DPD UK’s Box Size and Shipping Prices

A reliable courier is a crucial part in any business model – especially eCommerce. One slip impacts your business operations, customers satisfactions, and your bottom line. Choosing the best courier service for your business is a weighty decision.

If you’re considering DPD as your courier service, you’re in the right place.

Our in-depth guide will show you with the ins and outs of the a prominent courier service in Europe. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a better picture of how DPD can serve your business needs.

DPD’s Domestic Shipping Services

DPD boasts boasts an impressive network that reaches every corner of the nation, making it an ideal choice for business owners. By collecting directly from your home or office, DPD quickly moves products around the country – even offering delivery before 10:30am the next working day!

All delivery options come with full tracking and insurance up to £50.

DPD UK’s Shipping Rates & Fees

DPD set their pricing based how they’ll collect the parcel from you, speed of delivery, and the weight.

Service Delivery Time Weight Price
Drop off – Shop to Shop 1-2 working day delivery up to 20kg £4.79
Drop off at Shop 1-2 working day delivery up to 20kg £7.67
Door 2 Door Next working day up to 5kg £9.35
Door 2 Door By 12pm next working day up to 5kg £17.99
Door 2 Door By 10:30am next working day up to 5kg £21.59
Door 2 Door Next working day heavier than 5kg £13.34
Door 2 Door By 12pm next working day heavier than 5kg £19.19
Door 2 Door By 10:30am next working day heavier than 5kg £22.79

Last updated: 1 September 2023

Drop off – Shop to Shop

With this cheapest option, DPD only ships between their chosen shops. You drop off your parcel off at a local DPD shop and your recipient will pick their parcel up from their chosen shop. As DPD don’t need to deliver straight to their door, they pass the savings on to you.

Drop off at Shop

This services requires you to drop the parcel off at your local DPD shop. The courier then picks up the parcel and drops it directly to your customer’s door.

Door 2 Door

All next working day options require a door to door delivery. DPD will collect the parcel direct from your home or office and deliver it to your customer’s door. With this option, you don’t have to carry lots of parcel to a local shop.

Parcel Sizes

DPD has two maximum parcel sizes – one for the Drop Off, the other for Next Day. The only difference is the width.

If your parcel is larger than any of the dimensions, get a specialised quote directly from DPD.

Drop off

  • Maximum Length 0.6 m
  • Maximum Height 0.6 m
  • Maximum Width 0.6 m

Next day

  • Maximum Length 1m
  • Maximum Height 0.6m
  • Maximum Width 0.7m

Good news! Both of our single wall and double wall cardboard boxes fit within theses requirements. Don’t stress about getting the wrong size with us!

DPD’s Europe & International Delivery

DPD keep international shipping simple. With parcel size and weight standardised, the price varies on destination and desired delivery time.

Fully tracked service and insurance up to £50 is included on every service.

Destination Service Delivery Time Price
Europe DPD Classic 3-4 working days £36.10
Europe Air Classic 3-5 working days £126.02
Europe Air Express 2 working days £110.83
USA Air Classic 3-6 working days £250.11
USA Air Express 2-4 working days £131.14
Africa Air Classic 3-6 working days £223.81
Africa Air Express 2-4 working days £259.87
India Air Classic 3-6 working days £195.27
India Air Express 2-4 working days £225.19
Austrailia Air Classic 4-7 working days £160.39
Austrialia Air Express 3-5 working days £197.68

Last updated: 1 September 2023

DPD Classic

Only available for Europe, DPD use their extensive road networks to get your parcel to your European customers.

Air Classic

DPD’s aircraft fleet takes your parcel to over 230 countries across the world. It’s great for businesses testing new markets.

Air Express

For businesses with an existing global presence, Air Express allows you to deliver your products faster than any other service.

Parcel Sizes & Weights

All international services follow the same restrictions:

  • Maximum Weight: 30 kg
  • Maximum Length: 1.75 m
  • Max Length+Girth: 3 m

Customs Clearance for DPD Shipments

DPD require you to have a commercial invoice attached to your parcel when shipping internationally. This helps comply with customs and ensure successful delivery of your parcel.

When you are booking your delivery, DPD will create the commercial invoice for you. Once booked, this is how DPD handles your parcel through the customs clearance:

  1. DPD collects your parcel
  2. They deliver it to their International Gateway
  3. Your parcel is exported through a Custom Clearance hub
  4. DPD will collect Duties and Taxes if payable
  5. DPD will deliver your parcel

Insurance Options

All delivery services come with a standard £50 compensation cover.

For parcels valued higher than £50, you can pay an additional fee to cover. DPD will cover a maximum value of £5000. The more valuable parcel, the higher fee will be.

You can purchase additional insurance when you purchase the shipping.


Value Covered Insurance Fee
£50 £0 (included)
£100 £2.50
£250 £10.00
£500 £22.50
£1000 £47.50
£5000 £247.50

Last updated: 1 September 2023

How to Track your DPD Parcel

Knowing exactly where your shipment is at any given moment provides peace of mind for both you and your customers. With DPD, tracking your parcels sent from the UK is straightforward and accessible. The company offers several methods to ensure you can keep a close eye on your delivery every step of the way.

DPD Online Tracking

The most common method to track your DPD parcels is through their online tracking system. This allows you to check the status of your shipment 24/7, from any device with an internet connection. All you need is the parcel number and delivery postcode.

  1. Visit the DPD website 
  2. Enter your parcel number in the tracking field and hit ‘Track’.

Tip: If you want to track up to 30 parcel numbers at once, use DPD’s Track It service.


For a more convenient way to track your parcels, install the DPD mobile app. It offers a real-time tracking feature, which means you can watch your parcel move from point A to B in real time. You can also opt for push notifications to be alerted of any status changes.



How to Prepare your DPD Parcel

Preparing your package for shipping with DPD is a straightforward task, yet requires a keen attention to detail to ensure your items arrive safely at their destination. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to go about it:

  1. Choose the Right Packaging: Select a box that’s sturdy and well-suited to the size and weight of your item. Make sure it’s in good condition, with no damages or tears.
  2. Wrap Your Item: Wrap each item in your package individually. This is particularly important if you’re shipping multiple items in the same package. Use paper bubble wrap or newspaper offcuts.
  3. Fill Empty Spaces: To prevent your items from moving around during transit, fill any empty spaces in your box with packing peanuts or crumpled paper.
  4. Seal Your Package: Use strong tape to seal your package. Do not use string, as this can get caught in DPD’s automated sorting machines.
  5. Label Your Package: Clearly write or print the recipient’s address and your return address on the package. If you’re using a pre-printed label, ensure it’s firmly attached and easily visible.

Packaging Options for Your DPD UK Shipments

Delivering your products is just one part of the process.

You’ve got the pack your product first.

But you can’t just use any old box, especially if you want your parcel to arrive in one piece.

With SmithPackaging, you can order all your packaging supplies from one place.

From extra strong cardboard boxes to eco-friendly filler, we’ll help your product stay safe as it goes from A -> B.

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