Postage from Australia to the UK: How much does it cost?
How much it costs to send a package from the UK to Australia
COST TO SEND A 5KG PACKAGE FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE UK (BY CARRIER AND COST)
We have done a cost comparison – here are the results:
THE CHEAPEST: SEA MAIL
As you can see from the graph below, the cheapest way to send a 5kg package to the UK is by Sea Mail. You need to be happy to wait 2-3 months for it to be delivered, and this is without tracking or signature on delivery on your package.
SECOND CHEAPEST: GO THROUGH A GIFT COMPANY THAT HAS GREAT FLAT RATES ON POSTAGE
The next cheapest, and also much faster, is the gifts and gift hampers that I Still Call Australia Home send to the UK. This is the only company that will track your parcel, get a signature on delivery, get it there on average 4 business days, AND pay the UK taxes and duties for you. They’ll even track it for you and resolve any customs questions en route. Good deal!
Following that, your next best option for DIY gifting is then Australia post. Their standard airmail takes 6 business days and has tracking on it. Be aware, if the receiver has to pay taxes and duties in the UK, there won’t be any extra help this end to smooth that process over. There is a little more to it, in that you have to consider dimensional as well as physical weight, and fill in documentation correctly for smooth processing through customs; see our blog here on how to avoid the biggest mistakes many Aussies make when posting gifts to the UK
STILL WANT TO DO IT YOURSELF?
If you want your parcel there faster than the standard air mail 6 days and you want to do it yourself, you’ll have to pay more. The higher cost services generally are excellent and worth the money if it is something truly special you are sending.
Make sure the value of the package is in line with customs allowances if you don’t want the receiver to pay UK duties and taxes the other end.
For further information on how to successfully send gifts to the UK, see our other blogs: