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You can follow your parcel being sent abroad if we get that Track & Trace information from our foreign colleagues. Follow it in Track & Trace or via the My bpost app.

The price to send a parcel depends on the weight, size and destination. It is easy to calculate the price online. It's also easy to create the shipping label online or in the My bpost app.

If your parcel was not delivered, check the status of your shipment via Track & Trace or the My bpost app first. Then contact our Customer Care Centre. If it is not clear where your parcel is, you should contact our customer service via the online form at the bottom of this page.

Sometimes a parcel is in transit for longer than expected. If the status of your Track & Trace has not changed more than 2 weeks after shipment you should contact our customer service, preferrably via the online form at the bottom of this page. This way you can immediately provide all the necessary information and documents to process your file.

You can follow your parcel online with Track & Trace or the My bpost app. If you have a bpost account, you can also follow your parcel in the bpost shipping tool. You'll need the barcode number or the reference of your parcel. Those details are on your shipping label or you received them via text message or e-mail; they are also on the shipping receipt or Post Office receipt.

Go to Track & Trace or the My bpost app. Enter the postcode and the numbers under the barcode on the shipping label. The numbers are also listed on the receipt or shipping receipt that you got in a Post Office or Post Point.

To deliver your parcel correctly, we need the following details:

  • Your address. That is important if your parcel is returned.
  • If you choose delivery to a specific address: first name, last name, street, number, postcode, city and e-mail address of the addressee. That way we can take his/her delivery preferences into account. If you send the parcel to a Parcel Locker, then the e-mail address is required.
  • If you choose delivery to a Pick-up Point or Parcel Locker: choose a location from the list. This option is only possible if you create your shipping label online.

To send a parcel, you must know its weight.

If the status of your parcel does not change in Track & Trace, there may be different causes:

  • Your parcel is delayed.
  • Our foreign colleagues cannot give Track & Trace information about your parcel.

If the status of your parcel remains unchanged for more than 2 weeks and the addressee has not received anything, please contact our customer service preferably via the online form at the bottom of this page.

This way you can immediately provide all the necessary information and documents to process your file. Only the sender can open a file with us for this purpose. If you are the addressee, please contact the sender.

  • All-in package (box + shipping label) that fits in letterboxes
  • Regular boxes in different sizes
  • Gift boxes in different sizes
  • Padded envelopes

To send a parcel, you need a shipping label. You purchase your shipping label online, in the My bpost app or in a Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Point.

  • Create a shipping label online or in the app and print it at home or on payment in a Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Point.
  • Purchase your shipping label in a Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Point (depending on the available selection).
  • Order it from the bpost eShop (sold per 10) or buy a pre-stamped package.

If you want to send a parcel within Belgium, then:

  • your parcel cannot weigh more than 30 kg
  • the longest side cannot be longer than 1.5 m
  • the total dimension cannot be greater than 3 m (1 x length + 2 x width + 2 x height)

If you use a Parcel Locker, the following conditions apply:

  • The maximum weight is 30 kg.
  • The minimum size is 145 mm x 112 mm.
  • The maximum size is 420 mm x 310 mm x 580 mm.

The following rules apply for cylinders:

  • Weight: maximum 30 kg
  • Length: maximum 1.5 m
  • Diameter: maximum 400 mm

You can choose from different delivery possibilities:

  • At a home or work address
  • In one of the 2300 bpost Pick-up Points:
    • Post Office
    • Post Point
    • Parcel Point
    • Parcel Locker

If you send goods, they must always be sent as a parcel. The price to send a parcel abroad depends on the weight, size, destination and the options you choose. With bpost you can send parcels of up to 30 kg to more than 220 countries. Make your shipping label online, via the eShop, or go to a Post Office or Post Point.

The current postal legislation forbids the sending of letters or parcels with the following contents:

1. Dangerous goods:

Dangerous objects are objects that, due to their shape, nature or packaging, can be dangerous for people or can damage other shipments, the equipment of bpost, or the goods of third-parties (including parcels). Some daily objects also cannot be sent with the post. These include lighters, perfume, manicure products, glue, paint, flammable liquids, spray cans, deodorants under pressure, hair dye and lithium batteries.

