How to choose the best shipping company for your ecommerce business in Europe and Spain?

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✨ Post actualizado el 20/02/2024 por David Costarrosa

How to choose the best shipping company for your ecommerce business in Europe and Spain?

As a trusted logistics operator for many ecommerce companies, we know that there is something that many entrepreneurs struggle with: choosing the best shipping company

This is no simple task, as there are many very competitive companies to choose from. And the truth is that there is no single right answer. It’s important to think about your company’s particular needs before making your choice. 

But don’t worry. Today we’re going to help you choose. We will talk about what to consider when deciding and we will tell you which are the best transport companies in Spain and Europe.

How to choose a good ecommerce logistics provider

As we mentioned, choosing a good logistics provider for an ecommerce business starts with being able to define what your company needs. What kind of shipments are you going to make? How often? What products are you going to send? 

All these questions will bring you closer to choosing the right provider by comparing the available options. So it’s best to start by answering these questions: 

  • What volume of shipments does your business have? First of all, you might want to decide whether you need to work with a large company that can move a large volume of products, or a somewhat cheaper one if your business is just starting out. 
  • What budget are you going to allocate to the distribution of your products? You should also determine how much you can afford to spend on paying a courier company. That way you will be able to narrow down your search quite a bit by sticking to the pricing you have set. 
  • What type of product do you ship? Some products require a different type of shipment. For example, a heavy package will need special equipment to transport it, and fresh produce should always be shipped express to prevent it from spoiling. 
  • Are your customers in Spain or abroad? For domestic shipments, it is best to rely on logistics operators within Spain, as the rates will be lower. But if your customers are abroad, you will not be spared from having to hire an international transport company. 

Best shipping companies for ecommerce in Europe

First of all, let’s talk about couriers that can handle international shipments for your ecommerce business. Ideally, these companies should be able to deliver your products to any country, but also offer a good price within Europe, since many of your customers are likely to be located on the continent.

UPS TNT DHL FedEx
Order volume
High
High
High
High
Minimum delivery time
Less than 24h
Less than 24h
24h
Less than 24h
Delivery type
Standard and express
Standard and express domestic
Standard and express
Standard and express
Customer location
Inside and outside Spain
Inside and outside Spain. Specially recommended for UK
Inside and outside Spain
Inside and outside Spain
Additional services
· Warehousing
· Bulk cargo
· Returns
· Inventory Management
· Export and import in UK
· Customs clearance management
· Shipment tracking
· Shipment security
· Shipment tracking
Cost estimate
Medium
Low
High
Low

UPS

This American company is the number one in the United States and also has an extensive division in Europe, making it one of the best options for sending your packages within the continent. 

Delivery types

As for the type of shipping they can offer, they have a standard service and two types of express deliveries.

  • Standard: non-urgent shipments to anywhere in the world. 
  • Express Basic: allows you to have your products delivered in a short time to the world’s major cities. 
  • Express Plus: allows you to ensure that your product will arrive before 9am the next day at the established destination, as long as it is sent within Europe or within national territory.

Additional services

In addition to managing shipments, this company offers other complementary services, such as warehousing, bulk cargo, returns and inventory management, making it a good alternative for anyone who has not yet outsourced these services. 

Minimum delivery time

Thanks to their Express Plus delivery service, the minimum delivery time offered by this courier company is one day. In other words, the order can be delivered before 9am the next day.

TNT

TNT is another of the great options available in Europe, especially if you have customers in the United Kingdom. Since Brexit, the company has been offering advice to partnering e-commerce companies in order to correctly carry out the necessary customs procedures. 

Delivery types

Its intra-European shipments are what makes it stand out, although it is not as fast as UPS, at least not at the European level. 

  • Standard Shipping: can take 2 to 6 business days (globally). 
  • Europe Express Shipping: promises delivery within 1 to 4 business days.
  • Express 9:00 Shipping: allows you to get a package to its destination before 9am the next day, but in this case it can only be applied to domestic shipments. 

Additional services

They offer export and import services in the UK, as well as a service to facilitate customs clearance. 

Minimum delivery time

The fastest shipment they offer is Express 9:00, which guarantees delivery of goods by 9am the next day. 

