While international shipping doesn’t always need any particular customs clearance, it’s important to know what to expect when shipping goods overseas.
Clarify if the package can be shipped internationally
There are many factors that determine which types of commodities may be shipped across a country’s borders and who can receive certain types of shipments. Check Export.gov to find out if your package is good to go.
Select a customs broker
A customs broker is someone with the knowledge and expertise to guide companies through the complex process of importing and exporting goods. They can make imports and exports easier for any company by providing information about the different laws and regulations that govern these processes.
Customs brokers work to help companies avoid fines and penalties by doing everything they can to ensure compliance with the laws.
Gather all the necessary info
Make sure you have all the right information ready to go. These details include:
- What is the purpose of your shipment?
- Are you shipping a commodity or document?
- What is your commodity’s value?
- What is your commodity’s country of origin?
- Who will be the importer or consignee?
- Who is going to pay for transportation charges?
The commercial invoice is a customs document that provides info for customs authorities. This helps them understand if the goods can move in or out of the country.
Create an International Shipping Label
You can print an international shipping label online from either USPS or FedEx in a few simple steps.
Finish and submit customs documents
Make sure to accurately describe what is in the shipment. Include details like what the product is, how much of the product is there, what material is it made of, and what is the country of manufacture. Having these details on your customs documents will help to prevent any delays.
Package your item and ship it
Package your item in appropriate packaging and find The Box Depot your local USPS or FedEx to send your package on its way.