You can find the overview in 9 groups via this link.
Exception! bpost accepts lithium batteries under these conditions.

2. Prohibited items:

  • Drugs, narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Weapons, essential parts of weapons and ammunition, imitation firearms, knives, swords, daggers and any other sharp or cutting object
  • Objects, texts or general substances of which the import, export, production, circulation, distribution, use, possession, sale or transport are forbidden by law
  • Objects that include statements that contravene public order or common decency 
  • Shipments that mention forbidden destinations or contain forbidden goods according to commercial law
  • Shipments that contain counterfeit goods
  • Coins, banknotes and bearer bonds (exception: personal cheques with a maximum value of €500 per parcel and a basic guarantee)
  • Jewellery (exception: costume jewellery that does not contain gold, silver or gemstones, is not worth more than €500 per parcel and has a basic guarantee), works of art and collections or other valuable materials, including animal pelts
  • Parcels whose value is more than €25,000 

Here's how to create a shipping label online or in the My bpost app:

  • Go to the online shipping tool or the app and choose between a national or international shipment.
  • Choose a delivery method: an address, Parcel Locker or Pick-up point. Enter the weight and if desired choose extra options.
  • Enter your details then those of the addressee.
  • Pay and print your shipping label. Or choose the 'Print my shipping label' option and have it printed in a Post Office or Post Point.

You can use stamps instead of a shipping label if your shipment does not exceed the following dimensions and weight:

  • Width: 230 mm
  • Length: 350 mm
  • Height: 30 mm
  • Weight: 2 kg

Please note: if you send a parcel with stamps, then there is no barcode and you cannot follow it with Track & Trace. A shipping label has a barcode and can be followed with Track & Trace.

We deliver your parcel to the addressee the next workday in Belgium if you:

  • place the parcel in the red mailbox before the last collection – make sure that your parcel can fit through the opening
  • hand in the parcel during the opening hours of your Post Office, Post Point, Parcel Point or Parcel Box
  • drop the parcel in a Parcel Locker before the last collection

The longest side of your parcel can be maximum 1.5 m long. If you add up the dimensions, that cannot be more than 3 m (1 x length + 2 x width + 2 x height).

These rules apply for light parcels:

  • Parcel weighs maximum 2 kg.
  • Longest side is maximum 60 cm.
  • All dimensions together are maximum 90 cm.
  • If the parcel is a cylinder: maximum 60 cm long and 20 cm diameter.

Other parcels can weigh 30 kg.

You print and attach your shipping label as follows:

  • Print your shipping label (at home) or choose the option ‘Print in a Post Office or Post Point'.
  • Attach the shipping label to your parcel with strong tape. Make sure that it is water-proof and can withstand transportation.

You can send your parcel by leaving it in one of our Parcel Lockers. They are found all over Belgium, near supermarkets, train stations, office buildings, etc.

  • Buy a shipping label online.
  • Bring your parcel to a Parcel Locker in your neighbourhood.
  • Scan the code on your shipping label or enter the barcode manually.
  • Place the parcel in the locker; a locker door will open automatically. If the locker is too small, touch the 'Report a problem' button on the screen and close the locker door. A larger locker will open.
  • Close the locker door and confirm on the screen.

You will receive an e-mail when the postman picks up your parcel. Follow your parcel with Track & Trace or the My bpost app.

It's possible to send your parcel with a guarantee. That means the recipient must sign for receipt and you have a guarantee up to €500 if your parcel is lost or damaged. To send your parcel with a guarantee, click on the ‘Guarantee (up to €500)’ option on the online mailing tool. Or ask about it in the Post Office or Post Point. You will have to pay extra for this option.

Once you have created and paid for the shipping label, you cannot change it. You must create a new one.

  • Ask the addressee if he/she looked in their letterbox or whether someone else has accepted the parcel.
  • Ask the addressee whether the parcel was delivered to the neighbours or in a safe place, whether or not in accordance with his/her delivery preferences. If the addressee cannot find the parcel, please contact our customer service via the online form at the bottom of this page. This way you can immediately provide all the necessary information and documents to process your file.

