Top 10 Things to Consider When Shipping Internationally

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Shipping abroad brings a number of special considerations you have to take into account before you head down to the local shipping center. If items like customs, packaging, transit time and special fees are not in order your package can be seized

by customs in either the shipping or the destination country for not follow the rules.

Nisha Sharma of UK based Primier Interational Movers shares a list of ten areas that need to be in tip top shape before shipping internationally.

Top 10 Things to Consider When Shipping Internationally

1. Customs Forms

International packages must go through customs at both the country of origin and the destination country. This means that you will probably have to fill out two customs forms and possibly have to pay two fees.

2. Value Fees

The more valuable your package is, the higher the fees you will have to pay. Different countries have different fee scales, so you may have to pay more for one of the two countries.

3. Tariffs

Many countries impose a special fee known as a tariff on some products that are brought into or sent out of the country. This fee is over and above any customs fees you will have to pay.

4. Transit Time

When a package is being shipped domestically, you can almost always be viagra 100 mg cheap certain it will get there on time. This is not the case for international packages. While you can overnight a package to certain destinations, it may take a couple of weeks for a priority package to arrive at others; regular mail can take months in some locations.

5. Packaging Methods

Many countries have different rules regarding packaging and any packages you ship will have to meet the requirements of both your country and the destination country.

6. Transport Methods

When you ship a package abroad, you cannot always be certain it will travel in your preferred manner. It might go by plane, by boat or by any number of other methods of travel. You need to be certain your package can endure a trip by cargo container, for example, or pay the extra to have it flown.

7. Restricted Items

Each country has its own list of restricted items. If anything in your package is on either list, it will either not be allowed to ship or it will order viagra cheap be seized by customs agents.

8. Special Services

Some of the services you are used to receiving, such as delivery confirmation, may not be available in all countries.

9. Perishable Products

Each country has special rules for perishable products, especially food and cheap cialis online alcohol. There are limits on what you can

send, how much you can send and how often. You may have to get permission from government agencies in one or both countries before shipping your package.

10. Live Animals

Live animals, whether livestock or pets, also fall into a special category and have a special set of rules and regulations. If you are planning to ship living animals abroad, be prepared to fill out numerous forms and wait to receive permission from both countries.

This article was written by Nisha Sharma, on behalf of www.premier-international-movers.co.uk.

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Niamh Allan July 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I think Logistics capability is also important factor while shipping internationally. The quality of the product will not matter if the products are not delivered to the market at right time.  Seasonal fluctuations and weather should be taken into consideration.

George Muha July 21, 2012 at 3:18 am

Great point Niamh!  Thanks for sharing some more points that need to be considered when shipping internationally!!!

Neil Cartwright September 28, 2012 at 3:48 am

Extremely useful information regarding the hidden costs associated with international shipping. For years, the shipping industry has been riddled with surcharges and obscure fees designed to squeeze more out of the customer.

However… there is a new company to the industry, a first of its kind, which aims to provide transparency, and simplify the whole price comparison and booking process when shipping goods internationally.

Check out http://www.transporteca.com, an online booking portal where customers (small/medium businesses) can search for transportation options from freight forwarders and instantly compare prices and services from a growing database of providers. You can select the best match for your needs, book directly with a forwarder over the Transporteca site, and receive immediate confirmation.

With efficiency improved and procedures more visible from all angles, the waters surrounding the international trade just got (literally) much easier to navigate. Surely this is a major positive change for all in the business?

John Lucas October 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

It’s interesting to know just how many regulations and requirements go into international freight shipping. If I were a freight broker (http://a1freightsystems.com), I would be interested in knowing up-to-the minute changes going on in the industry.

Freight Broker Agent November 7, 2012 at 1:37 am

This post is really helpful!!! These top 10 are should be noted when shipping internationally. We could not afford to gamble our cargoes without knowing all these.

Terry J November 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I’m wondering why you didn’t mention perishables. After all, transporting them on long distances could be troublesome. And, despite the aura of common disbelief about that form of cargo delivery, perishables tend to be hauled over long hauls.
Apart from that, great post. Visit: http://www.wilshipping.com/cargo-freight

Parcel's Forwarding November 16, 2012 at 2:31 am

Very informative! that’s why package forwarding service cost much because of surcharges and obscure fees.

Cargo Link November 16, 2012 at 4:15 am

Nice! factors to be considered in freight services while shipping internationally.

MJ Resources January 24, 2013 at 5:47 am

Very informative! that’s why package forwarding service cost much because of surcharges and obscure fees, this is quite true by Parcel’s Forwarding there. How about coordination of collection of shipment from door wherever it maybe, and ship via air or ocean into the most convenient port to suit you. Coupled with complete customs brokerage services and port / airport handling .Handling the shipment door to door, even to the most remote locations.

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