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Postage & Packing

Pricing – New Book Sales

At Air-Britain, the list price for our new books includes postage and packing for most UK deliveries. For non-UK deliveries, we do not seek to make any mark up on postage and packing, but just cover the actual additional costs incurred. This guide sets out how we charge for postage where applicable.
Note that sales of second-hand books and magazines are all made exclusive of postage and packing, which will be added to the order, both within and outside the UK. The same principles as below apply when calculating the cost of second-hand deliveries.

Postal charges have become our biggest single challenge in recent times, with increases outstripping inflation and the creation of a new World Zone 3 introducing large price increases.

We always seek to use the best method and we spend considerable time to achieve value for our customers. Where pricing overlaps across different methods in some regions, we use the fastest method. On occasion to obtain the best service and value we may split an order into two, if it is more effective to do so.

Regular customers outside of the UK will know that once we have packed and weighed your order, we will manually apply the costs to your order. We will only contact you if the card issuer declines the adjustment. Where P&P costs are shown as variable and you wish to clarify before proceeding, please e-mail us at sales@air-britain.com and request the pricing.

Check here for your Postcode Zone within UK & British Isles –
https://www.parcelforce.com/sites/default/files/UKPostcodelistv2Aug19.pdf
and here for your World Zone category –
https://www.royalmail.com/international-zones#worldzone1
Postal rates across the world are constantly being updated, so it is always worth checking the current rates.

Within United Kingdom & British Isles

Most parts of the United Kingdom fall within the standard Zone 1 rates, as included within our list prices. See below for those areas that fall into different pricing zones.
Letters and Small Parcels under 2Kg
Within mainland UK anything under 2Kg that can be sent as a small parcel will go via Royal Mail and is included within the list price.
Large Parcels and everything over 2Kg
Anything over 2Kg will go via courier service, with those sent to the UK Zone 1 being included within the list price.

There are exceptions for the following areas/zones -
Zone 2 (Highlands & Islands of Scotland);
Zone 3 (Northern Ireland – Isle of Man – Isles of Scilly);
These both incur additional variable costs. These have to be calculated once the package is weighed. If you require to know exact costs before purchase please request by prior contact via the Sales@air-britain.com e-mail;
Zone 4 (Channel Islands) this incurs an additional fixed charge of £5.00;

Within Europe
Letters and Small Parcels under 3Kg
Within Europe most items under 3Kg that can be sent as a letter or small parcel will go via normal surface Mail, and the prices range for £4.50 for a letter up to £12.00 depending upon weight of the packaged item.
Large Parcels and everything over 3Kg
Anything over 3Kg is sent by a tracked service and the costs depend upon the size and weight of the parcel plus the destination country. Here are the most popular destinations we send to: –

Zone 5 (Republic of Ireland) £12.00
Zone 6 (Belgium, Luxembourg, & Netherlands) £11.00
Zone 7 (Denmark, France, Germany & Monaco) £13.50
Zone 8 (Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal) £23.00
Zone 9 (Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden & Switzerland) £30.00
Other European destinations depend upon weight of package.

Within World Zone 1 (WZ1)
This covers many countries, not defined as being in Europe or World Zone 2/3. World Zone 1 generally covers countries in North America (excluding the USA), South America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and South East Asia.

Letters and Small Parcels under 3Kg (for Canada under 2kg)
Within WZ1 most items under 3Kg that can be sent as a letter or small parcel will go via normal surface Mail, and the prices range for £6.00 for a small envelope, up to £28.00 depending upon the weight of the packaged item.
Large Parcels and everything over 3Kg (over 2kg for Canada)
The pricing for these destinations varies upon size and weight, but generally the price starts at £30.00 and rises accordingly, approximately at £5.00 per kg.

Within World Zone 2 (WZ2)
This covers all remaining countries not in Europe or WZ1 above, but excludes the USA, and the most popular countries being Australia, New Zealand and their associated islands, plus Singapore.

Letters and Small Parcels under 3Kg
Within WZ2 most items under 3Kg that can be sent as a letter or small parcel will go via normal surface Mail, and the prices range for £8.00 for a small envelope, up to £32.00 depending upon weight of the packaged item.
Large Parcels and everything over 3Kg
The pricing for these destinations varies upon size and weight, but generally the price starts at £35.00 and rises accordingly, approximately at £6.00 per kg.

Within World Zone 3 (WZ3)
This zone was brought in in 2020 and only covers United States of America, with the biggest rate rise recently.

Letters and Small Parcels under 3Kg
Within WZ3 most items under 3Kg that can be sent as a letter or small parcel will go via normal surface Mail, and the prices range for £9.00 for a small envelope, up to £35.00 depending upon weight of the packaged item.
Large Parcels and everything over 3Kg
The pricing for these destinations varies upon size and weight, but generally the price starts at £38.00 and rises accordingly, approximately at £6.00 per kg.

World Pandemic Surcharges**
Due to the effects of the Corona Virus Pandemic, World Zones 2 & 3 are currently subject to additional surcharges due to the low levels of available capacity for freight. These charges are in addition to the normal rates shown under the respective zones above. Where these costs are concerned, we have been contacting customers before proceeding for authorisation.
Check your surcharge here -
https://www.parcelforce.com/business-parcels/covid19-surcharges

Customs Declarations
For all shipments outside the UK, we are required to show a Customs Declaration on the outside of the parcel.
Goods may be subject to customs charges and fees. These depend on the contents’ value. The recipient will have to pay these before the parcel is released to them.
The customs authorities in the destination country determine if charges are due on imported goods.
The levels and thresholds of charges vary from country to country. We cannot advise on what these may be, or be liable for these charges.

** Surcharges are subject to change without notice


Issued 07 January 2021 and subject to changes due to circumstances beyond Air-Britain’s control.

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