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Shipping Internationally can be problematic. Here are some useful tips:

We’ve asked a number of experienced international shippers for some important tips for novice shippers.    Here are the top four:

Tip #1 - Use the correct mode and equipment for the cargo you are shipping.
ship1Be familiar with the various types of marine equipment available and use the one that makes the most economic sense possible.  For instance, did you know that when shipping cargo taking up only 1/2 the volume capacity of a 20' (16 cbms) container, it might be cheaper and make more sense to utilize a whole 20' container vs. moving it as LCL?  Most anything under 100 lbs should go via one of them major parcel carriers.

Tip #2 - Make sure of the final destination of your cargo!
There are a lot more door points in the USA than ports or rail ramps to move containers too.  Make sure, especially when drop shipping to your customers nationwide, that your freight is booked to the closest port or rail ramp to your final door destination.  Also, some door points are so far from the nearest rail ramp, that it may make more sense to transload and utilize domestic transportation services to your final destination.

 Tip #3 - Know your terms of sale!
When buying and selling to markets abroad, be familiar with the various terms of sale (INCO Terms) and how this may affect you.  Some terms of sale favor either the buyer or the seller.  When shipping out of the United States, try avoiding terms that require you to pay customs and duties.

Tip #4 - Know your HTS Codes!
Every commodity that is traded worldwide has an assigned HTS code and associated duty rate from the country it is being imported to.  Small details in your commodity's description may have a big impact of the duty rate you will pay translating into big expenses for you.

Here are some helpful links.
We’ve looked through scores of websites and read books big and small.  Rather than writing our own instructions on how to ship internationally, we found two website maintained by the US government, which is better than anything we could have come up with.

http://www.export.gov/logistics/exp_internat_log_home.asp

http://www.business.gov/topic/International_Trade#Exporting

Here is another link we found helpful.  Hurry back!

http://www.interlogusa.com/library.asp