International Shipping

International Shipping

Getting your package to an international destination requires basic understanding of the process and required decisions.

Shipping Preparations

Choose a carrier

USPS tends to be less expensive than UPS or FedEx but has sizing and insurance restrictions.

Pack Securely

Choose the right size box and correct packing material to ensure safe arrival.

Customs Form

The main customs form required is a Commercial Invoice; your shipping provider will have a template.

Drop it off

The hard part is done. Make sure to provide tracking information to your buyer.

Transit Path

1

FedEx / UPS / USPS

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2

Foreign Customs

Inspection process is underway

3

FedEx / UPS / USPS

Package is processed by Int’l carrier

4

International Buyer

Buyer receives their item as described

 

Costs for Consideration

Shipping

International shipping costs are high, especially for heavier items and quicker/more trackable delivery methods.

Taxes

Many countries charge a Value Added Tax (VAT) or a General Sales Tax (GST)—in addition to customs duties.

Duties

Also called tariffs, are imposed by most countries on most items entering the country.

Fees

Some countries apply separate fees to cover the costs of moving your product through the customs clearance process.

International FAQs

  • How do I verify that my international item is delivered?

    Verification is done by your shipping carrier. You will need to contact them directly. We encourage all of our sellers to insure their items prior to shipment. Check with your shipping carrier regarding insurance costs for international shipments.

  • How much does it costs to ship an item outside of the U.S.?

    You will have to pay some combination of duties, taxes, and fees which are based on a number of factors for most international shipments. There’s no escaping the fact that international shipping costs are high, especially for heavier items. However, buyers may be quite happy to pay higher fees in order to get your product.  The easiest way to get an estimate is through FedEx or UPS.

  • What is a Harmonized Tariff classification?

    Officially known as Harmonised Tariff Schedule. This is a standard classification for customs forms and can be found here. For example, speakers classification is 8518.22.0000.

  • How do I ship to a buyer outside the U.S.?

    For the most part, international shipping follows the same process as shipping within United States with the addition of a customs form and information regarding restrictions on what can be sent. Be sure to make it clear to international buyers that they are responsible for customs fees or taxes when the items arrives in their country.

  • How do I notify potential buyers that I ship internationally?

    There are two ways to accomplish this. (1) When listing an item, you can select international shipping and assign a flat-rate shipping fee to all international orders regardless of location. (2) Within your product description you can share your acceptance of international shipping. This is a very common practice with our sellers.

    When negotiating on the price of an item via the MAKE OFFER system, you will also be able to adjust the shipping rate based on the location of the buyer. You have the ability to change your shipping policies in your account settings at any time. The most important thing to remember when listing international shipping as an option, is to be as specific as possible. We encourage you to do some research about the cost to ship to popular countries and calculate an appropriate flat-rate for different areas.

     

     

     

  • Where can I find detailed international shipping information?

    We have a lot of information on the site, but always recommend you contact a trusted national carrier for specifics. UPS International Shipping Guide.