There are significant differences between package and parcel and, above all, in price and performance!
The parcel is like a large letter mail or a cardboard box up to size M (pre-made by DHL) and is the name for a small package. It is offered in Germany by Deutsche Post AG, DHL and also by Hermes Logistik Gruppe Deutschland GmbH, the price is significantly lower than for parcels within Germany, with less than 4 euros which are payable for small items weighing up to 2 kg! There are now even 1 kilo packages. Shipping takes place without insurance and without the possibility of tracing.
As a rule, the package is not a letter and is declared as a parcel and must be properly packed as such. It is also offered in Germany by Deutsche Post AG, DHL and Hermes Logistik, as well as by other companies, the price is higher than that of a parcel and is available within Germany from around 5 euros! Shipment takes package with a sending number and insurance (with DHL usually up to 500 euros as standard, higher insurance value costs extra) and is transported separately.
If it weighs more than 2 kilos, it must be sent as a parcel, and if it exceeds a certain size, even if it is low.
The main difference is the traceability and the insurance in case of damage to the goods or even loss of the package while it is on the way. If the parcel is damaged or lost, however, there is nothing. Away is then just gone.
They don't both mean the same thing. However, the package and parcel is usually referred to as a package that is sent by post. The package can also arrive a little faster, but due to Corona everything is a bit mixed up and there are currently strong deviations in the shipping time!
PS: my Puma sneakers arrived today, look like a package, but were sent as a package because it has a tracking number, see ► Shipment tracking!
FAQ 84: Updated on: 10 December 2020 20:31