A Beginner’s Guide To International Shipping

by | Dec 24, 2012 | Business

If you need to ship items internationally you may be a bit overwhelmed by the entire process and very worried that your items will not make it to their final destination. This article will give you a few ideas on how to make shipping internationally a little less frightening for you. You need to realize that your items will be taken good care of and it is no one’s intent to harm or to lose your personal belongings.

The first step you should take if you have a need for international shipping is to go to your local United States Post Office. There you will be able to attain some customs forms. You will need 2976 as well as 2976A. These are both for large and small objects. Also pick up a few express mail labels while you are there. You can also get some boxes for items you will want to ship first class.

Next you should keep in mind that the items you are shipping internationally will be traveling quite a long distance. You need to be sure the clearly label them with the name, street address, city and state, postcode and country, as well as perhaps the phone number of the person you are shipping the package to in case it happens to somehow get lost along the way. Put the number along the bottom edge of the package. This will possibly help the package to be delivered even if the address someone gets lost or messed up.

The cheapest way of shipping internationally is first class international. This is an easy way to ship internationally as well. Just tell your postmaster which type of international shipping you would like to use and you will be set.

If you are looking for perhaps a faster way to ship your items internationally you may want to choose Priority mail international. It is just a little faster than first class but this method includes tracking and some insurance as well. If the items you are shipping are valuable this may be the way you will want to go for your shipping needs.

Express mail international is the absolute fastest way of shipping internationally but it also is the most expensive method. You will use the exact same white customs form as you do for priority and fill it out the same way. Generally all of these shipping methods will work, it’s just up to you how much you want to spend and how fast you want your items to be shipped. If money is not an object I would suggest using the express mail international method because you know it will be delivered quickly and with the best of care.

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