The thought of sending a shipment to the other side of the world can seem daunting—it may feel like there is a never-ending list of considerations, forms and regulations. Is it best to send the goods by land, air or sea? What is going to be the most cost-effective option? How should the shipment be packaged? Don’t let the logistics of international shipping scare you away. Unishippers is here to help!
Follow these simple tips to ensure your international shipping goes smoothly:
1) Understand your shipping options
The first step is to make sure you are using the most efficient shipping method for your goods. UPS offers more small package delivery options internationally than any other carrier—meaning, depending on your business needs, Unishippers and UPS can help create the perfect solution. Talk with your Unishippers shipping consultant to determine the best shipping service for your timeframe and budget.
2) Get an accurate shipping quote
When requesting a quote, be sure to provide as-accurate-as-possible information. This will help you anticipate the correct shipping costs from the start. Make sure to know the weight and size of the goods being shipped, including packing materials and delivery requirements for the shipment.
3) Document everything
When shipping internationally, remember that complete and accurate documentation is critical to keep shipments moving. Make sure to include the original, as well as copies, of the commercial invoice with your package. To help you determine what other documentation may be required, UPS.com offers a comprehensive library of international forms along with a tool for Country or Territory Regulations.
4) Be aware of additional fees
There are certain fees when shipping international packages that you may not experience when shipping domestically. You can avoid being surprised by researching and understanding international shipping costs up front. Talk to your Unishippers’ team about what duties you should expect to pay for your goods, and keep in mind other common fees for international shipping such as documentation and customs examination fees.
5) Pack your shipments carefully
While UPS takes pride in handling packages with care, your package is usually handled by machinery during the shipping process. It’s important to make sure your packages are properly packed to avoid the possibility of damage. Follow these guidelines to ensure your shipment is packaged properly.
You should also consider the most efficient way to package your shipment. Depending on the type of service, there may be a better way to prepare your packages. For example: when shipping by air, remember to consider dimensional weight (the space the box takes up), which may determine the most cost-effective way to package your shipment.
6) Consider shipment insurance
Shipping insurance can cover any losses due to damage or theft in transit and may be worth the additional cost. Small parcel insurance protects your shipments against loss, damage or delay no matter where in the globe you’re shipping. Be sure to talk with your Unishippers account team about purchasing shipment insurance through UPS Capital when requesting a quote.
With Unishippers + UPS, you can ship to virtually anywhere in the world with confidence. We offer a wide selection of international express services, including:
• UPS Worldwide Express
• UPS Worldwide Saver
• UPS Worldwide Expedited
Plus, our team of shipping experts is standing by to provide the personal attention your business deserves. We can assist you from document preparation all the way to delivery, all while saving time, trouble and money on your shipping.