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On 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) got the status of a third country from the perspective of the European Union. This means that the movement of goods and thus the dispatch of parcels between the EU and the UK has been subject to customs supervision from this date. Customs formalities are therefore required, but no customs duties will be levied on goods of EU origin.
Hence, only shipments for which the shipper provides the full parcel and customs data will be processed.
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Large and unmanageable parcels? Send as bulky items with GLS
GLS will sort and scan these consignments manually at its distribution centers and depots. This is because they are not suitable for the automated sorting equipment. GLS deploys these so-called sorters for quick, reliable parcel shipping. A parcel's dimensions or shape or the outer packaging can all contribute to it being non-conveyable and thus being shipped as a bulky item.
Our reliable basic product for national parcel shipping: we transport parcels weighing up to 40 kilogrammes within Germany.There are no distance limits: the standard GLS delivery time of under 24 hours applies across the whole of Germany.
The CashService allows you to extend your range of payment options. The consignee pays for their items conveniently when the parcel is delivered. This also minimises your risk of non-payment.
With the ConsignmentService, you can consolidate items from one shipping point and have them delivered to a destination address in a single consignment. Your complete consignments will be delivered on the next working day, incomplete consignments will be stored by us for one day and then delivered.
As a parcel service provider, GLS is an important element within the supply chain. The current situation makes the responsibility that we bear even clearer. Up-to-date information on Corona virus measures and ensuring of parcel logistics and operations can be found on our information page about the Corona virus.
The export of goods to countries that are not part of the European Union (e.g. Switzerland) requires customs clearance. GLS offers for this purpose simple customs data entry via the Customs Portal and the Customs Interface.
We will delivery your parcel not only to a business address, but direct to the consignee's workplace – to a specific department, an office or an individual.
GLS charges an index-oriented surcharge (percentage) "Diesel" because of the fluctuation of the crude oil prices which has a significant impact on the transport costs.
Always well-informed - important documents to download for GLS customers, including guidelines, templates and manuals.
We take responsibility for customs clearance: before shipping the parcel, our central customs clearance department will create the electronic export declaration for you.
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We offer reliable parcel delivery all over Europe
The countries are connected thanks to our precisely coordinated transportation services and modern distribution centres. This enables GLS to deliver parcels to all important European markets in standard delivery times of 24 to 48 hours. More remote areas outside large cities can generally be supplied by GLS within 72 to 96 hours.
Express shipping in Europe: we deliver time-critical consignments internationally; before close of business on the next working day in many countries (Saturdays optional). Next-day delivery is also possible for commercial centres in many other countries.
Urgent goods and documents reach their destination reliably and quickly via express shipping within Europe.
A chance to handle returns as part of an efficient goods exchange. We make the delivery and collect the return at the same time, bringing the goods to the returns depot or to a business address of your choice.
Repairs are a classic application for our ExchangeService: the consignee gets the replacement device immediately; the defective device is collected at the same time and transported to your premises or to a different address you have specified.
Reliable national express transportation: we deliver parcels all over Germany by the next working day (Saturdays optional) and always by close of business.
Speed and punctuality are the top priorities for express delivery with GLS. Urgent consignments, from spare parts to documents, reach their destination on time.
It is possible to ship firewood in a parcel if you follow a few tips on packaging. You can find out how to pack your firewood so that everything goes smoothly during shipping here.
Find out more about firewood shipping here
Optimum flexibility for your consignees: we let consignees know about their delivery and provide them with a large variety of delivery options.
Consignees receive email information about pending GLS parcel deliveries – including details of the predicted delivery time window.
The currently valid General Terms and Conditions of the General Logistics Systems Germany GmbH & Co. OHG.
International shipping: GLS conveys documents and parcels quickly to all countries around the world.
We supply goods to over 160 countries1. Parcels and documents are transported to important business centres all around the world in a standard delivery time of just 2-5 working days – for example to the USA, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
1 No deliveries to countries where the political situation is very unstable
With GLS Klima Protect, we deliver parcels climate-neutral through compensation. We offset all our CO2 emissions – both parcel-related emissions and those accrued through our depots, at our headquarters and on business trips. Produced emissions are offset through certified climate protection projects in cooperation with ClimatePartner. In addition, we rely on 100% green electricity and our own, sustainable power generation and we are investing in the development of emission-free technologies (e.g. e-vehicles, charging infrastructure etc.) to actively avoid CO2 emissions in the long term. Furthermore, we are equipping our buildings following an environmentally friendly approach, e.g. using heat pumps, LED lighting, rainwater utilisation systems etc.
With GLS SameDayyou can offer your consignees same-day delivery. Provided your end customer orders their item before a designated cut-off time, with GLS GLS SameDay, it will be delivered the same evening between 5.30 and 10 pm. This offer is currently available in 10 metropolitan areas in Germany1.
1Hamburg, Hanover, Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Munich
Rely on the reliability and quality of GLS transport partners! We only work with partners who meet the highest standards in terms of safety and environmental protection. Read more about how the cooperation works.
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We deliver parcels with the Guaranteed24Service guaranteed on the next working day (except on Saturday) throughout Germany (excluding islands).
The Guaranteed24Service is the ideal upgrade for the BusinessParcel, if urgent items need to arrive at the consignee in a guaranteed delivery time.
GLS can ship hazardous goods in certain categories within Germany by arrangement with the responsible depot. Trained staff at these locations will provide advice on the issue of transporting hazardous items. If you are interested, please get in touch.
