More and more, businesses of all types and sizes are looking to ship their wares and goods internationally. Many businesses feel that they need to offer this service to stay competitive, especially as they grow. If you are new to business or are looking into international shipping for your products, there are a few things to keep in mind that can be immensely helpful.
- Know what you can and cannot ship. Before you worry about international shipping, it can be helpful to look up if you are actually capable of shipping your items to other countries! Depending on the product, you might not be able to ship internationally. Being aware of what is allowed and what is not will be essential to your business.
- Make delivery dates clear. International shipping takes quite a bit longer than domestic shipping. In many cases, international shipping is also going to be more of a loose date than a set and firm one. Helping customers understand that their products might need extra time with international shipping will ensure a better outcome.
- Understand foreign taxes or tariffs. Different countries have different regulations as well as different taxes and markets. Sometimes you can pass these fees along to the consumer, other times you might want to foot the bill. Becoming familiar with the differences in duties, taxes or tariffs can help you make an informed decision.
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