6 Guidelines for Shipping Internationally

Shipping packages internationally has never been easier, or more efficient than now. Prior to sending off your precious cargo, there are a few things to keep in mind. Whether it be for business or personal reasons, follow these 6 tips to ensure your package arrives safe and secure with a shipping company.

1. Custom Regulations

One of the first things you should take into consideration before sending out your package is custom regulations. This should be done regardless of how the item will leave your country and enter another (for example a plan, train, or shipping container). Every country is different, and so too are their rules and regulations of what is permitted. So, before you ship your package, have a quick read as to what will be rejected at the border.

Not doing so can have costly affects and result in your package being denied. In addition, for special or unusual items, you may be required to fill out additional paperwork or documentation to include with it. This could be a form as simple as your identification, proof of purchase, or origin.  However, not including the correct paperwork will likely result in the package being intercepted.

2. Additional Fees

You’d be wrong to assume that every package will be subjected to the same price. Depending on how heavy the package is, the size of it, and where it is heading, the price can drastically change. Plus, there may be additional custom fees you have to pay for the border it is entering. Finally, be aware of tariff rates you are expected to pay for the country it is headed to. Just as every package is unique, so too are the fees and costs associated with shipping it.

3. Time of Transit

If you are in a hurry to get the item to your destination, you should look into the expected delivery time. Some countries may not offer overnight deliveries, and it is good to know this prior to sending your item. It is also a good idea to plan ahead, and give yourself plenty of time for it to get there. Seeing as the item is travelling a further distance, chances of delays or unexpected interruptions are much more likely. Plus, custom clearance can take a long time, so it is best to plan accordingly.

4. Packaging

This not only means to pack your item in such a way that it stays safe in transit. But, this means labelling the box according to the rules and regulations of the country you are sending it to. The box should also be clean, and have clear, easy to read labels.

5. Restricted Items

There may be certain that are restricted in your desired shipping location. That’s why, prior to sending off your item, you will need to check the restricted items list. Be sure to check both countries (the item’s destination, and country it is being shipped from). If it is banned in either, it will likely be intercepted. There are also strict rules that dictate the quantity of a product you are allowed to ship into the country. Not knowing the quantity or restriction can be a costly error on your part, and result in the package being seized.

6. Insurance Coverage

As mentioned above, because your package is travelling further and longer, the chances of it being damaged are greater. This is why you should consider getting insurance on your package. That way, it will be protected along its journey. So, if an accident were to occur, you can rest assured that you’re not at a loss.

Jeremiah Bradford

This is Jeremiah, aka. the co-founder of So Happi Together. My girlfriend and I are the ones who keep this blog running. We've been (so happily) together for a long, long time, yet our relationship is still going stronger than ever. At the risk of sounding too mushy, I truly believe she is my better half. Just don't tell her I said this, but I'm the better writer!

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