DHL Express

DHL Express is an international shipping company, in this case German, which offers a service that is quite similar to that of UPS, although in this case they also work with high-value freight shipments. 

Delivery types

DHL Express offers two types of express shipments.

  • Same Day: allows you to ensure same-day delivery nationwide.
  • Express Easy:maintains the same one-day promise, but extends to international shipments.

For lighter shipments, the company has a light parcel subsidiary called DHL Global Mail, which allows priority, tracked or plus shipments. The differences between these delivery options are with respect to ancillary services and the security of the shipment, but delivery times and destinations remain unchanged. 

Additional services

They offer complementary services, such as order tracking or increased shipping security, as well as storage of heavy loads. 

Minimum delivery time

DHL Express minimum delivery time is one day.

FedEx

If you need even faster shipments, then the best choice for you is FedEx. This is the fastest international shipping company you can find today. Best of all, in addition to being fast, their shipments are very secure, as all shipments can be tracked in detail.

Delivery types

As for the types of shipments offered by this company, you have three options to choose from to any destination, either inside or outside Europe. Of course, the closer the destination, the faster the delivery. 

  • International First: allows you to send your packages anywhere in the world to arrive before 8:30am within one or two business days. 
  • International Priority: guarantees delivery in 2 or 3 days.
  • International Economy: the cheapest, but the delivery time increases to between 3 and 6 business days. 

Additional services

They offer detailed tracking of shipments. 

Minimum delivery time

FedEx minimum delivery time is one business day, and can guarantee delivery by 8:30am the next day. 

Best ecommerce shipping companies in Spain

As you might already know, shipments to or from the islands can be different from those on a mainland level. Land transport in these cases is not an option, so waiting times and prices may change for national companies. Correos Express is one of the options we have mentioned so far that does take into account shipments connecting the mainland and the islands, but there are other interesting alternatives, more local, that you can take into account.

Correos Correos Express MRW SEUR
Order volume
Medium - High
High
High
High
Minimum delivery time
Less than 24h
Less than 24h
Less than 24h
24h or less
Delivery type
Standard and express
Standard and express
Standard and express
Standard and express
Customer location
Spain
Spain, including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands
Spain
Spain, Azores and Madeira
Additional services
· Order tracking
· Cash on delivery
· Order tracking
· Flexible deliveries
· Packing
· Returns
· Order tracking
· Flexible and customizable delivery
Cost estimate
Low
Medium
High
Low

Correos

Correos is, of course, the largest national parcel delivery service. Their courier service stands out for being more economical than other options, although it is not the fastest. In fact, they specialize in non-urgent parcel services. 

Delivery types

However, this does not mean that you cannot send express shipments with this option. These are the types of shipments you can make with this transport company: 

  • Paq Today: allows you to send a package with same-day delivery nationwide. 
  • Correos Paq Estándar: takes a maximum of 3 working days
  • Correos Paq Premium: reduces the time to 2 days at most.

Additional services

You can request the tracking of your orders by sending a certified package.

Minimum delivery time

The minimum delivery time is less than 24 hours, sending it Paq Today, which guarantees the delivery of the package on the same day the order is placed. 

Correos Express

Although it is a subsidiary of the aforementioned public company, Correos Express is a great alternative that you should consider. 

Delivery types

The company makes fast shipments not only within the peninsula but also to the islands. You should take this into account when looking at the type of shipments offered by this company:

  • Islas Express: allows you to send urgent parcels by air to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.
  • Paq 10: ensures delivery at 10am the next day.
  • Envío ePaq:  allows the user to customize the delivery time throughout the next day.

In the latter two cases, however, shipments must be made within the peninsula. 

Additional services

In addition to greatly reducing shipping time, this company is focused on offering the best service to ecommerce businesses, so it offers a variety of extras to consider, and that can improve the shopping experience of your customers. 

For example, they allow cash on delivery, order tracking at all times and flexible delivery requests. 

Minimum delivery time

The minimum delivery time within the peninsula is 24 hours, guaranteeing delivery before 10am the next day. 

SEUR

Another great competitor to take into account if you want to offer the best shopping experience to your users.

