Best Couriers

If you need important items delivered, you might consider hiring a courier service to ensure a smooth delivery. Find out more about the various services couriers offer and the qualities you should look for when choosing one. Read more…

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Zoom2u

Zoom2u

4.8  (1,210)
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D.EL
D.EL3 posts
 
Reliable servicePrompt, reliable service. Happy with the service provided by Laurence. Show details
PACK & SEND

PACK & SEND 🏆 2024

4.5  (7,595)
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Karin
Karin
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ImpressedExcellent service, easy to order with clear instructions, fast and cheap Show details
Parcel2Courier.com

Parcel2Courier.com

4.7  (142)
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Joe
JoeNSWSydney, NSW12 posts
 
Absolutely ReliableHighly recommended shipping & freighting service - attention to customer service is impeccable! Show details
HUBBED

HUBBED

4.3  (4,138)
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Ian
IanQLDCentral Queensland, QLD10 posts
 
Shippit

Shippit

4.2  (1,454)
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Shorty G.
Shorty G.
 
Big Post

Big Post

4.3  (301)
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Pete
PeteQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
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Interparcel

Interparcel

4.0  (2,186)
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Wayne
WayneVICThe Mallee, VIC3 posts
 
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Smart Send

Smart Send

4.0  (1,436)
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WizzkizzWAPerth, WA4 posts
 
Smart Send
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Hi, I am sorry for the late delivery of your shipment. Can you let me know the consignment number so we can investigate this further? Thank you.

McPhee Freight

McPhee Freight

4.1  (121)
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A happy customer
A happy customerVictoria2 posts
 
Australia Wide Car Transport Express

Australia Wide Car Transport Express

3.9  (668)
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Warren R.
Warren R.
 
Very goodThe office staff were fantastic the car arrived before the agreed time which was great
The driver got his times wrong but no doubt the traffic was a problem
I would recommend them as a good company Show details
Sendle

Sendle

3.8  (14,412)
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Benjamin
BenjaminQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
 
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Ship2Anywhere

Ship2Anywhere

4.1  (75)
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Regene
Regene
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MailPlus

MailPlus

4.0  (66)
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scott.burton
 
Mailplus worst customer serviceI’m currently still waiting for my express package. It is now a week over due. They won’t ever be getting my business again. Stay away. Show details
Transdirect

Transdirect

3.5  (3,066)
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Brad
BradQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD11 posts
 
TransdirectAdditional charge taken from my account with out adequate notice or proper explanation! Weight and dimension of package were correct yet they took an extra 30% on top of the original fee. Scam artists that under quote to get business and then charge an additional fee later on! Avoid and go with a reputable courier! Show details
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Yellow Express

Yellow Express

4.6  (25)
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Angeline C
Angeline CNSWSydney, NSW
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ExcelR8 Freight Logistics

ExcelR8 Freight Logistics

4.8  (21)
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JLC
JLCWAPerth, WA18 posts
 
AirSea Worldwide

AirSea Worldwide

5.0  (17)
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Clade A
Clade ANSWSydney, NSW
 
PerfectProfessionalism, honesty and punctuality highly recommended.perfectly tracking the cargo .efficient. Show details
SMB Australia Car Transport

SMB Australia Car Transport

3.2  (286)
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Mac
MacVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC4 posts
 
comGateway

comGateway

3.4  (95)
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Flynn
FlynnVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC6 posts
 
CEVA

CEVA

3.1  (717)
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Steve D
Steve D
 
Great ServiceReliable service, at good prices. I was always kept up to date with where my car was. Show details ·  1
Direct Couriers

Direct Couriers

3.6  (59)
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Jean
JeanNSWSydney, NSW14 posts
 
Moving Your World

Moving Your World

4.1  (25)
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Jenny R.
Jenny R.New South Wales
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PrixCar

PrixCar

3.0  (296)
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George Savva
George Savva
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PrixCar is a highly professional and reliable companyThe staff is involved were absolutely fantastic and I recommend this companies services at the highest level. Will not hesitate to use them again Show details
Platinum Freight Management

Platinum Freight Management

4.0  (24)
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Colm Chapman
Colm ChapmanTasmania
 
Great service from start to finishFirst time using a customs agent and found Peter very good to deal with the whole way through. Always kept me informed about time frames and followed up with my supplier on many occasions. Would def recommend. Show details
InXpress

InXpress

4.2  (20)
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Sharon
SharonWAPerth, WA
 
BHF Couriers

BHF Couriers

3.0  (116)
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Catelynn
Catelynn5 posts
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Shipito

Shipito

2.9  (251)
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John S.
John S.4 posts
 
Can't restore my accountAccount became inactive after 2 years of not using it - alright.
On Login - I get Inactive account error. On sign up - I get "this email already exists. How do I sign in, or restore the account?

Can't use their website now wihtout hte hassle of registering a new email address Show details

P&S Logistics

P&S Logistics

2.8  (270)
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J B.
J B.Northern Territory
 
AutoMove.com.au

AutoMove.com.au

3.3  (43)
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Neven
Neven
 
Fake QuoteAsked for a quote, received an email and when I contacted to book was told that the quote is automated and was quoted again $450 extra.
Unreliable and fake quote just to get you interested. Not trust worthy, don’t believe them. Show details
Fast Courier

Fast Courier

2.8  (204)
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Steve
SteveQLDWide Bay-Burnett, QLD2 posts
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ExcellentOutstanding communication and shipment updates... fast service. will definitely use Fast Courier again Show details

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Courier services vs postal services

A courier service is a private company which offers shipping services for parcels and important documents. These companies can specialise in same-day shipping or impress you with a wide network of affordable international shipping services.

