domestic 24 or 48 large service
FedEx Additional Handling 31 kg £15 Weight less than 68 kg
FedEx Additional handling 121 cm 76 cm 266 cm £9.30*
FedEx Oversize fee 243 cm 330 cm £14.77*
FedEx Additional handling-Freight 157 cm £49.25* A shipment is clasified as freight if any one parcel exceeds 68 kg in physical or volumetric weight or length exceeds 274 cm or length+girth exceeds 330 cm
FedEx Additional handling-Freight forwarder 157 cm £9.80* A shipment is clasified as freight if any one parcel exceeds 68 kg in physical or volumetric weight or length exceeds 274 cm or length+girth exceeds 330 cm
DPD Oversized/Overweight Charge 100cm 30kg 230cm £15.50 Domestic shipments
DPD Oversized Exports Charge 175cm 30kg 300cm £22 International Shipments
Note: Charge gets applied when the above mentioned criteria exceeds. *Per shipment

Undeliverable shipments, collection re-booking and cancellation charges

Undeliverable Shipments

When ParcelHero is unable to deliver your parcel, having tried all available options, your shipment will then be returned.

£5 surcharge in addition to the return shipping costs.

Failed collection charge

When a collection fails due to a shipper error, some couriers charge a fee for rebooking collection.

Parcelforce £9
UPS Same day collection£ 4.03
UPS Next day collectionFREE


If you wish to cancel your shipment, a cancellation fee is applied depending on which courier you have used.

EVRi£6 or the total shipping cost, whichever is less
Parcelforce £9
All other carriers£6

* All charges inclusive of VAT

Remote Area Delivery

ParcelHero® can deliver to remote areas within the UK and internationally, depending on the ease of accessibility, these locations are classified as either extended or remote areas.

The following surcharges will be applied in addition the shipping costs:

  • Extended areas (collection & delivery) - £21.43 or £0.38 per kg, whichever is greater.
  • Remote areas (collection & delivery) - £21.43 or £0.38 per kg, whichever is greater.

An area is classed as a remote or extended area according to how far away it is from the couriers nearest delivery depot. Couriers apply this surcharge because it costs more to deliver to remote areas, including rural areas or off-shore islands. If the area is semi-remote it's considered an extended area, and if it's very remote it's considered a remote area.

As with all our surcharges they are included in the courier price we quote you during the booking process prior to checkout, and our parcel comparison website will always compare prices for the best couriers, and offer you the cheapest option.

Learn more about remote areas

View DHL Remote Areas

Address correction

If you provide an incorrect address and we have to amend the address in order to deliver your parcel, £9.15 per shipment will be applied to our normal courier prices.

When you provide an inaccurate address it can result in your parcel being miss-routed, or loaded on the incorrect delivery vehicle or transit flight. An admin charge is therefore applied to cover the cost of correcting the address and re-routing your parcel.

Customs Clearance Surcharges

ParcelHero provides door to door international delivery services and our costs include the transportation of your parcel, and most customs clearance costs. However our prices do not include all customs charges, or duties and taxes applied by customs in the destination country. Customs is a government body that controls the import of all goods into their country, and their charges are outside of our control, and applied directly by the local customs authorities in the destination country.

Learn more about customs clearance

ParcelHero provides a number of additional clearance services for business customers:

Duty & Tax Advance

ParcelHero can pre-pay duties, taxes and other government charges on your behalf. A fee will be charged based on the advanced amount.

£15 minimum or 25% of the advanced amount, whichever is the greater.

Normally when goods are dutiable, customs will request pre-payment for the duty and tax charges. If you have credit facilities with ParcelHero, we can pay these charges on your behalf and charge you an administration fee for the service.

Get a credit facility with ParcelHero

Handover to Broker

When we are requested to handover a shipment or paperwork to a third party broker to complete customs clearance on your receiver's behalf.

A £25 surcharge per shipment will be applied to your parcel quote.

ParcelHero charges include customs clearance, however some receiver's may wish to use their own broker to clear the goods through customs. We offer a service where we can hand the paperwork to the receiver's own broker to expedite clearance, then once this is completed they notify us and we then deliver. This is an optional, chargeable service.

Warehouse storage charges

This charge is applied when your shipment is held in the courier's warehouse for more than 3 days whilst waiting to be cleared through customs.

A storage charge of £5 a day is applied.

When a shipment is held for customs clearance whilst customs request additional information from the sender or receiver, the courier has to store the goods on your behalf. If customs do not receive a response from either the sender or receiver for more than 3 days, then storage charges are applied to cover the cost of additional storage.

When goods are held in customs we will always email both you and the receiver to notify you of the issue and request further information.