Only you, as a sender, can open a file for this purpose.

  • Post Office
  • Post Point
  • Parcel Point (depends on stocks in the shop)
  • eShop

bpost packaging comes in different sizes. There is a suitable box for every parcel.

Once you have handed in your parcel, you can no longer change the address. If the foreign postal service cannot deliver the parcel, it will be returned to you.

For DVD-sized shipments up to 1 kg, we have the cheapest all-in solution. You'll find those pre-stamped packages in our eShop or in a Post Office.

If your parcel weighs more than 1 kg, then this is the cheapest option: provide your own box, create the shipping label online or in the My bpost app, print it at home then hand in your parcel at a Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Point.

Follow your parcel with Track & Trace or the My bpost app. You'll need the barcode number or the reference of your parcel. Those details are on your shipping label or you received them via text message or e-mail; they are also on the shipping receipt or Post Office receipt.

If you want extra assurance, choose the shipping solution with confirmation of receipt. In that case, the receiver must give his/her name, signature and the date upon receipt. In the event of a dispute, this document is legally valid

With a regular shipping label, without extra options, we only reimburse the shipping costs of your parcel if we are responsible for the loss or damage. You can purchase a guarantee. Indicate the option 'Guarantee (€500)' online.

If you create your shipping label online, indicate in the shopping basket – before paying – that you want to receive a receipt or invoice. You cannot request proof of payment afterwards.

 You can hand in your parcel in different places:

  • In a Post Office – in some offices you'll find special Parcel Boxes.
  • In a Parcel Point
  • In a Parcel Locker
  • For a fee you can have it picked up at your home.
  • In a MassPost Center (for more than 20 parcels per day)

To send your parcel abroad, you need a shipping label. You can buy a shipping label online, in our eShop, or in a Post Office or Post Point. For a destination outside the European Union you must also add customs documents.

In a Post Office, Post Point, Parcel Point and in our eShop, you'll find everything that you need to send your parcel:

  • Materials to protect the contents of your parcel
  • Packaging
  • shipping labels

Also handy: you'll find pre-stamped boxes in our eShop.

You can use your own box or a bpost box to send your parcel. Choose a strong box and protect the contents with padding material.

 

You can buy your shipping label in a Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Point or have the shipping label that you created online printed there. In your shopping basket – before you pay – indicate the option ‘Print in a Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Point’. Please note: this choice is valid for your entire order and not per label. Some Post Offices and Parcel Points have a kiosk where you can create your shipping label.

If you send a parcel to a destination outside the European Union, you must complete a CN23 form, you must also include the invoice or pro forma invoice, and a Single Administrative Document if necessary. You place those documents in a plastic sheet protector and tape it on the parcel.

  • On the CN23 document you must list the contents of your parcel in detail. You attach the label on the box.
  • Add the original invoice or pro forma invoice and 3 copies.
  • If the shipment is worth more than €1000, then a Single Administrative Document is also required.

Your shipment automatically becomes a parcel if it exceeds at least one of these dimensions and the weight below:

  • Width: 230 mm
  • Length: 350 mm
  • Height: 30 mm
  • Weight: 2 kg

You need the following details to create a shipping label:

  • Your address
  • Address of the addressee or Pick-up Point of your choice
  • E-mail address of the addressee (required if you send to a Parcel Locker)
  • The dimensions and weight of your parcel
  • The desired options, for example whether you want to receive a confirmation text message
  • A printer You do not need special printer paper to print your shipping label. If you don't have a printer, choose the 'Print my shipping label' option and have it printed on payment in a Post Office or Post Point .

Tip: tape the label on the top of the package with strong tape.

Depending on the type of parcel you send, you can purchase your shipping labels online in our online shipping tool or in the My bpost app, via the eShop, and in a Post Office or Post Point. Parcels up to 30 kg:

  • In a Post Office or Post Point
  • In our eShop
  • Via our online shipping tool and the My bpost app you create and print the shipping label that can be attached to your parcel. If you don't have a printer, choose 'Print my shipping label' and have it printed in a Post Office or Post Point.

