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Niger is officially known as the Republic of the Niger and is located to the West of Africa. The country is the largest in West Africa, with 80% of its land covered by the Sahara Desert. The country shares its borders with Algeria to its northwest, Mali and Burkina Faso to the west, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Libya to the northeast and Chad to the east.
The country gained its independence from France on 11 July 1960. The country immediately suffered a large drought and it wasn’t until the late 1970s that economic development began to take place. There was a boom from uranium mining, which meant heavy investment in new roads, schools and health centres. However, political tension has since slowed growth and led to a number of military coups and government changes.
The country suffers from a severe threat of drought and desertification and so struggles to develop economically. Most of the population are subsistence farmers, although there is some fertile land to the south which does provide some exports. The country’s landlocked position, poor land, large desert terrain, overpopulation, lack of infrastructure and poor education are all factors which are hampering the development of the country.
Niger maintains good relations with countries in the West such as the UK. It is a member of the United Nations and is also a charter member of the African Union and the West African Monetary Union. Previously, foreign aid has been heavily relied upon to support the country’s budget. It is estimated that around 45% of the country’s budget is sourced from donors, meaning that cheap courier services to Niger is fairly common.
Niger parcel delivery is usually centered around the capital city of Niamey in the far southwest corner of Niger. In fact, of the 19 million strong population, most live in the far south or west of the country. Other popular towns for delivery include Zinder, Maradi, Agadez, Tahoua, Dosso, Birni-N’Konni, Tessaoua, Gaya and Dogondoutchi.
Transport around Niger does suffer difficulties, as many of the cities are separated by vast stretches of desert. The larger cities do have paved roads and there is a network which links them together making parcel delivery to Niger possible. Rural areas and their connections are mostly unpaved with varying degrees of maintenance. Roughly one third of the roads in the country are paved. The large Niger river lacks depth and is interrupted by a number of rapids. The main route for parcel delivery to Niger is through the Diori Hamani International Airport, in the capital city of Niamey. There are other airports in the country; however, they do not operate a regular service. A new railway extension began in 2014 to connect Niamey to Cotonou via Parakou.
Cheap delivery to Niger is simple when you use our website. We work with all of the major couriers, who we trust to send parcels internationally. We only work with companies who we know are reliable, quick and offer great customer service – our reputation depends on it.
We have designed our website to be quick and easy to use. For Niger parcel delivery, all you need is the pick-up address, delivery address, weight and parcel dimensions. Once entered, our website will search its range of courier prices and delivery timescales to find you the best deal for cheap parcel delivery to Niger. If you do happen to find a cheaper price, please let us know. We have fantastic relationships with our couriers and many will be able to offer preferential rates and cheap courier to Niger possible.
Choosing cheap delivery to Niger doesn’t mean it will be a poor service. All of our couriers offering cheap parcel delivery to Niger are able to collect from a home or work address, and some will also be able to collect from a local pick up point for your convenience. As soon as the parcel is collected, it will be traceable on the couriers tracking system for both yours and the recipients peace of mind. The courier will apply a barcode which is then scanned at each location the parcel passes through. If there are any holdups with your Niger parcel delivery, you will know exactly where your items are and how the delivery is progressing.
The average delivery time to Niger is three to five days; however, if the parcel does have to pass through customs clearance, this can add up to four to six weeks onto the delivery time. If your delivery is urgent, it may be worth choosing an item which will not need as much processing at the customs checkpoint.
Cheap courier to Niger starts from around £18.00. This is for a small 1kg parcel that is not an urgent delivery. If you are looking to for cheap shipping to Niger quickly or have a large, heavy item to send, you will be required to pay more. The prices displayed do not include any import taxes, which could be payable upon arrival into the country.
The UK is a key importer into Niger and around $100 million worth of goods are sent into the country each year. This is leading to a rise in couriers operating between the UK and Niger and prices for shipping are gradually decreasing.
Parcel delivery UK to Niger involves customs clearance, although the couriers we work with make this process simple. Your courier will send you a customs declaration form which will need to be filled out and attached before you send via cheap shipping to Niger. The form will ask you to list the contents of the parcel and also the estimated value when arranging to send a parcel to Niger. You will also need to include a commercial invoice; this is the case even if the parcel is a gift. The country is not part of the European Union and so there are no free trade agreements in place across the border.
Your parcel will be travelling a very large distance when being sent via parcel delivery to Niger from UK, so you should use a very strong box with parcel tape designed for secure shipping. It can help to use a box with arrows on the side to indicate which way the box should be held. The parcel will be passing through many manual handling facilities where damage is more likely, so using lots of bubble wrap and securing any moving parts is essential. You should also use a document holder to fit customs documentation to the outside of the parcel, because lost documents are the most frequent explanation for why a parcel does not reach its destination.
When labelling your parcel, you should centre align the address and include the postcode. Parcel delivery to Niger from UK are made to PO boxes within the local post office. If you have any queries relating to the address, the Universal Postal Union will be able to advise on how to correctly write the address and also what the postcode is.
There is no official list of items which cannot be imported into the country, so it is advisable to check with HM Revenue and Customs for up to date restrictions on parcel delivery to Niger from UK. Current items which are prohibited for entry include aerosols, live animals, cigarettes, currency, drugs, weapons, ammunition, telephones and alcohol. Some of the items which are restricted do catch people by surprise; for example, you are unable to send a parcel via our cheap courier services to Niger because it contains fruit juice, soap, cement, mosquito repellent and corrugated cardboard.
Therefore, if you’d like to track down the best courier for parcel delivery UK to Niger, use our comparison tool at Parcel Delivery now.