Send large parcels overseas

The value-for-money service for heavier items you need to send abroad

International Economy

Ideal for heavier parcels that don’t need to arrive in a hurry

Why use International Economy?

  • Available worldwide for large letters and parcels
  • Delivery to areas such as Western Europe in up to two weeks
  • £20 compensation included as standard

How much will International Economy cost?

Take a look at the table below to get an idea on prices. 

Format Max weight Price


24cm long
16.5cm wide
0.5cm thick

Letters can only be sent by International Economy outside of Europe.

20g £1.10
100g £1.45

Large letter

35.3cm long
25cm wide

2.5cm thick
100g £2.60
250g £3.80
500g £4.85
750g £5.90

Parcels, Tubes and Printed Papers

The maximum combined parcel length, width and thickness is 90cm with the longest side no greater than 60cm

The maximum length for tubes is 90cm, and length added to double the diameter should be no more than 104cm


Maximum weight for printed papers is 2kg to Canada and Cambodia

Only books up to 5kg can be sent to the Republic of Ireland

100g £3.90
250g £4.20
500g £6.10
750g £7.15
1kg £8.55
1.25kg £9.80
1.5kg £10.85
1.75kg £11.65
2kg £12.05
Printed papers:
Every additional 250g or part
thereof up to 5kg add

Parcelforce globaleconomy

An affordable, reliable way to send heavy parcels internationally.

Why use globaleconomy?

  • International postage from £24.70
  • Delivery from 28 working days worldwide
  • Send up to 30kg to most destinations
  • No refund for delay, loss or damage to your parcel

Things to keep in mind

  • No tracking facility is available for these services
  • Maximum parcel sizes vary by destination
  • Only single items can be sent
  • Not available to European destinations

If you’d like to be able to track your items, take a look at globalexpress and globalpriority.

Guide to customs

If you’re sending a package outside the EU, you’ll need a customs label. You’ll be able to get all the customs forms you need at the Post Office.

  • Is your package worth up to £270? Make sure you include a completed and signed CN22 label. Put it on the front of the item, as near as possible to the top left hand corner – just don’t cover up the address.
  • Is your package worth over £270? Remember to include the top part of the CN22 and a CN23 form in a plastic wallet (SP126).
  • Under customs law, the sender is legally responsible for the information on the declaration; therefore it is in your own interest to ensure that the declaration is completed accurately and in full.  If you have any questions, please ask in your Post Office branch - our staff will be happy to help.

As well as your customs label, you’ll need to sign to confirm that the item doesn’t contain anything restricted by postal regulations.

Prohibited and restricted goods

There are some goods that can’t be sent in the post, and there are others which can be sent but with clear restrictions.

Some countries overseas have their own rules on what they will and will not allow to be sent by post, therefore it's important to check that the item you are sending is allowed in the destination country otherwise compensation will not be paid out in the event of loss or damage.

Some overseas countries have their own rules on what they will and will not allow to be sent by post.

Ready to send something abroad? Pop down to your local branch