TNT Express is one of the world’s largest and longest established courier companies. Based in the Netherlands, TNT Express delivers to over 200 countries and territories worldwide, and owns operations in 63 countries. We are proud to offer two TNT Express services: TNT Express and TNT Economy Express.
Please see the table below for an at-a-glance comparison of the TNT Express Export services we offer:
Rest of World
Next day delivery to most of Europe, and fastest possible services to the rest of the world.
Estimated Transit Time (Europe)Next business day delivery to most European countries
Estimated Transit Time (Rest of World)Fast delivery worldwide*
Day-definite scheduled delivery to Europe and the rest of the world.
Estimated Transit Time (Europe)Day definite delivery to most European destinations
Estimated Transit Time (Rest of World)Day definite delivery to most destinations
For next day deliveries throughout the UK.
Estimated Transit Time (UK)Next day delivery by 9:00, 10:00, 12:30 or close of business depending on service selected
*Please check TNT’s 'Worldwide Transit Times' tool for country-specific transit times and to check this service is available for your shipment’s place of origin and destination.
Size and Weight Restrictions
Maximum weight domestic: 45kg per piece
Maximum weight international: 68kg per piece
Maximum length: 120cm
Maximum 2nd longest side: 70cm
Maximum length plus girth: 266cm
"Length plus girth" is calculated as length plus twice the width and twice the height.
For example: for a parcel of dimensions 40 x 30 x 20cm:
40 + (2x30) + (2x20) = 140cm
Your shipment will be charged by either actual weight or volumetric weight – whichever is greater.
Volumetric weight is a value derived from the size rather than the weight of your parcel and may apply if your parcel is particularly large and contains relatively light items.
TNT Express calculates volumetric weight on import services from countries outside of the EU, by multiplying the three dimensions of your parcel together and dividing by 5000.
50 x 30 x 20cm
50 x 60 x 40cm
The above calculations apply to TNT Economy Express, and TNT Next Day however the 'divisor' in the calculation would be 4000.
Over Maximum Limits
This surcharge applies if your parcel exceeds any of the following dimensions:
Maximum weight of 45kg per piece (domestic)
Maximum weight of 68kg per piece (international)
Maximum length of 120cm
Maximum 2nd longest side of 70cm
Maximum combined length and girth (L+2xW+2xH) of 266cm
£49.25 domestic, £31.15 international
Remote Area Charge
Applied when the delivery location is defined as remote. Please check the TNT Remote Area database to see if your delivery address will be affected.
£17.63 per shipment or 35p per kg, whichever is greater. This will be added at time of booking.
Applied when the delivery address is residential - domestic (UK) deliveries only.
£1.21 per consignment
Delivered Taxes Paid (Duty Reversal) Admin Fee
Admin charge administered for billing customs duties and taxes to the shipper rather than the receiver.
£20 per consignment
Piece with any dimension exceeding 140cm
Applied to any piece on a UK-UK TNT service which has a dimension of 140cm or more.
£4.11 per parcel
Dimensional Surcharge (up to 30kg)
Applies if the weight is up to 30kg, and if the longest dimension exceeds 120cm OR the second longest dimension exceeds 60cm.
£26.14 per consignment*
Dimensional Surcharge (above 30kg)
Applies if the weight is more than 30kg, and:
TNT Express - if either the length or width exceed 120cm.
TNT Economy Express - if the longest dimension exceeds 240cm OR the second longest dimension exceeds 120cm.
£36.60 per consignment*
Applied when any piece in a shipment cannot be stacked due to the shape, contents or packaging of the goods, or if any side exceeds 200cm.
£83.66 per consignment
Applies to domestic shipments that exceed 50kg in weight, exceed 140cm in length, have a volume greater than 140 x 70 x 70cm, or feature on this list of items (PDF):
flat pack items
plastic buckets and canisters
packaging or bundling with Strapex ribbon
items in shrink wrap
parcels that are not box-shaped or have protruding parts
£10.52 per piece
Return to Shipper
This charge will apply:
If, as the sender, you request that the shipment is returned to you.
If the shipment cannot be exported due to incorrect or incomplete paperwork, and after several attempts to contact you TNT is unable to complete the paperwork and has to return the shipment.
£15 if returned from a depot
£25 if returned from a hub
*Each of these surcharges will apply only once per shipment, not once per item. However, both surcharges may apply within one consignment.
Please note that any surcharges on deliveries to EU countries are subject to VAT.
Televisions are prohibited on TNT services.
Bikes are prohibited on TNT services.
Our list of hazardous, prohibited and owner’s risk items is available here.
For up-to-date information specific to TNT Express, please check their prohibited items page. Please note that prohibited items are subject to vary depending on your delivery destination.
If you’d like advice on whether or not your items are prohibited, please contact our Customer Services team via Live Chat, email or telephone (0345 145 1212 8:00-6:30pm Mon-Fri, 9:00-1:00pm Sat).
Passports cannot be be sent via TNT.
TNT does not collect from or deliver to exhibitions. If you require collection from or delivery to an exhibition, please get in touch and we can offer an alternative service.
TNT does not offer damage cover for domestic UK shipments.