Parcels up to 2 kg:

  • In a Post Office or Post Point
  • In our eShop

Express shipments:

  • In a Post Office or Post Point

Tip for your shipping label: put it in a plastic sheet protector or cover it with transparent tape. The label must be able to withstand a bit of rain.

Tips for sending a fragile parcel:

  • Make sure that two fragile objects don't touch - place something between them.
  • Fill the empty space in the box with blister padding or other material.

bpost does not have a specific way of sending fragile objects.

You will have to add customs documents to parcels being sent to the United Kingdom as from 1 January 2021:

  • CN23 document
  • Original invoice or pro forma invoice and 3 copies
  • Single Administrative Document if the shipment is worth more than €1000

There is a transition period until the end of 2020 so these are currently not required.

You find the different locations for handing in your parcel and their opening hours:

  • On the bpost website
  • In the online shipping tool bpost

Post Points are open longer on some days.

Euro-Sprinters is our courier service for urgent deliveries. If you place an order today, then it will be collected and delivered today.

bpost delivers the parcel based on the stated address. If your addressee no longer lives there, we register that the address is not correct or that the addressee no longer lives there. bpost sends the parcel back to you.

If you think that your parcel was wrongfully sent back to you, you can report this via the online form at the bottom of this page.

The delivery period of your parcel varies between 2 and 10 workdays depending on the foreign destination. If you want your parcel to be delivered faster, choose an express shipment. Express delivery periods are between 1 and 5 workdays.

The fastest way to send your parcel is with our courier service Euro-Sprinters. If you place an order today, then it will be collected and delivered today.
bpost also delivers parcels quickly. If you send a parcel, we try to deliver it the next workday.

Your parcel with fragile contents is treated with just as much care as other shipments. We do not have a separate approach.

You pay for your mailing label in the online mailing tool with MasterCard, Visa, Bancontact, Belfius, KBC, ING and PayPal.

Having an account makes sending a parcel much easier:

  • Your address (as sender) is entered automatically.
  • You immediately click on the correct addressee in your personal address list.
  • Your order history is saved.
  • You can reuse the details of a previous shipment to send a parcel quickly.
  • You can upload a CSV file to make multiple shipping labels at the same time.

You can only order shipping labels in the eShop in sets of 5 or 10. For one shipping label we recommend that you use our online shipping tool or go to a Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Point.

You can drop off your parcel in many Parcel Lockers 24/7. Some Post Offices also have a Parcel Box that is accessible around the clock. You can check the opening hours of all Parcel Lockers and Parcel Boxes via the link below.

When you create a shipping label, you can choose these options:

  • Guarantee and signature: your parcel is protected against damage and loss. And the postman asks the receiver to sign for receipt.
  • Confirmation of receipt: you receive a text message or e-mail when the parcel is delivered, if the parcel could not be delivered, or if the addressee has not collected the parcel in the Post Office or Post Point.

You can purchase a guarantee for your parcel. Then the contents are protected up to €500. Documents are protected up to €15.

You create your personal account in the online shipping tool as follows:

  • Surf to parcel.
  • Enter your first name, last name and e-mail address, indicate your gender, and choose a password.
  • Click on 'Register' to confirm.

You can prove the value of the contents of your parcel with an invoice or other document that confirms the value.

If the addressee refuses the parcel, the postman will bring it back to bpost and it will be sent back to you.

If you enter the e-mail address of the addressee, we can respect the delivery preferences that he/she entered in our tool. For a delivery to a Parcel Locker, we need the e-mail address to let the addressee know where and how he/she can pick up the parcel.

 

You'll find Parcel Boxes in many Post Offices. It makes handing in your parcel faster and easier. Parcel Boxes are in the Post Office or in an area that is open 24/7. Some Parcel Boxes have a scanner. Your parcel is scanned when you hand it in. If the Parcel Box doesn't have a scanner, you don't have a Shipping Receipt.

Yes, through the 'Send' menu you can easily create a shipping label in the app. You can just print the label at home, at a Post Office or at a Post Point near you.

