The world is getting smaller these days and people are getting closer than ever and no nations and regions are far or at the distance that could not be cover within a day and it’s all due to technology. Technology has changed our lives and made everything easy for us.
For Example, people are now buying things online on internet sitting in their drawing rooms which is eCommerce and many retailers now in search of more customers and to expand their businesses trying selling across border or trying their luck buying and selling things in international market. Well there are many things you should be aware before send a package Internationally.
1. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS OF DESTINATION COUNTRIES
The shipping internationally is way more complicated and your shipments will have to go through many scanners before it enters in other countries. However, if you are well prepared then it is also same as we do shipping domestically.As we know different countries have different customs regulations and restrictions, so we need to be aware about such things before shipping your products across border.
Moreover, these rules and regulations are not very easy to tackle because they keep changing it time to time. Well in such case if can afford you can employ staff to keep close watch on rules and regulation for some countries where you shipped your products frequently. Another, easy way is to find right and experienced shipping carrier that help you to tackle those headaches and make things easy for you. We will discuss on this later in the blog.
If you are small business and wanted to start shipping internationally and cannot afford to employ special staff for it or even cannot afford to pay extra for such service to shipping companies then the better way for you is to restrict shipping to many countries and make list of few countries and keep watch on the rules and regulations of those few countries yourself. Once you start doing well in those few countries on list then you can go for other countries and can employ more people for that or you can pay extra to shipping countries as well.
2. PREPARE ACCURATE CUSTOMS DOCUMENTS
Well preparing accurate paperwork might be time consuming but it will ultimately save your time in customs scanning and your shipment will reach faster to your customers. You need to be aware of all customs regulations and restrictions before you start filling forms and if you keep ready all information in advance, it will make things easy and save your time on preparing necessary paperwork as well.
You should make sure that you have paid all customs fees for destination countries which depend on product type, country itself (as all counties charge different customs fees for different products) and also the quantity or total value of shipment being shipped. It also causes delay if you haven’t paid all customs fees and in such case, it is also possible that you have to pay fines to get through customs.
3. PACKAGING OF PRODUCTS
As we know different products needs to be wrap and package differently for safety reasons to save product from damage and in case of hazardous material to save humans, animals and environment. In addition, items should be package according to regulations of destination country and also labeled carefully as well. There are many shipping companies which might look after all packaging requirement, could be contracted for, in case if you find difficulties in properly packaging your items.
It is also very important to be aware about the restrictions on some items that cannot be shipped to some countries or you need special license or certifications and documentation before shipping it. In case you shipped restricted items then it is possible that customs might siege your shipment.
Well when you are shipping your items internationally, the risk of being damaged or misplaced is very high or it is delivery could be delay due to customs and you have to bare whole amount of shipment, it is always recommended to insured your shipment.
However, it cost you extra which decreases your profit but thinks about the cost of total shipment if it goes missing or damaged on the way.
5. HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHIPPING CARRIER
There is many shipping companies out there, can help you to ship your items safely and without any custom headaches. They charge some money but take of all headaches and give you the liberty to take care of your core business and they will take care of all things related to customs like documentation, insurance and packaging as well. At Complete Transport Solutions we take of all headaches of international shipping.