What is the Difference Between a Courier, Carrier, and Post?

Carrier Delivery Service

What types of Carriers are there?

Common Carrier: Transports goods between companies or people and has a license from a regulatory authority, allowing them to work for multiple shippers in one day.

Contract Carrier: Provides transport services for only one shipper long term. This can include a single person with their own minivan or a large-scale company with trucks, boats, trains, and planes.

What they ship:

Carriers primarily only ship larger packages or quantities of packages as a whole. This means a typical delivery weight of over 100 pounds to one ton. Carriers can also ship some types of hazardous materials to special locations requiring specific clearances, such as USCIS or immigration.

How do they ship it?

Shipping is done by having multiple stops for pick up for deliveries from multiple locations of individuals and residences and multiple stops for drop off for different businesses and individuals. Shipping is usually completed using large trucks and box trucks.


The cost of shipping with a carrier is the cheapest option as the delivery drivers are not required to have any training or certifications for their deliveries. They are also able to plan routes for all pickups and deliveries, saving on mileage and gas.

Speed/ efficiency

Having multiple stops for pick up and delivery hinders those who are on a time crunch for a package. Having to send a package through a warehouse, sorting, and going between multiple locations and trucks can also add to the time delay of a pickup and delivery of a package.


Multiple packages being placed on a truck and transferred between multiple locations and delivery vehicles increases the risk of the package being lost or damaged during transport.

Post Delivery Service

What they ship:

Post delivery primarily only ships letters, documents, and small parcels. The weight is typically under 10 pounds or under specific size restrictions. There are also many restrictions on what can be shipped, such as amounts of fluid, type of substance, etc.

How do they ship it:

Typically, a post-delivery service will deliver in a small sedan, van, or postal truck. These vehicles are not typically equipped with GPS systems and rely on the driver’s personal device for route changes.


The shipping cost varies depending on when you are shipping an item, how large the item is, how much it weighs, and how fast you want it to arrive. The costs are all typically high since they are monopolized nationwide.

Speed/ efficiency

If you are looking for speed, the fastest a postal service offers is overnight, which has proven to be a one to two day service over time. The post-delivery service also offers 2-3 day shipping and is typically delivered later than promised. The growing trend of late deliveries has only persisted and gotten worse over the years.


Packages transported by postal services are typically handled by regular people with no prior experience or training and do not go through training or certification courses. During transportation, packages are also typically set in the vehicle and not secured and are prone to sliding around and having other deliveries damage them or get lost being jumbled together.

Courier Delivery Service

What types of couriers are there?

The types of courier services you may find will also vary depending on the company you hire for your package pickup and delivery. Here are some of the services you can expect to get from The Global Transport:

What we ship/ Types of deliveries:

  • Medical
  • Legal
  • Trade show
  • Remote office pickup and delivery
  • Trade work
  • Print and delivery
  • Airport
  • Long-distance/ Nationwide delivery
  • Perishables/ Groceries
  • Residence/ Hotel/ Airbnb delivery

How we ship it/ Vehicles

We ship all of our deliveries in vehicles accommodable to the package, such as the size, shape, and weight, to ensure the package can fit properly and be secured accordingly to safety protocols. Some of the vehicles we utilize include

  • Scooters.
  • Bikes.
  • Sedans.
  • SUVs.
  • Vans.
  • Cargo Vans.
  • Box Trucks.
  • Dock Height Box Trucks.
  • Lift Gate equipped Box Trucks.

With our delivery drivers couriering directly from pick up to drop off, gas and mileage are halved, thus cutting the cost of vehicle mileage, maintenance, and gas in half and passing the savings to our clients.

Speed/ efficiency

With The Global Transport, our drivers are able to provide the quickest delivery services possible because of our dedicated and local delivery drivers’ knowledge of local traffic patterns, knowing congested areas to avoid, our GPS navigation systems, helping drivers to reroute areas with pop-up construction or accidents that have occurred, and direct deliveries only. With direct deliveries only, our couriers are dispatched directly to the pickup location, secure the package in their vehicle, and head straight to the drop off location. This means no time is wasted with any stops in between for other packages, fueling, etc.

Here are the delivery speeds we offer:

  • Rush
  • 1 hour
  • Overnight
  • Expedited
  • Next flight out
  • On-Demand
  • Same Day


At The Global Transport, your package is the only package on board, which means your package is our delivery driver’s only priority. Our driver will be with the package throughout the entire process, ensuring the package will not be lost or damaged as the courier will secure the package within the delivery vehicle themselves. All of the couriers on staff are also vetted before hiring and placed in training to ensure they are OSHA and HIPAA-certified and protocol trained to handle all types of deliveries we offer.

When it comes to choosing between postal, carrier, and courier delivery services, it is best to choose which best suits your needs. Call or go online to find out how The Global Transport same day delivery services can cater to and meet your same day delivery needs.

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