Extremely dangerous substances are excluded from hazardous goods shipping, such as radioactive, explosive or highly toxic substances or where there is a risk of contagion.
An additional service to ensure handover to an authorised individual. We will only deliver the parcel following successful entry of a PIN number.
The parcel can only be handed over to the authorised person thanks to a direct IT system check.
We will only hand over the parcel to the person specified by the sender – and only on presentation of proof of identity.
On delivery, the driver checks the consignee`s identity based on their identity documentation and compares these with the details provided by the sender. The parcel must only be delivered following successful verification of identity.
We are here as your reliable B2B partner for procurement logistics. By combining the InboundService with our other shipping services we are able to cover your specific procurement logistics setup. You will gain many benefits from this collaboration.
We simplify your internal parcel handling. If you receive a GLS consignment at one of your locations, we will take any GLS parcels with us from that location that need to be delivered to other locations within your business.
This optimises transportation links and reduces your costs. We also supply special parcel labels, which simplifies shipment handling.
This service can be used for lots of applications, especially in chain stores.
With the LetterboxService, we deliver small consignments directly to the consignee`s letterbox. This service is ideal for sending small items, mailshots or catalogues, where the consignee`s signature is not required.
1 in accordance with statutory liability of 8.33 SDR but at least 10 € per parcel
Do you want to send parcels in overlength? Send parcels up to 2.00 m with GLS
GLS sorts and scans oversize parcels manually at its distribution centers and depots. The reason for this is that they are not suitable for the automatic sorting systems. In addition, these parcels cause increased effort in delivery due to their length dimensions. For this reason, parcels with a length of 1.50 m or more are sent as overlength parcels.
Reliable, fast and safe - that's how you want your parcel delivery to be. At GLS, we make sure that parcel delivery runs as smoothly as possible so that you and your customers are completely satisfied. What do we do for this?
The parcel status indicates where your parcel is currently located. To expedite parcel receipt, here is an overview of the most important information.
The PharmaService is our option for GDP-compliant pharmaceutical shipping. We transport non-temperature-sensitive / non-temperature-controlled medicinal products with the required quality standards throughout the transportation chain.
The service is adapted entirely around the customer's requirements. We will only hand over consignments to the designated consignee.
Optimise your returns management with this convenient returns solution. Parcels will be collected from any address (including private customers) at a time specified by you, and then returned directly to you.
The consignee ensures the parcel is ready to send at the specified time; the parcel label will be provided by the delivery driver.
We fetch parcels from an address of your choice and deliver them directly to the desired consignee. This service avoids unnecessary diversions. For example, a parcel will be transported directly from the supplier to the end customer, or vice versa. This deals with your very specific shipping requirements.
From shipping to returns - all from a single provider
Give your customers the perfect shopping experience by setting up and managing your own individual returns strategy. Assertive, restrictive, concealed or prominent - the choice is yours!
If you want to offer your customers the maximum in shipping options, our SaturdayService is just right. Within the scope of express shipping, we deliver the package on Saturdays at your request. You can even choose between different times! Does this also apply to shipping abroad?
The entire parcel industry is facing special challenges: Steadily growing and, above all, strongly fluctuating parcel volumes make it necessary to plan the deployment of additional manpower and vehicles with particular flexibility.
During the tyre season from 12 September to 16 December and from 1 March to 31 May, the surcharge "Season tyres" is calculated according to the price list.
When sending goods with GLS, you can combine standardised products and services as you wish. This means that parcel delivery can be adapted to your specific needs and naturally also to those of your customers. Find out which combination is best for you.
GLS delivers the parcels (except tyres) direct to a ParcelShop. The consignee decides in advance which ParcelShop their parcel will be sent to.
As soon as the parcel arrives, GLS will let the consignee know via email or SMS. From the day after this delivery, the consignee has eight working days in which to collect their item from the ParcelShop.
With this practical returns solution, your customer hands over their return consignment (pre-franked and free of charge) at a GLS ParcelShop.
The sender can choose whether to include a pre-prepared GLS returns label with the shipped parcel, or to provide a label on request from the consignee. Convenient online returns solutions are available to create return shipping labels. Return labels can be sent as an attachment to the consignee as a PDF file or QR code. If a QR code is provided, the customer doesn't even have to print the label themselves at home, they can simply get the QR code scanned at the GLS ParcelShop and they will get a printed return label there when they hand over the parcel.
Consignors can send their parcels to numerous European countries with GLS. Thanks to its extensive network, GLS offers fast, high-quality shipping all over Europe at an attractive price. Parcels generally arrive in all important markets within 24 to 48 hours. Consignments to countries that are further afield generally have longer delivery times.
Our scheduled delivery options for express shipping: GLS delivers consignments punctually on the next working day (except Saturdays).
You have various scheduled options to choose from:
Nationally: before 8 am, before 9 am, before 10 am or before midday.
Internationally: before 9 am, before 10 am or before midday.
Pursuant to Section 1 of the Federal Trunk Road Toll Act, all domestic and foreign motor vehicles or vehicle combinations with a permissible total weight of at least 7.5 tonnes that are intended for or used for road haulage are subject to the toll.
According to the German VAT law, deliveries within the European Union are generally exempt from VAT.
Send tyres for cars, bikes or motorbikes.
Tyres are among the frequently sent bulky items. Lots of customers are already taking advantage of the ability to send tyres with GLS.
Sorting is done manually
GLS sorts complete wheels and tyres manually at its distribution centers and depots. Due to their size and weight, these items are not suitable for the automated sorting equipment. GLS always ships these non-conveyable parcels as bulky items.
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