I used to buy an awful lot from the UK that was sent by Royal Mail and delivered by An Post in Ireland. A few years ago if an item was dispatched on Monday from the UK, I would be confident of receiving it on Wednesday or Thursday. In recent years it has seemed to have gotten much slower. Last week an item was sent by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed to my address in Dublin. It was sent on a Tuesday and I was expecting it on Thursday. Royal Mails website states that International Tracked and Signed gets ‘priority handling’

When I saw the letter was scanned in Heathrow Worldwide DC on very early Wednesday morning I expected it to show up on An Post Tracking on Wednesday evening or worst case Thursday. However, it wasn’t scanned in until Saturday and was then delivered Monday Morning. I suppose 4 working days isn’t too bad however I would have expected it to be a lot quicker.

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Parcel Motel is still my favourite of the 4 UK virtual address providers. For me they have always been reliable, quick (apart from some small delays over Christmas) and the most convenient. All my parcels this week have been ready for collection the same day as being delivered to Antrim so it appears its back to normal after the Christmas rush.

Parcel Motel offer return service where you can send parcels with companies including Royal Mail, Collect+ and MyHermes. You place the parcel in the locker, Parcel Motel will collect it and then bring it to Belfast before handing it over to the respective company for a reasonable fee. I’ve used Royal Mail via Parcel Motel twice with very different outcomes.

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