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Frequently asked questions and answers

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Regular shipment

How long does it take GLS to deliver parcels?

National parcels usually reach their destination within a standard delivery time of less than 24 hours. In Europe, standard delivery times are generally between 48 and 96 hours. GLS delivers Monday to Friday during normal business hours.

How does the shipment processing work with GLS?

GLS provides companies with IT dispatch systems that correspond to their requirements and parcel volumes. The systems can be adapted to senders’ IT systems.

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What does GLS offer for international shipment?

GLS offers reliable European and worldwide parcel delivery to its customers. More information can be found in the product descriptions in the section "Shipping solutions".

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How do I find out which products and services are available for a certain dispatch route?

Simply enter the starting point and destination of your consignment into the GLS product calculator. The available product and service combinations will be displayed immediately.

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How large may a parcel be?

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

How much may a parcel weigh?

The maximum weight is 31.5 kg for national delivery and 30 kg for international delivery. Exceptions apply to a small number of countries for worldwide shipping. Contact your GLS depot for more information.

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How much does parcel delivery cost with GLS?

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.

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I want to send bulky items. What do I need to consider?

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.

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Which goods are excluded from delivery?

Inadequately and/or unconventionally-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 PLN 6,000,
  • Goods that require particularly careful handling (e.g. fragile goods),
  • Commodities requiring a controlled temperature,
  • Perishable goods or food products within the meaning of the Food and Nutrition Safety Act,
  • Live animals and plants,
  • Money and documents with monetary value (e.g. gift vouchers, cheques, debit and credit cards, securities),
  • Particularly valuable items (e.g. gift vouchers, crude metals and precious stones, jewellery, works of art, antiques),
  • Telephone cards and pre-paid cards for mobile phones,
  • Flammable and explosive materials and other commodities listed in the ADR Convention as well as weapons and ammunition,
  • Musical stringed and plucked instruments,
  • Dangerous goods of any kind.

Further information can be found in the shipping guidelines as well as in the general terms and conditions.

General terms and conditions

Can I track parcels in real time?

Yes, all parcels within Poland can be tracked in real time by the sender and recipient using parcel tracking. Internationally, GLS already provides real-time delivery information in many 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.

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What is the standard insurance sum of a parcel? Is an additional insurance possible?

GLS Poland shall be liable for non-performance or improper performance of agreement for the provision of services, basing on the principles under the general terms and conditions, the postal law, transport law, the civil code and other applicable laws.

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What does GLS do for the environment?

GLS is committed to the responsible use of resources, the reduction of emissions, and the optimisation of waste disposal. All GLS subsidiaries have 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.

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My question isn’t listed here. Where can I get more information?

The GLS customer care team and your contact in the GLS depot will be happy to help you. Simply call GLS on +48 46 814 82 20 (rates according to the prices of operator of the caller). Alternatively, you can submit your question in writing using the contact form.

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Occasional shipment

How do I send parcels with GLS?

As a private customer or a company that occasionally sends small numbers of parcels, you can send your parcels from one of over 1,000 GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShops throughout Poland. On request, you can also ship your parcels via a GLS ParcelVan, which means they are collected by the delivery driver. You can arrange a collection by calling the nearest GLS depot.

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How much does it cost to send parcels with GLS?

The price list for sending parcels via GLS Szybka Paczka/ ParcelShops and GLS ParcelVans applies. Prices depend on the parcel size.

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Which countries can I send parcels to from a GLS ParcelShop / Szybka Paczka?

Parcels from a GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop and a GLS ParcelVan can be sent to all countries of the European Union, except Andorra, Büsingen am Hochrhein, Ceuta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Greece, Livigno, Malta, Melilla, San Marino and all European islands (apart from Great Britain and Ireland).

How long does delivery usually take?

National parcels are generally delivered the next working day. Standard delivery times lie between 48 and 96 hours all over Europe. GLS delivers Monday to Friday during normal business hours. Find out here where your parcel is right now - and when delivery is expected to take place.

Parcel tracking

Where can I hand over parcels?

You can hand over your parcel at any GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop. In Poland there are about 1,000 points, so there is sure to be one near you. Simply use our Szybka Paczka/ ParcelShop finder to search for one.

Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop finder

Where can I find my nearest Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop?

You can find the next GLS Szybka Paczka/ ParcelShop right in your area. Simply use our practical Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop finder and look up directions.

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Can I also have my parcels collected by GLS?

Yes, GLS collects parcels on request via the ParcelVans. Simply call your nearest GLS depot. The delivery driver will then pick up your parcel. The ParcelVan prices apply.

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How large can a parcel be?

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

What is the maximum weight for a parcel?

A parcel for shipment within Poland may weigh a maximum of 31.5 kg. Parcels with destinations abroad may weigh up to 30 kg.

Which goods are excluded from delivery?

Inadequately and/or unconventionally-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 consigned at GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShops whose value exceeds PLN 1,000,
  • goods that require particularly careful handling (e.g. fragile goods),
  • commodities requiring a controlled temperature,
  • perishable goods or food products within the meaning of the Food and Nutrition Safety Act,
  • live animals and plants,
  • money and documents with monetary value (e.g. gift vouchers, cheques, debit and credit cards, securities),
  • particularly valuable items (e.g. gift vouchers, crude metals and precious stones, jewellery, works of art, antiques),
  • telephone cards and pre-paid cards for mobile phones,
  • flammable and explosive materials and other commodities listed in the ADR Convention as well as weapons and ammunition,
  • musical stringed and plucked instruments,
  • dangerous goods of any kind.

Further information can be found in the shipping guidelines as well as in the general terms and conditions.

General terms and conditions

What do I need to keep in mind when packing goods?

When packing goods, you need to consider the type, weight and resilience of the goods being sent. Outer packing, internal padding, adhesive tape and parcel labelling are all important.

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How do I find out where a parcel is right now?

With the parcel tracking function you can track your parcel online at any time. Simply enter the parcel number or Track ID.

Parcel tracking

Can I send parcels by express delivery or cash on delivery via a GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop?

No, shipment of express parcels or cash on delivery parcels is not possible via GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShops.

Are parcels insured with GLS?

GLS Poland shall be liable for actual proven losses suffered by you as a result of non-performance or improper performance of the services, that is, except for the loss by the customer or a third party benefits, profits or income.

You can find further information in the terms and conditions of GLS ParcelShop and ParcelVan.

General terms and conditions ParcelShop and ParcelVan

How many parcels can I send at one time?

You can send as many parcels as you like.

What happens if a parcel can’t be delivered?

If recipients are not present at the first delivery attempt, the driver will ask a neighbour to accept the parcel. To do so, he needs to ask for the original recipient’s permission beforehand. If that is not possible, the driver will take it to the nearest GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop, where it will be available for collection the next nine working days (provided that no services have been booked with the parcel).

If there is no Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop nearby or the parcel is for a commercial client, the driver will return the parcel to the GLS depot. In this case, the recipient can select a redirection option.

Parcel redirection

In any case, the delivery driver leaves a notification card for the recipient. If a second delivery attempt is also unsuccessful, the parcel is returned to the sender after a storage period of ten working days.

If parcel delivery is not possible to a neighbour or a GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop, the driver will return the parcel to the GLS depot. In this case, the recipient can select a redirection option.

In any case, the delivery driver leaves a notification card for the recipient. If a second delivery attempt is also unsuccessful, the parcel is returned to the sender after a storage period of six working days.

What does GLS do to protect the environment?

GLS is committed to the responsible use of resources, the reduction of emissions and the optimisation of waste disposal. All GLS subsidiaries have 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.

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My question isn’t listed here. Where can I get more information?

Simply call GLS on +48 46 814 82 20 (rates according to the prices of operator of the caller).

Alternatively, you can submit your question in writing using the contact form.

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Recipients

When will my parcel arrive?

Parcels within Poland are usually delivered on the next day working day. In Europe, standard delivery times generally lie between 48 and 96 hours. GLS delivers Monday to Friday during normal business hours. Parcel tracking shows you the expected delivery date.

Parcel tracking

How does the shipment processing work with GLS?

With the online parcel tracking function you can track your parcel at any time. Please note that GLS uses distribution centres, so the dispatch route may not always seem direct to you. To see where your parcel is right now, simply enter the parcel number or the Track ID.

