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Unaccompanied Baggage

What is unaccompanied baggage?

Unaccompanied Baggage is defined as any baggage that a traveller doesn't bring directly with him or her, but instead sends to the final destination via a shipping company. Sending your baggage unaccompanied is a great option for saving money, time and frustration at the other end.

When to consider sending unaccompanied baggage

Everybody knows that the reach of the global economic crisis seems to be spreading farther and farther. Because of its massive running costs, the airline industry has been greatly affected by the downturn and has been forced to find ways of making additional income from those travelling with them. Checked baggage is one of these ways and, as the price goes up, so does the impact on your wallet if your baggage is above a certain weight limit.

Instead of being caught out at check-in, plan ahead. You might consider sending your luggage as unaccompanied baggage when:

  • travelling internationally for a long trip, which requires a good deal of baggage;
  • transporting your student life home with you;
  • emigrating, and therefore needing to send ahead a large amount of personal effects; or
  • your baggage will exceed the weight limit of an airline.

What you can and can't send in unaccompanied baggage

Different countries have different customs rules regarding unaccompanied baggage. The USA, for example, has been particularly picky about unaccompanied baggage since the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001. Further, shipments containing agricultural products (mainly fruits and vegetables), both in the USA and elsewhere, have to pass that country's agricultural inspection before delivery; commercial goods also have special entry requirements that they have to pass before clearing customs. Before sending your unaccompanied baggage abroad, check with the destination country to find out its particular customs requirements; after all, you don't want to complicate this simple and convenient way of transporting your excess luggage.

The only way in which to send unaccompanied baggage

There are many companies out there that will be able to transport your unaccompanied baggage, but to make sure that it's collected on time, and is delivered when and where it is supposed to, and with the greatest of care and attention, you need a specialist shipping firm.

Excess Baggage Company is one of Europe's premier unaccompanied baggage carriers. We ship more unaccompanied baggage around the world than almost any other company, and offer you the convenience of choosing between the collection or drop-off of your luggage at any of our many airport or railway station offices.

So for a professional service offering excellent value for money for your unaccompanied baggage, why not choose Excess Baggage Company?

Unaccompanied Baggage - Quote Me or for more information or advice on Unaccompanied Baggage, please feel free to contact our dedicated Unaccompanied Baggage team on 0800 5244 822, +44 (0)20 8324 2066.


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