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It suddenly hit me, there are going to be countless people that have friends and family abroad, some of them will be expats whilst will be in the forces stationed abroad. So here’s a list of chocolate companies that can either post Easter eggs abroad to normal addresses or to BFPO. It’s going to take me a while, but I’ll start the list now.
Thorntons can deliver Easter eggs abroad and they say they can take up to 5 working days. But my experience of international couriers is that it can take longer. Obviously Thorntons also offer a range of gifts to go with their chocolates such as alcohol and flowers which can’t be delivered abroad, but they also mention ceramics – but I don’t recall Thorntons selling anything like that.
They have a limit of 5kg of chocolate so you’ll have to keep an eye out for that and total up as you select your items. Most of their eggs are less than 500g so you’ll have to buy about ten eggs to approach that limit. They also point out that when the chocolate enters a country their border authorities may charge a tax or duty and the recipient will be liable for that.
If you’re sending Easter eggs to the USA then there’ll be a £10 levy that’ll be passed on from the FSA for some sort of documentation.
Their current costs on a flat rate are: Austria £19.50, Belgium £11.00, Denmark £19.50, Finland £19.50, France £11.00, Germany £11.00, Isles Of Scilly £23.00, Republic of Ireland £11.00, Italy £19.50, Portugal £19.50, Netherlands £11.00, Norway £23.00, Spain £19.50, Sweden £19.50, Switzerland £23.00. They also do weight-based costs which can be found here.
I might as well mention that they do also deliver to Northern Ireland, Scotland, Scottish Islands, Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight but not on a next day delivery basis. There are also some post codes within the UK that may take longer to delivery to. You can find details of those here.
They also deliver to BFPO addresses, but as you can imagine, they’ll take a fair bit longer and they can’t guarantee specific delivery dates. If you need to check BFPO numbers, you can here. For information about how to address your order, click here.
The Hotel Chocolat international delivery information is far less comprehensive or complicated, however you wish to look at it. Postage for European (non-UK) deliveries are charged at £9.95 for the first item, £10.95 for two and then £6 per item after that, which soon adds up. Also delivery takes three to eight days.
For the rest of the world delivery is £18.95 for the first item, £23.90 for the second and then a whopping £15 per item after that. They have a USA store and you could buy direct from there if you’re buying for people in North America? Delivery times for the rest of the world are estimated at between five and eight days.
There’s no mention of BFPO addresses but they do mention that deliveries to normal PO Boxes may be difficult.
It appears that Cadbury Gifts Direct can only deliver to UK addresses, the Channel Islands and BFPO addresses, although they don’t really give clear information about this. Trying to check out with a random collection of Easter eggs shows that you’re only allowed to choose UK destinations with Channel Islands being classed as individual counties – Alderney is the first in the list. For BFPO I presume you select “Other”. It looks like the BFPO number should go where the Post Code box is. But it says that postage is £5.50.
You can get indicative pricing for international deliver from Chocolate Trading Co. but obviously the price you actually pay would be dependent on the weight of your order and its destination. They also give rough delivery times too. They also offer a telephone number to call if you need to check delivery costs etc. which is 08700 508244 between the hours of 9.00am-6pm, Mon-Friday (excluding UK Bank Holidays & company holidays)
If you’re buying Easter eggs to be delivered to certain parts of Europe from Chocolate Buttons then you can get a by road service to Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg from just £11.95 (prices will vary and can be found at the checkout. Unlike Thorntons, Chocolate Buttons aren’t doing delivery to the USA or Canada because of the new FDA rules. It seems that they deliver virtually everywhere, but not to BFPO addresses.
Green & Blacks deliver to BFPO addresses for £4.95 but you can’t have your Easter eggs delivered next day delivery to them. You can’t send anything internationally.
Betty’s deliver worldwide, but not to BFPO addresses. If your order is less than 2kg including packaging you can choose between airmail or traditional delivery. They can’t send everything abroad so you’ll need to call them on +44 (0)1423 814008 to confirm. They’ll also be a $20.75 FDA charge when entering the USA. International delivery costs range from £7.50 for items under 1/2kg to £18.50 under 2kg.