If you find yourself needing to mail a package across the country or even to the other side of the world, then there are many options to go for. Hand-to-hand couriers ensure that your package reach safely and the receiving persons signs a document to declare that they got the mail in their hands. But some courier services are more popular than others. These rankings mainly depend on their deliver times.
Below is a list of the best international courier services.
10. Japan Post Service
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Japan Post Service is a part of Japan Post Holdings, that has spent its time as number 6 on the Fortune Global 500. Part of the government as of now, Japan Post Service has expressed plans to be fully privatized in the near future.
9. Royal Mail
Royal Mail is England’s USPS, which is a mail collection and distribution service owned by the government. After going down in several trade deficits the previous decade, Royal Mail once again increased its reputation and posted a full-year profit after twenty years.
8. Parcelforce Worldwide
A direct competitor to the worldwide delivery brands including DHL and FedEx, Parcelforce is the largest private courier service in the United Kingdom. It is headquartered in Milton Keynes, UK.
7. YRC Worldwide
YRC Worldwide specializes in heavyweight shipment and is popular among commercial trading firms. It was almost bankrupt in 2009 but has been able to post some profits since. The total number employed by this company is around 50,000 people.
6. TNT N.V.
This company is headquartered in Hoofddorp, Netherlands and is one of the most popular courier firms in Western European countries, including the UK, Germany and Belgium. In 2006, TNT N.V. sold off its logistics department and has been focusing on express delivery services.
5. Schenker AG
Schenker AG once held the claim of being the No. 1 European land transport company and second place in world air transport. It employs 91,000 in 2,400 offices worldwide.
4. United States Postal Service
After Wal-Mart, the USPS is number 2 on the list of the largest civilian employers. However, this company is limited to shipping only within the United States boundaries.
3. FedEx Corporation
FedEx owns a very large number of specialized aircrafts for the transport of cargo shipments. The number of planes is so large that it is topped only by Delta Air Lines. It is headquartered in the city of Memphis in Tennessee, United States.
2. DHL Express
DHL started as a simple courier service that operated only between Honolulu and San Francisco to connect the island state to mainland USA. This was way back in 1969. Today it is one of the largest shipping companies in the world with a total of 500,000 employees.
1. United Parcel Service, Inc.
More popularly known simply as UPS, more than 15 million packages are delivered every to around 6.1 million people in more than 220 countries. Just about every bit of land on the face of the Earth is covered by this company in its trademark brown trucks and an array of more than 200 aircrafts.