There are a number of frequently asked questions about typical courier jobs. Here, we have tried to answer a couple of; recall though that the answers may vary, depending upon your individual state or country.
What’s the difference between a courier and a freight 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, freight 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 bike - 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 tasks!
Do you get international couriers?
Yes, absolutely, though that may mean slightly different things depending upon where you are. Some companies may offer international delivery services that require a fast motorcycle to the airport, airfreight then a fast bike at the other finish amassing the parcel for delivery.
From time to time, when the consignment is of sufficient value to make it cost-effective to do so, it may be accompanied door-to-door all the way even around the world. Where companies are near an international border, cross-border accompanied courier jobs may be much more commonplace than they are in, say, areas of the central USA.
Are there certain types of products 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 the courier guy packaging occasionally required?
This is a catchy and sometimes controversial issue however, it has its roots in logic. Many courier jobs have got into difficulties (spoilages, losses etc) because of the shipper using poor and inappropriate packing or packaging materials. A related problem sometimes arises because of a shipper failing to accurately declare the dimensions of the item they’re shipping.
These sorts of problems (and others like them) may cause acute difficulties not just in terms of security but also in handling. Examples include vans arriving only to discover that the thing is too long to fit safely inside, or cartons being used that are so tiny that they are easily lost if transshipment is required at a depot handling center. To try and eliminate at least a few of these, some companies may insist that customers use standard packing cartons.