Romanians sent more than 48% more parcels abroad in the first 7 months of the year, compared to the same period last year. Most of the parcels shipped from Romania abroad were delivered to Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Italy and the UK, accounting for about 91% of all parcels shipped abroad, according to DPD Romania, one of the largest courier companies on the local market.
As regards the volume of parcels received by Romanians from abroad, their weight increased by 24%. Most of these come from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Poland, which generated over 80% of total imports in the first 7 months of the year.
In the top of the counties from which most of the parcels are shipped abroad, there are Bucharest, followed by Timisoara, Sibiu, Arad and Cluj, generating about 74% of the total shipment. The ranking of the counties in which Romanians receive the most foreign parcels is also headed by Bucharest and Timisoara, followed by Brasov, Cluj and Sibiu, which together account for over 52% of total imported parcels. According to the company’s data, parcels received by Romanians in Europe weigh an average of 7.6kg and represent goods from relatives, goods ordered online or luggage of those who travel with low-cost companies.
“We notice a significant increase of the Romanians who choose to send packages from Romania to Europe or receive packages from Europe. Through DPD, Romanians send mostly Romanian products and many luggage to European countries. They also get home in the country, especially products ordered from online stores. For the second half of the year, we estimate an increase in the volume of cross-border shipments, supported by international Romanian students, Black Friday and winter holidays,” says Lucian Aldescu, DPD Romania CEO.