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Shipping test of CBD products (hemp seeds) in Europe and worldwide: courier comparison by Premicanna.store

2024-03-07
Shipping test of CBD products (hemp seeds) in Europe and worldwide: courier comparison by Premicanna.store

Introduction: A brief introduction to the topic, indicating the growing interest in CBD products and the challenges of shipping internationally.

Methodology: Description of how we conducted the test, including information that all shipments were made from within Poland.

Results: A section divided into sections, each dedicated to a different courier. Each section will include information on:

  • DPD
  • InPost Paczkomaty
  • DHL Express
  • DHL Parcel
  • FedEx
  • UPS

For each courier we will describe:

  • To which countries CBD products were successfully delivered.
  • Where couriers refused to transport cannabis products.
  • Delivery times.
  • Shipping costs (if relevant for comparison).
  • Additional notes (e.g. documents required, restrictions).

Analysis: Comparison of experiences with different couriers, indicating the best options for specific regions or shipping types.

Conclusions: Summary of test results, recommendations for individuals and companies interested in shipping CBD products.

FAQS: Answers to frequently asked questions about CBD shipping.

Internal shipment of CBD products within Poland

DPD ✅✅✅✅

Poland -> Poland

✅ Shipping

 

Poland -> European Union

✅ Shipping, we haven't tested

 

Poland -> UK

✅ Shipping, we haven't tested

 

Poland -> Outside the European Union

❌ Not shipping

 

Scope of delivery: DPD has proven to be a reliable partner for the delivery of CBD products within Poland. All shipments have reached recipients in every region of the country without any problems.

Delivery time: As a standard, delivery took 1 working day, which shows the high efficiency and speed of DPD's services.

Condition of parcels: The DPD couriers treated the parcels with care - all of them arrived intact, which is key to maintaining the quality of CBD products.

International shipping: We did not test DPD shipping outside Poland. Based on the available information, DPD does not offer the possibility to ship CBD products outside the European Union.

InPost Paczkomaty ✅✅✅✅.

Poland -> Poland

✅ They ship, we have not tested

 

Poland -> European Union

❌ Not shipping

 

Poland -> UK

❌ Not shipping

 

Poland -> Outside the European Union

❌ Does not ship

 

 

Scope of delivery: InPost, through its network of parcel machines, provided efficient and reliable delivery of CBD products exclusively in Poland. The parcel machine system allows customers to collect their parcels at a time and place convenient to them.

Delivery time: InPost maintains a high regularity of deliveries, usually completing them within 1-2 working days, which is comparable to the services of competing couriers.

Parcel status: As with DPD, no problems with parcel damage were reported. Parcels were not lost and the parcel system provided additional security.

International shipping: InPost does not offer the possibility to ship CBD products outside Poland via parcel machines, which limits its use to domestic CBD shipments.

DPD and InPost analysis

DPD and InPost Paczkomaty proved to be reliable options for domestic shipments in Poland, offering fast and safe delivery of CBD products. Both couriers ensured that shipments arrived intact, which is key to maintaining the quality and efficacy of CBD products. However, being limited to domestic shipments poses a challenge for customers and businesses interested in international CBD distribution.

In the following sections of this article, we will look at how other couriers handle shipping CBD products across Europe and around the world to offer a fuller picture of the shipping options available.

 

Shipments from Poland to the European Union

List of EU countries to which we have successfully delivered a consignment:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Hungary
  • Italy

DHL Parcel ✅✅✅✅

Poland -> Poland

✅ Shipping

 

Poland -> European Union

✅ Shipping

 

Poland -> UK

✅ Shipping

 

Poland -> Outside the European Union

❌ Not shipping

 

Scope of delivery: DHL Parcel has proven to be an extremely effective courier for delivering parcels containing CBD products to countries in the European Union and the UK. The service has gained recognition for its reliability and wide delivery range.

Delivery times: The standard delivery time to EU countries was typically 3-5 working days, which is satisfactory and meets the expectations of most customers. In the case of the UK, despite additional customs charges due to Brexit, parcels were delivered in around 10 working days.

Shipping experience: Throughout the year of testing, only three parcels went missing - two of significant value and one during the busy Christmas period. Although the rate of lost parcels is low, the process of claiming the value of lost parcels has proven to be time-consuming and complicated, which is an area for improvement.

Customer service and procedures: One aspect that needs attention is the process of reporting and claiming value for lost parcels. The lack of a simple form and complicated procedure can be a barrier for customers, especially for high-value parcels.

