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Send Expensive Items by Courier

When sending luxury items by courier, or shipping high value items, it's important that they are fully covered against loss or damage.

Our shipping rates for UPS start at just £6.53 + VAT?

Overland Express can ship antiques, deliver oriental rugs, send figurines, we can even deliver coin collections, fully insured against loss or damage, up to £20,000.00 (exclusions apply).

With over a quarter of a century of delivering valuable items Worldwide, there is not much that we cannot send. Whilst most carriers have a low limit on what they will cover, we have our own high value parcel insurance for shipping antiques and valuables. With a simple pricing structure, charged at 2.00% of the value (minimum charge: £10.00). Please contact us for a specific quote for any items above £5000.00.

Our valuable item delivery service is with the most trusted names in the logistics industry, such as DHL, UPS and FedEx. Offering you rates at up to 70% lower than our competitors and giving you the peace of mind that your valuable items are fully covered whilst in transit.

Whether sending expensive items to friends or relatives, or arranging collection of valuable items from auction houses, we make the service as simple as possible, saving you time and money. Simply enter your requirements into the quick quote form above and start saving money today.

All of our high value item delivery services are fully tracked and signed for, door to door.

When shipping high value items, please take a look at our packing advice below Additional insurance can be added during the booking process.

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

You can also use our Courier for expensive items service for items sold or purchased on platforms such as eBay or Facebook Market Place.

Prices are door to door and include collection from your home or place of work, in addition to various drop off options for your convenience.

Sending valuable items overseas

These can be sent in much the same way as sending valuable items in the UK. The only difference is that you will require Customs documentation. This is automatically produced for you during the booking process. Please be aware that the receiver may be liable for duty, once the parcel arrives in the destination Country and would advise you to check that there are no restrictions in that particular Country prior to sending.

You can see a selection of our valuable item delivery destinations and transit times in the table below.

Destination Days
Send stamp collection to Australia 2 - 3
Send antique furniture to China 2 - 3
Send gold sovereign to India 2 - 3
Send precious metals to Kuwait 1 - 2
Send fine art to UAE 1 - 2
Send antiques to USA 1 - 3

It is often asked if there are any restrictions when sending valuable goods overseas, see the details below to see examples of certain valuable items that may or may not be shipped by courier.

Item Allowed?
Send cash by courier No
Send collectible toys by courier Yes
Send un-cut stones by courier No
Send coin collection by courier Yes
Send antique weapons by courier No
Send medals by courier Yes

How to send valuable items by courier

Prerequisites:

Bubble wrap
Parcel tape
Secure cardboard box

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

Before you send send valuable items by courier, please take a few minutes to read our packing advice.

We recommend printing an additional parcel label and placing this inside the outer box in the instance that the original label becomes detached or damaged during transit.

When sending valuable items, it is essential that they are correctly packaged for transit.

For sending paintings and works of art, we suggest using a wooden picture box, or art shipping box. These can be purchased from galleries, eBay, or Amazon and provide a high level of protection.

When choosing a box, choose one that is 50mm larger in each direction, this allows for any packing material. Always remove the glass from paintings, prior to shipping. The painting could be seriously damaged if the glass is broken in transit and the insurance does not cover glass, or damage caused by broken glass.

Artwork can be rolled up and packed in a solid cardboard tube. Please do not re-use cardboard tubes, as the structural integrity has already been compromised. When using a wooden frame case, you can put a layer of bubble wrap between the painting and the case cover and additional bubble wrap, or cardboard on the corners, or wrap the painting in a blanket. When using bubble wrap, lay the flat side against the painting and the bubbles facing outwards. This stops any risk of the bubbles marking the varnish on the painting. Do not use polystyrene peanuts, as they can leave debris on the painting.

When shipping figurines, a double walled cardboard box can be used. Use 2-3 layers of bubble wrap before placing in the outer box, with any voids filled with bubble wrap, or foam packing peanuts. For added security, use a slightly larger additional box, placing one box inside the other, again, wrapping the first box in a layer of bubble wrap. Please use new boxes where possible, as they offer a higher level of protection than a previously used box. Please use 2-3 layers of strong parcel tape to seal the box, top and bottom and an additional layer along any seams.

Rugs can be rolled up and placed in a heavy-duty polythene rug bag. These are available from Amazon and will keep the rug clean and dry in transit. We would suggest using a minimum 4ml thickness. Once placed in the bag, the end can be sealed with a cable tie or parcel tape.

If any of your items have cables or plugs, please wrap these adequately, to avoid any risk of damage. Cables should be packed separately.

Once completed, print off and attach your parcel label to the item.

If you are sending your item for repair or restoration, outside of the United Kingdom, you will also need a commercial invoice for Customs clearance. We will provide all Customs paperwork, free of charge. Please attach the commercial invoice to the outside of the package, as it must be visible to the driver. Please do not put it inside the box.

If you require a reliable and inexpensive courier for valuable items, then take a look at us, you can get an instant quote, now.

Please read below, some of our frequently asked questions when sending valuable items.

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Specialist Areas

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Why Choose Overland Express?

Inexpensive

We purposely try to keep our overheads down which enables us to offer you the lowest prices on international parcel delivery and domestic courier services. We avoid using advertising as someone has to pay for this, that someone is you!

Instant Comparison

No waiting or the need to enter your email address to obtain a quote, just provide source and destination postcodes along with the dimensions of the parcel that you wish to send, and you will immediately be presented with the price.

Great Brands

DHL, UPS, Parcel Force etc. - Enough said, we do not use budget courier service providers full stop. Having been in the parcel delivery industry for almost 30 years, we've seen the problems caused by these 'budget' provider's first hand.

SMS Notifications

Our DHL options utilise the Short Messaging Service (SMS) alerts to notify you (and the recipient if chosen) when your parcel is due to be delivered, yes, a bit old school now, however, very convenient as no apps are required to receive the notification.

Perfume & Cosmetics

Have you ever tried to ship perfume and cosmetics? We can provide bespoke shipping services specifically for these difficult to send products, see our specialist pages above for more information and how to package and post these niche items.

Great Customer Support

You will not find a better customer services team in the courier industry that are contactable via telephone, if you don't believe us, read our reviews on Trustpilot, most comment on how professional and helpful our UK based team are.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Who is the best courier for high value items?
A. We work with the World's best couriers to ensure that your valuable items arrive in perfect condition.

Q. Can I ship paintings?
A. You can ship paintings, artwork, drawings and sketches. Please remove the glass from the frames prior to shipping.

Q. I do not have a receipt for my items, can I still insure them?
A. If you do not have a receipt of sale or purchase, we would suggest obtaining an independent valuation, prior to shipping with us.

Q. Can I send valuable items overseas?
A. We deliver to over 220 Countries and provide all Customs and export documentation free of charge.

Q. I am sending my item overseas for restoration, how do I describe this on the Customs declaration?
A. If you select the option 'I am returning these items'.

Q. I need to send a high value parcel, how should I pack this?
A. Please have a read of our packing instruction above, where we explain how to pack valuable items for shipping.

Q. I am sending expensive items by courier, can you insure these?
A. We have our own high value parcel insurance, that fully covers them against loss or damage.

Q. How do I send high value items by post UK?
A. We recommend that you choose a collection service when sending valuable items by courier, as it is more secure than leaving it at a drop off shop.