Delivery types

  • SEUR Express: guarantees delivery throughout the day after the order is placed in most of Spain. 
  • Azores and Madeira: if you need to send your products to the Portuguese islands of Azores and Madeira, on the other hand, it offers an Express service for both that exceeds the delivery times of other companies. 
  • International Express Service: allows you to send orders to any part of the world in the shortest possible time that the company can guarantee. 

Additional services

SEUR offers customizable deliveries, allowing your customers to choose which day they want to receive the package, including weekends. Same-day deliveries can also be requested. 

Minimum delivery time

SEUR’s minimum delivery time is 24 hours or less. 

MRW

MRW stands out from the competition by offering the fastest shipments nationwide. Unlike SEUR or Correos Express, it does not offer as many complementary services to customers, but it is very fast. 

Delivery types

  • Immediate Delivery: guarantees next day delivery.
  • 8:30 Shipping:  ensures orders arrive before 8:30 the next day at their destination. 
  • Today Express: offers fast, same-day delivery. 

Additional services

MRW also offers packing, returns and order tracking services. 

Minimum delivery time

MRW’s minimum delivery time is less than 24 hours, guaranteeing delivery before 8:30am the next day. 

Best ecommerce shipping companies in the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands

As you might already know, shipments to or from the islands can be different from those on a mainland level. Land transport in these cases is not an option, so waiting times and prices may change for national companies. 

Correos Express is one of the options we have mentioned so far that does take into account shipments connecting the mainland and the islands, but there are other interesting alternatives, more local, that you can take into account.

Cargo Serpa Best Logistic Canarias
Order volume
High
Medium - High
Minimum delivery time
24h
2 to 5 working days
Delivery types
Standard and express
Standard
Customer location
Spain, Canary Islands & Balearic Islands
Spain, Canary Islands & Balearic Islands
Additional services
· Warehousing
· International shipping
· Customs brokerage services
· Logistics services
· Warehousing

Cargo Serpa

Cargo Serpa is a company specialized in land transport within the Canary and Balearic Islands, and air and sea transport to connect with the mainland. 

Delivery types

Currently, the company offers four types of shipments: 

  • Courier: offers shipments within 24 hours with all the guarantees.
  • Air freight: for larger and heavier shipments, with a delivery time of between 48 and 72 hours maximum.
  • Sea freight: for those who are not in a hurry, with deliveries from Friday to Tuesday.
  • Land transport: with deliveries within 24 hours. They offer this service both nationally and internationally.

Additional services

They also offer warehousing and international shipping services, in case you need your products to reach any part of the world without having to depend on mainland shipping.

Minimum delivery time

Within the islands, the minimum delivery time is 24 hours. To connect with the mainland, the time increases to 48 hours. 

Best Logistic Canarias

Another alternative for those who send their orders from the Canary Islands is Best Logistic Canarias. This company, as its name suggests, specializes in courier services to and from the islands. 

Delivery type

In this case, deliveries may be somewhat slower than in the preceding case, and the type of service offered is much more limited. They only have sea and air shipments that allow connection with the mainland and other European countries.

Additional services

They also offer customs brokerage, logistics and warehousing services. 

Minimum delivery time

The minimum delivery time can be from 2 to 5 working days. 

Shipping rates for online stores

Now that you have more or less got an idea of what you might need and which companies can offer it, it’s time to talk about money. How much do these services cost? 

Well, the truth is that each company can negotiate a different price with their customers, and it all depends on the type of shipment and the volume of orders you have. But to give you an idea, we’ll tell you the average price of their orders, so you can compare them. 

The prices you will see below are approximate, and have been calculated using the minimum order that can be placed (both in weight and size). To find out the exact rate, it is best to contact the shipping company directly. 

International shipping company rates

Courier Rate
TNT
from 9.20 euros + VAT
UPS
from 14.20 euros
DHL
from 24.99 euros
from 8.50 euros per kg

Domestic shipping company rates

Courier Rate
from 5.55 euros (for a shipment between 500g and 1000g)
from 8.06 euros (for a 1kg shipment)
MRW
from 10.90 euros
from 9.90 euros (for a 1kg shipment)
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