Conclusions: DHL Parcel stands out as a solid and reliable partner for shipping CBD products within the European Union and to the UK. Its services are characterised by good delivery times and a high level of reliability. However, the company should improve the reporting and compensation process for lost shipments to further improve customer satisfaction. Despite these minor inconveniences, DHL Parcel remains one of the best choices for companies and individuals looking for an efficient way to ship CBD products internationally.

 

Shipments from Poland to Countries outside the European Union

 

List of countries OUTSIDE the EU to which shipments of CBD products have been successful:

  • Isle of Man
  • United Kingdom

DHL Express

Poland -> Poland

❌ Not shipping

 

Poland -> European Union

❌ Does not ship

 

Poland -> United Kingdom

❌ Not sending

 

Poland -> Non-EU

❌ Does not ship

 

Shipping range: During our CBD product shipping test, DHL Express proved to be a courier that does not accept shipments containing cannabis products, regardless of the type. This policy limits how DHL Express can be used in the context of CBD product distribution.

Customer communication: The shipping restrictions were explained by DHL Express representative, Jakub Kolodziej, in direct correspondence. This information was not clearly communicated beforehand, which led to misunderstandings and unforeseen costs.

Shipping experience: Our attempt to ship CBD products to Iceland via DHL Express was unsuccessful. Despite paying around £800 for the shipment and including all required customs documents, the package was returned from the sorting office in Wrocław. We are currently awaiting reimbursement for the costs incurred.

Conclusions: DHL Express, despite its reputation and global reach, is not a suitable courier for shipping CBD products. These limitations are important for businesses and individual customers who are considering international distribution of CBD. It is important to carefully check each courier's policy on shipments containing cannabis products before planning a shipment to avoid similar misunderstandings and financial losses.

FedEx ✅✅✅✅

Poland -> Poland

✅ Shipping

 

Poland -> European Union

✅ Shipping, we have not tested

 

Poland -> UK

✅ Shipping, we haven't tested

 

Poland -> Outside EU

✅ Shipping

 

Delivery range: FedEx stands out as the only courier that has allowed us to efficiently ship CBD products from Poland to the rest of the world, which is a significant advantage for companies and individual customers interested in the global CBD market. In our test, we focused on Iceland as a target delivery country.

Shipping process: Setting up an account with FedEx is a quick and hassle-free process, making it easy to manage shipments. The company offers extensive integration options, which is particularly beneficial for businesses looking for efficient logistics solutions. Payments for shipments are made by card, further speeding up and simplifying the shipping process.

Acceptance of CBD products: FedEx does not impose restrictions on the shipping of CBD products, which is a great convenience. However, keep in mind that customs regulations and laws in the destination country are crucial. In our case, shipping to Iceland went smoothly, as CBD is legal there.

Shipping experience: The shipment to Iceland via FedEx was completed successfully, which confirms the efficiency and reliability of this courier in the international circulation of CBD products. The company is popular and trusted by its customers, which is a plus.

Conclusions: FedEx is a solid option for those who want to ship CBD products outside of Europe and around the world. With no restrictions on the type of products shipped and the ability to reach a wide range of countries, FedEx represents a high standard of courier service in the CBD industry. However, it is important to carefully review the destination country's customs and legal regulations before shipping to avoid potential problems.

UPS

Poland -> Poland

❌ Not shipping

 

Poland -> European Union

❌ Does not ship

 

Poland -> United Kingdom

❌ Not sending

 

Poland -> Non-EU

❌ Does not ship

 

Delivery range: UPS, one of the world's leading global courier service providers, has clearly stated its policy on shipping CBD products. According to information obtained directly from a UPS Poland representative, Ms Beata Ciesielska from the Export Department, the company does not ship this

Summary

Our test of shipping CBD products from Poland to various countries around the world using different couriers revealed significant differences in delivery policies and options. FedEx stood out as the only courier that enabled efficient shipping of CBD products worldwide, without imposing restrictions on the contents of parcels. DHL Parcel, on the other hand, proved to be a reliable partner in delivering parcels within the European Union and to the UK, offering fast and safe delivery. DPD and InPost Paczkomaty provided robust options for domestic shipments in Poland. UPS and DHL Express, with their restrictive CBD policies, are a constraint for companies looking for global logistics solutions.

For CBD businesses, choosing the right courier is crucial to the success of international distribution. It is important to thoroughly research and understand each courier provider's policies to avoid confusion and maximise logistical efficiency.

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