There are many factors that have to be taken into account when you are sending products overseas and the process and regulations can become even more complicated depending on which country you are sending packages to. Here are five of the most important factors to keep in mind when you are shipping products overseas.
- Custom Regulations
The first thing you should take into consideration when you are sending things overseas is the customs regulation. All products that are to be sent to another country have to clear customs regardless of whether they are being shipped or flown to their destination. Usually you would have to get clearance from two customs offices, one from your local one and the other from the destination country.
- Custom fees
When sending products overseas you are charged a fee by the customs department. The fee will be more expensive or cheaper based on its value and the country where it’s being sent to. It is therefore wise to check the custom fees for different countries before sending products.
- Restricted Items
There are a lot of products that are restricted in some countries, so you need to consider this before preparing a huge package only to find that it is not permitted in the country you are trying to send it to. Check the list for restricted packages for the country you are sending products from and those of the country that you are sending packages to.
The risk of damage is very high when sending packages internationally. That is why it is important to make sure that your shipments/packages are insured in case they do get damaged, especially when they are valuable.
- Shipment of plants and animals
If you are looking into shipping plants or animals overseas, there are procedures you have to go through in declaring your shipment to customs. Also ensure that the company that is handling your shipment has the capacity to take care of your products throughout the journey.
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