About the NCDA

The NCDA (National Courier and Despatch Association) is the UK''s leading professional body for independent sameday courier companies in the UK.

Covering the UK and Eire, NCDA members collectively operate a fleet of more than 2,500 vehicles, from pushbikes (primarily in the London area), motorcycles and vans through to 7.5 to 17 ton trucks, providing customers with an unparalleled nationwide service.

The association welcomes small, medium and large courier companies that provide, and can demonstrate, a professional level of service. Our common goal is to drive the courier industry though members ''delivering excellence together''.

As a member of the NCDA, businesses gain recognition as a professional and actively engaged courier company. Members can provide national coverage through other NCDA members and it works hand in hand with Courier Exchange (CX) membership, benefiting from access to a closed group of members.

Membership benefits include networking and business promotion opportunities, discounts and exclusive member benefits from many industry suppliers including CX and credit check services. Read more about joining the NCDA.

The NCDA was formed in 2015 after two leading associations joined forces, the NCA (National Couriers Association) and the DA (Despatch Association).

NCDA Code of Practice 

NCDA Rules and Conditions


In 2015 the NCA and the DA joined to create the NCDA


The NCA, 1988 > 2014

The NCA (National Courier Association) was founded in 1988 as a trading association called the NNCC (National Network of Courier Companies), to enable members to inter-trade and provide customers with a national same-day collection and delivery service.

Membership was limited to established courier companies only, that meet a specific requirement, and who agreed to a code of practice, thus protecting any member that wished to trade, and ensuring continuity of service quality for customers.

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The DA, 1985 > 2014

The Despatch Association was an independent trade association that protected the interests of its members while raising the profile of the courier industry nationally through government lobbying.