Before we start, be sure to gather the following materials:
International shipping involves import and export regulations for both origin and destination countries. Research these regulations to avoid issues with restricted products or required documentation. Additionally, consider taxes, duties, and fees associated with international shipping to prevent unexpected costs and maintain customer satisfaction. Here are a few for Canada, Australia, the UK, and the EU to get you started.
Select the most suitable carrier for your business by comparing shipping rates, delivery speeds, tracking, and insurance options among USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL. If you are an EasyPost customer, be sure to take advantage of our analytic tools to compare shipping times and rates. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a carrier:
Be sure to check out our blog post that breaks down the best international shipping options for more info.
Packaging your products correctly is vital to prevent damage during transit and ensure a positive customer experience. Here's how you can prepare different types of items for shipping:
Remember to choose the right box size—big enough to fit your items along with necessary padding, but without too much empty space that could lead to items shifting during transit. Use strong packing tape to secure your boxes and ensure they won't open during shipping.
Create shipping labels for your packages using EasyPost's solution or alternative label creation options. Verify that the recipient's address, return address, and customs information are correct on the label. Purchase postage online or at a local post office, depending on your chosen carrier. EasyPost offers discounted shipping rates and convenient postage printing.
Finally, follow the instructions provided by your chosen carrier and send your packages on their way.
International shipping can be a major headache, especially if not done right. But don’t worry - EasyPost's got your back! With discounted shipping rates, access to over 100 regional, national, and international carriers, and a customizable API, you'll be an international shipping pro in no time. Ready to take the plunge? Get shipping today.