Download the app:

For Android

For iPhone

bpost has the right to open shipments:

  • if they cannot be delivered to the addressee;
  • and if the address of the sender is not on the parcel.

If we still cannot deliver the shipment to the addressee's address after opening it, then the parcel can be destroyed as from a certain period after it was sent:

  • after 6 months for registered mail and shipments with a guarantee
  • after 3 months for other shipments

After the aforementioned period has expired, valuables and valuable documents included in these shipments become property of the Belgian Treasury.

You can buy pre-stamped boxes in the eShop, in Post Offices and Post Points. They range from a pre-stamped, DVD-sized box for small parcels to fashion bags (large bags for sending clothing).

You can have your parcel picked up at your home on payment or you bring it to a Post Office or Post Point. Create your shipping label online in advance. Or purchase shipping labels or a pre-stamped box via our eShop.

You can hand in your parcel or have it picked up:

  • Hand in your parcel at one of our Post Points: Post Offices, Post Points, Parcel Points and Parcel Lockers.
  • Have your parcel for outside Belgium picked up at home or at work. There are costs associated with this service.

If you want to send more than 20 parcels per day, you can use one of our 19 MassPost Centres.

The countries in the European Union:

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

The United Kingdom does not require them for the time being, but that will change due to Brexit at the beginning of 2021.

There are a few territories that do not belong to the fiscal area of the EU. Those countries do require customs documents.

 

You receive a confirmation of receipt if you click on the 'Confirmation of Receipt' payable option on the online shipping tool. Or if you choose that option in the Post Office or Post Point. You will have to pay extra for this option.

With this option, you receive a text message or e-mail when:

  • The parcel is delivered
  • The parcel could not be delivered because the addressee was not home. In that case, your parcel is sent to the nearest Pick-up Point.
  • The addressee has not collected it from the Post Office, Post Point or Parcel Locker.

Your parcel does not receive extra protection if you send it in a bpost box. With a regular shipping label, without extra options, we only reimburse the shipping costs of your parcel if we are responsible for the loss or damage. You can purchase a guarantee. Indicate the option 'Guarantee (€500)' online.

Once you have attached the shipping label to your parcel and placed it in one of bpost's Post Points, you can no longer edit the shipping details. Your addressee can edit his/her delivery preferences online or via the My bpost app (for all parcels or per parcel).

The current postal legislation forbids the sending of letters or parcels with the following contents:

1. Dangerous goods:

Dangerous objects are objects that, due to their shape, nature or packaging, can be dangerous for people or can damage other shipments, the equipment of bpost, or the goods of third-parties (including parcels). Some daily objects also cannot be sent with the post. These include lighters, perfume, manicure products, glue, paint, flammable liquids, spray cans, deodorants under pressure, hair dye and lithium batteries.

You can find the overview in 9 groups via this link.
Exception! bpost accepts lithium batteries under these conditions.

2. Prohibited items:

  • Drugs, narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Weapons, essential parts of weapons and ammunition, imitation firearms, knives, swords, daggers and any other sharp or cutting object
  • Objects, texts or general substances of which the import, export, production, circulation, distribution, use, possession, sale or transport are forbidden by law
  • Objects that include statements that contravene public order or common decency 
  • Shipments that mention forbidden destinations or contain forbidden goods according to commercial law
  • Shipments that contain counterfeit goodsCoins, banknotes and bearer bonds (exception: personal cheques with a maximum value of €500 per parcel and a basic guarantee)
  • Jewellery (exception: costume jewellery that does not contain gold, silver or gemstones, is not worth more than €500 per parcel and has a basic guarantee), works of art and collections or other valuable materials, including animal pelts
  • Parcels whose value is more than €25,000 

To send a parcel to another country, you need the address and e-mail address of the addressee for the shipping label. For destinations outside the European Union, you must add a customs declaration:

  • CN23 document, our online shipping tool creates that automatically.
  • Original invoice or pro forma invoice and 3 copies
  • Single Administrative Document if the shipment is worth more than €1000

Your parcel is delivered the next workday in Belgium if you:

  • place the parcel in the red mailbox before the last collection – make sure that your parcel can fit through the opening
  • hand in the parcel during the opening hours of your Post Office, Post Point, Parcel Point or Parcel Box
  • drop the parcel in a Parcel Locker before 16:00

If you want faster delivery, you should use Euro-Sprinters, bpost's courier service.

