Shipping over borders can get complicated if you’re not used to it. There are a number of challenges that can arise, from missing paperwork to a customs agent having a crabby day. That’s why it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the process, so you can be well prepared. Of course, nothing beats hands-on experience, but if you really can’t risk delays, then you could also seek out border crossing services offered by a logistics company.
However, to get you started in the right direction, we’ve provided a few tips that mustn't be overlooked.
When shipping internationally it goes without saying that each and every country has its own set of rules regarding how shipments are handled and transported. This is imperative to read up on- especially if you plan on shipping perishable items. Some countries may require special permits or licenses, but thanks to the good ol’ interwebs you can find out what you need with a few clicks of the mouse.
What’s legal to ship in some countries may land you in jail (or fined) in other countries. This is one of the most important factors to check on, as legality is broad, covering not just physical products, but also substances. For example, lithium ion batteries can be banned on planes while other more obvious products, such as ivory are a big NO.
If possible, consider setting up a warehouse within the country you’re sipping to (if you ship there often). Not only does this help cut alot of the headaches related to deliveries and paying duties, but it’s easier to comply with local regulations since you can use a local wholesaler for manufacturing.
When dealing with customs, tarrifs or taxes on products can potentially increase your budget considerably. There are many factors that can contribute to the cost, including a product’s profile, value, original cost, and the materials it’s made out of. This also requires research before sending your shipment across borders.
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