Parcel tracking

What happens if I’m not at home at the time of delivery?

The GLS courier will contact you at the phone number provided by the sender and ask you to choose alternative delivery. For example, you can arrange to leave a parcel with the neighbor or in a safe place within the delivery address. Another option is the delivery to the nearest Szybka Paczka/ ParcelShop, where the parcel can be picked up on presentation of the photo ID (eg driver's license, identity card) within the next six working days. If the contact details are missing, the consignment will be returned to the GLS depot. In this case, you can choose one of the options for forwarding the parcel over the Internet and GLS will make another attempt to make the delivery according to your preferences.

Parcel redirection

If the second delivery attempt is also unsuccessful, the parcel will be returned to the sender after a storage period of nine working days.

I am often not at home. How will I receive my parcel?

When ordering online you can often enter a delivery address other than your home. This, for example, can be your place of work if your employer agrees to this. Some of the online shops also allow you to select a GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop as a direct delivery address. GLS will inform you by e-mail or text message as soon as the parcel is delivered to the Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop. You then have six working days to collect your parcel by proof of identity.

If you chose your home address as delivery address, in case of absence you also have the possibility to allow GLS to deliver your parcel to a neighbour or to take it to the nearest GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop.

Can GLS leave my parcel with a neighbour?

Yes. If you are not at home and give permission to GLS, the driver can leave your parcel with a neighbour. They will naturally have to sign for it. The driver will leave a notification card with the relevant information.

Can GLS leave my parcel at a Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop for me to collect?

Yes. If your parcel cannot be delivered to you and you do not give GLS the permission to take it to a neighbour, the GLS driver will automatically take it to the nearest Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop and leave a notification card for you. You then have nine working days in which to collect it from the Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop. If the sender has booked the ShopDeliveryService, you can already select a Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop as the delivery address when placing your order. Note: To collect a parcel you will need a valid identity card, driving licence or passport.

Where can I find my nearest Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop?

Simply use the GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop finder to search for the nearest shop and directions.

Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop finder

Can another person collect my parcel from the Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop?

No, you can pick up a parcel in person only.

What is parcel redirection?

If the first delivery attempt is unsuccessful, you as the recipient can choose what happens next. Your parcel redirection options are as follows:

  • parcel delivery to a GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop of your choice,
  • delivery to another address, which you specify (e.g. to your workplace),
  • a second delivery attempt to your address – you choose on which day,
  • collect the parcel yourself at the depot: The parcel remains in the depot and is available for collection for seven days. No second delivery attempt is made,
  • refusal of acceptance: the parcel is then returned to the sender,
  • issue a drop off permission when the FlexDeliveryService has been activated (also available for parcels to several European countries),
  • parcel delivery in the evening and on Saturdays in various German cities.

I want to return my parcel. What do I do?

Many senders have booked an additional GLS service for returns. This means, when returning goods, you simply attach the enclosed return label to the parcel and hand it over at a Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop of your choice for free. GLS then does the rest. If a parcel does not include a return label, you can still return it via a GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop but you will have to pay the standard Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop charges.

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My parcel is damaged. What can I do?

If your parcel is externally damaged, you can refuse to accept it. GLS will then return the parcel to the depot and inform the sender. If the contents are damaged, please contact the sender. GLS cannot and must not check the contents of sent parcels.

My parcel hasn’t arrived. What should I do?

First of all check the status of your parcel using the parcel tracking function of GLS. To do this, enter the parcel number the sender has given you – if not, ask the sender for the number. Secondly, look for the notification card that a GLS driver leaves behind if no-one is at home at the first delivery attempt. The notification card will tell you where your parcel is – for example, in a GLS Szybka Paczka / ParcelShop. The Track ID will also be included on the card, enabling you to use the parcel tracking function.

If shipment tracking does not help you, get in touch using the contact form or call our GLS hotline on +46 814 82 20(rates according to the prices of operator of the caller). We will gladly try to answer your question. The parcel number or Track ID helps us, so please have one of these to hand.

My question isn’t listed here. Where can I get more information?

Simply call GLS on +48 46 814 82 20 (rates according to the prices of operator of the caller).

Alternatively, send your question via the contact form.

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