Yes, with this option the receiver can pay the amount of your shipment to the postman, mobile or cash. This amount will then be transferred to your account within 7 working days. If the receiver does not wish to pay for the parcel, it will be returned to you.

You can select the 'payment upon delivery' option in the online shipping tool or request it at a Post Office near you.

You can send a parcel to more than 220 countries:

  • Regular shipment: the delivery period varies between 2 and 10 workdays.
  • Express shipment: the delivery period varies between 1 and 5 workdays.

You cannot send money as a parcel; you must send it as registered mail with a declared value. The same applies to valuable objects, jewellery and bearer bonds. You can also send registered mail with a declared value abroad, but only if the destination country offers that service.

For practical reasons it's not possible to give your parcel to the postman.

Our foreign partner is responsible for the delivery of your parcel abroad. If you have questions, contact the Customer Care Centre.

In the General Terms and Conditions, you can read what you are not allowed to send in Belgium and abroad. You'll also find a specific list per destination on the bpost website.

  • Place your shipment in a strong box and fill the box with filler material like old newspapers. You can use your own box or a bpost box.
  • Seal the box with tape. Make sure that there are no labels on the box from a previous shipment.
  • Check whether the box falls within the permitted dimensions. The longest side may be maximum 1.5 m and all sides together may be maximum 3 m. Your parcel cannot weigh more than 30 kg.

These preparations are the same if you want to send a parcel within Belgium, within the EU and outside the EU. The shipping costs differ.

If customs holds your parcel, you will be notified. Some information is probably missing. To ensure that the addressee receives your parcel, he/she will have to provide that information and pay the fees.

As the sender, you don't pay customs fees. If you send a parcel to a country outside the European Union, then the addressee must pay import duties, VAT, any other fees, and fees for the customs formalities.

You can trace international shipments upon condition that we get the Track & Trace information from our foreign colleagues. Follow them in Track & Trace or via the My bpost app.

 

You can follow your parcel with Track & Trace or the My bpost app. You can set up status reports in the app. Once your parcel is abroad, we depend on information from our foreign colleagues.

For practical reasons, you cannot leave your parcel behind for the postman or give it to him. Hand in your parcel at:

  • one of our Post Offices or Post Points
  • one of our Parcel Lockers
  • one of our Parcel Boxes

Or have it picked up at your home or work address (payable option).

  • Post Office
  • Post Point
  • Parcel Point (depends on stocks in the shop)
  • eShop

When customs releases the parcel, it is delivered to the addressee by the local postal service.

The delivery period of your parcel varies between 2 and 10 workdays depending on the foreign destination. If you want your parcel to be delivered faster, choose an express shipment. Express delivery periods are between 1 and 5 workdays.

Customs has the right to open your parcel for clearance or if they suspect a crime or fraud.

Our employees will gladly help you send your parcel abroad. In bpost Post Offices and Post Points you'll find a suitable box and filler material to protect your contents, and you can purchase the shipping label. Our employees will make sure that your parcel is not too big or too heavy.

There are no pre-stamped boxes for parcels being sent abroad.

You can buy shipping labels for light parcels (up to 2 kg) and all other parcels (up to 30 kg) in the eShop. Go to a Post Office or Post Point for express shipments.

Ask the addressee. To know whether he/she received the parcel, look in Track & Trace or the My bpost app.

To speed up the clearance (outside the EU) and delivery of your parcel, it's best to use English, French or an official language in the destination country.

Special wrappings are not necessary. It's important that the contents are safe and snug in a box sealed with tape. You can use your own box or a bpost box. If you reuse a box from a previous shipment, remove all labels and stickers because they may cause confusion.

You cannot protect your international shipment against theft or damage.

For an express shipment, you can choose a confirmation of receipt under the options. The recipient must sign for receipt.