International Shipping Tips

Shipping domestically is relatively easy. You load up your items into their custom crates or shrink them onto pallets, have a freight carrier pick them up and off they go for delivery. There are a few more moving parts, however, if you are going to be shipping things internationally.

International shipments can go from relatively complicated to nearly impossible depending on where you are shipping to and what the local laws are. Here are some basic tips for shipping large (crated) items internationally. Being aware of these simple things can be the difference between a successful shipment or a disaster.

Is It Worth It?

If you have never shipped before, then you may not be aware of just how expensive it can be to ship large items internationally. It really is the size that matters in a lot of these cases. Relatively inexpensive items (on the order of hundreds of dollars) can end up costing you thousands to ship internationally. Before you set up an international shipment, check into just what the cost of that shipment is going to be. You may find out that the value of the item simply isn’t worth the amount of money it is going to cost to ship it (or receive it) internationally.

What Are the Shipping Rates?

Shipping domestically means that you are going to have flat rate shipping. Domestic companies will charge for distance (typically the further, the more expensive), but the rate is flat and doesn’t vary much after that. International shipping is much different.

Once you cross an international border, charges can go up quite a bit. New rates are applied, taxes and tariffs might be levied, and government approval forms need to be signed. These are typically all added into what is called “landed costs,” which is what the full amount of shipping into another country is going to be. Before you ship, be aware of what your landed cost is going to be so that there are no surprises.

Know the International Law

Did you know that it is illegal to import calendars into Vietnam? If you didn’t and you were trying to send a crate full of novelty calendars there, it might end up being a big problem. Before you try to ship something into another country you need to know what their local laws are regarding the items that you are shipping. You don’t want to find out after the shipment has arrived that it is considered contraband or is illegal.

Consider Using Fulfillment Services

Some companies are able to help you monitor shipping internationally. They are aware of all of the fees that are involved and can help to ensure a shipment arrives where it should and when it should. Make sure to utilize any monitoring services you can to ensure delivery of your shipment.

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