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International Shipping

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Should I offer international shipping?

If you have products that are in demand outside the country in which you operate, offering international shipping obviously benefits your customers in those countries—as well as your sales volume.

There are many variables to consider, but if the demand exists and you can cover (or charge the customer for) the incremental shipping, handling, and governmental costs, selling internationally can be straightforward to enable with a robust shipping platform.


why sell internationally

Selling internationally: Considerations to make

Within your selling environment:

  • Multi-currency checkout options for visitors
  • International address support
  • International payment gateway
  • Location-based duties and taxes
  • Multiple language capabilities

Shipping Environment:

  • Ability to print international shipping labels
  • Fill out customs forms (either manually or automatically through shipping software)
  • Complete electronic trade forms
  • Understand harmonized code
  • Identify the country of origin on your packages
  • Describe the contents of your package (commercial, merchandise, gift, etc)

Physical Environment:

  • Label and mark all packages appropriately

Shipping software helps with international shipping

While international shipping requires extra steps and forms, most shipping solutions can automatically populate and print the required forms with very little set up. In addition, many software providers integrate directly with International Consolidators offering severely discounted rates to minimize the cost of shipping orders overseas.

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