Frequently asked questions and answers
National parcels usually reach their destination within a standard delivery time of less than 24 hours (excluding islands). In Europe, standard delivery times are generally between 24 and 96 hours. GLS delivers Monday to Friday during normal business hours.
GLS provides companies with IT dispatch systems that correspond to their requirements and parcel volumes. The systems can be adapted to senders’ IT systems.
GLS offers reliable European and worldwide parcel delivery to its customers, as well as express delivery within Europe. More information can be found in the product descriptions in the section "Shipping solutions".
Simply enter the starting point and destination of your consignment into the GLS shipping planner. The available product and service combinations will be displayed immediately.
A parcel may not exceed the following dimensions:
Length: 200 cm
Width: 80 cm
Height: 60 cm
Combined length and girth: 300 cm
Calculation of max. combined length and girth: 2 x height + 2 x width + 1 x longest side
The maximum weight is 40 kg, and 50 kg for international express shipments. Exceptions apply to a small number of countries for worldwide shipping. Contact your GLS depot for more information.
Precisely how much it costs to send a parcel depends on your wishes and requirements. If you send parcels regularly, you will get an individual offer from GLS.
Some shipments cannot be transported by the conveyor belts in our automatic sorting systems because of their size or outer packaging. GLS sorts and scans these “non-conveyable” consignments manually in the depots and distribution hubs. This incurs a surcharge. This includes among others:
- Sacks, tyres, rolls, bales of cloth, canisters, plastic buckets, wooden boxes
- Parcels with protruding parts of any kind
For more information contact your GLS depot.
Insufficiently or not customarily packed goods are generally excluded from delivery by GLS. Computers (e.g. desktop computers or notebooks) are only transported in their proper original packaging. Also excluded from delivery are among others:
- Parcels with a goods value of over € 5,000
- Goods that require particularly careful handling (e.g. fragile goods)
- Perishable or temperature-managed goods
- Live animals
- Particularly valuable items (e.g. gold, precious metals and stones, real jewellery and real pearls, works of art, antiques)
- Telephone cards and pre-paid cards for mobile phones
- Firearms and essential weapon parts according to § 1 of the German Weapon Law as well as ammunition
- Dangerous goods of any kind
- Tobacco and spirits (if sent abroad)
Further information can be found in the shipping guidelines as well as in the General terms and conditions.
Yes, all parcels within Germany can be tracked in real time by the sender and recipient using parcel tracking. Internationally, GLS already provides real-time delivery information in nine countries thanks to mobile data transfer from vehicles. Scanned data from the hubs and depots of all GLS subsidiaries is immediately fed into the GLS IT system and is directly available online. Simply enter the shipment number or Track ID.
GLS is liable for loss or damage of parcels in its custody. Liability does not include consequential damages like loss of profit. If the sender takes out no transport insurance, GLS will compensate the value of the goods beyond the statutory limitation of liability up to a maximum of € 750 per parcel. Value of the goods is defined as the purchase price, for second-hand goods the current value or for goods dispatched on occasion of an auction the auction price, depending on which amount is the lowest in the individual case. You can find further information in the terms and conditions of GLS Germany. On request, a higher liability limit can be agreed. Simply contact your GLS depot for more information.
GLS is committed to the responsible use of resources, the reduction of emissions, and the optimisation of waste disposal. All GLS subsidiaries have already obtained the ISO 14001 certification for their environmental management systems. GLS coordinates and promotes all activities to protect the environment across the Group within the framework of the ThinkGreen initiative. Additionally, senders can book the ThinkGreenService for an environmentally-neutral delivery.
The GLS customer care team and your contact in the GLS depot will be happy to help you. Simply submit your question in writing using the contact form.