What is the postal service? They are common to every country and are government-run and funded. Australia’s government-funded postal service is called Australia Post. They typically don’t offer as many or as prompt of service as couriers do, but in turn, they are more affordable.

Australia Post offers very limited services with added weight, item, time and location restrictions. What you’re paying for with a courier service is peace of mind and ample flexibility.

Services offered by courier companies

Here are just some of the things that courier companies offer compared to the postal service:

Convenient delivery times

There are many courier services that can deliver goods within specific time frames should you require it, with many offering same-day deliveries and after-hours services (such as after business hours or on Sundays). Parcel2Courier and North Coast Freight Service are courier services that offer same-day delivery within the limits of a state.

Unlike the postal service, couriers can guarantee delivery, not just on a particular day, but during a precise time slot, making it a popular and convenient option.

Interstate and international shipping

If you need your parcels delivered a bit further out, fret not as courier services can provide interstate and international shipping at competitive prices. These services may also include customs charges as well as insurance coverage.

Tracking

A common feature included in many services is the ability to see and track your parcels in real-time. Alternatively, you might receive mobile and e-mail notifications in instances where the parcel has been picked up, is en route, 1-2 hours away and another alert after it has been delivered. This makes sure you are not left in the dark about where your parcel is. This service also allows the receiver of the packages to know when the package is arriving so they can organise their day accordingly.

Security

Many couriers automatically require a signature from the receiver of the parcel which ensures your package reaches the right person in the right place. The postal service also offers this service at an additional cost.

In addition, many couriers insure your expensive parcels for up to a certain amount for free, and can offer more extensive cover for even more pricey packages. Some may contain an excess fee, so you'll have to cover a portion out of pocket if you make a claim on their insurance. Australia Post offers free insurance for the first $100 in value of your parcel and lets you purchase each subsequent $100 of cover up to $5000 for $2.50.

Customer service

As opposed to the postal service, a private courier company’s main drawing point is its reliability and responsive customer service. Of course, this varies between companies, so make sure you read reviews of customers who have had to contact the courier when something has gone wrong or there has been an issue with their delivery.

Easy pick-up

Do you have heavy boxes to ship and no way to transport them to the local post office during business hours? With a courier service, there’s no complicated paperwork or queues, and they can pick it up straight from your house at a time that’s convenient for you.

Pet transport

A service definitely not offered by the postal service is pet transportation. Pet couriers do offer this service, however, letting you move pets and livestock from one place to another if you move homes or need your animal(s) transported to you from far away.

Is a courier necessary for me?

Ultimately, if you're sending a postcard, letter or package that isn't time-sensitive, then the postal service will do the job just fine. Couriers tend to be more useful for those with more time-sensitive needs, those looking to send something internationally, and those who want the extra features and security and flexibility benefits if they feel like the postal service cannot provide what they need.

Courier price comparison chart

Based on the notion that you wish you transport a 10kg 50x50x50 cm box from Sydney to Melbourne, these are the current prices and times you’d be looking at. All days are business days.

CourierPriceTime
Australia Post$58.354-6 days
Zoom 2u$1932 days
Couriers Please$66.422 days
SmartSend$46.721-2 days
Sendle (for small businesses)$20.702-7 business days

Qualities to look for in your courier

If you’re going to pay more for a courier service, then you should keep an eye out for these particular qualities when reading reviews for different courier companies:

Reliability

Of utmost importance is reliability. Have people reported that their packages arrived damaged, late or never arrived at all? If so, that’s not a great indicator of a reliable courier. Many packages contain important items and need to arrive at specific times, such as for birthdays or anniversaries and you want to know you can trust what your courier is offering.

Limitations

Even though courier services offer a wider range of services than postal, they still have their limitations. Many have weight and size restrictions as well as prohibited items - make sure you find a courier service that aligns with your shipping needs.

Delivery timeliness

One of the main purposes of a courier is that they can deliver items at a very precise time or with speed, so if they are not delivering on this front, it’s best to go with a different company.

Value for money

Take time to do some research and see what prices other courier companies are offering to transport the same items and evaluate if it offers good value for money in comparison.

Pick up and drop off options

Some couriers offer at-home pick-ups and drop-offs, with seamless door-to-door delivery. Otherwise, for a more cost-friendly option, couriers can also deliver between post offices or postal lockers.

Problem resolution

In the case that anything goes wrong, how has this courier service handled it in the past? Take a look at how they treat disgruntled customers and if they offer compensation for any mistakes they have made.

Booking process

One of the best things about using a courier service is that you get to skip the queues and forms at a post office. A courier service with an easy to use and simple booking system can save you time and hassle in the long run.

Tracking & updates

The best part of using a courier service, as opposed to the postal service, is that it can come with a very transparent tracking system that lets you know exactly where your items are at all times. They also offer mobile updates which will notify you when the package is being dispatched and delivered for ultimate peace of mind.

Transparency

Look for a company that states its costs up front instead of surprising you with hidden fees later - finding a company that is transparent with its costs and delivery processes is a big plus.

Customer feedback

How you can find out all this information is by reading up on valuable reviews from other customers to see how they rated this particular courier service. You can read reviews on our website on the best courier postal services in Australia today.

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