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International Shipping Guide


Shipping internationally from Boston MA or Lowell MA can be very confusing with the many forms, foreign addresses, and different courier services available. In addition to the confusion, worrying about lost, stolen or damaged packages might make you think twice about sending an expensive item overseas. However, you can do several things to ensure your package arrives safely to its destination. Leaving this complex task to the expectations can be your first step, Neighborhood Parcel with its decades of service in the international shipping and packaging industry can make your next shipment simple and affordable.

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During the international shipping process, packages are handled, loaded and unloaded many times. This is why you should carefully consider how you will protect your shipment. Use sturdy, undamaged cardboard box as your container. Holes or tears in boxes can become bigger as they are handled multiple times. Use approved shipping tape, which is typically made of strong, clear plastic and adhesive. Do not use masking tape, which tears easily and is meant to be used while painting, not for shipping packages. Some couriers, such as UPS, will not accept packages wrapped in masking tape.


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For the interior, consider using bubble wrap, which is reusable and recyclable. Wrap the items well to protect them — and not just from damage. Despite measures by governments to protect packages, theft can happen. Some nations require that all packages be opened to verify their contents, and dishonest workers occasionally take advantage. By wrapping the item well in bubble wrap and tape, you have a better chance at thwarting thieves who must work quickly to take what they want. For professional packaging service, you can rely on Neighborhood Parcel to do all your packaging and shipping services.

Addresses and International Customs

The forms you use for international shipping are extremely important. Ensure that the destination address is correct. If you are sending to a country where English is not widely spoken, such as China, include the foreign language address alongside the English address to assist the foreign courier service that will be handling your package once it arrives to port. Many international customs officials are wary of packages without return addresses, so don’t forget yours. Our Neighborhood Parcel consultants will help our clients complete all export documents correctly and at no additional charge.

In addition to the destination address, customs forms such as Certificate Of Origin and Commercial invoice are typically required. These forms will ask for addresses, the names of the shipper and recipient, an item list and an estimated cost of the items you are shipping. Depending on the total cost, additional customs fees may be required. Without customs forms, the recipient nation reserves the right to hold your package indefinitely.


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Boston Shipping Couriers

Many companies ship internationally; however we prefer to use FedEx, UPS,  DHL and the U.S. Postal Service. Not every courier will be able to deliver to your destination address, so it is important that you check with us to see if they ship to your desired area. FedEx and DHL run their shipping service similar to how it is run in the U.S. You ship with the same company that delivers the package. But DHL and the U.S. Postal Service, especially the latter, often work with the foreign postal service to deliver the package. For shipments to rural locations, using the area’s local postal service is usually better than using a foreign shipping company like FedEx or DHL.


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Economy Of How Much?


How Much? How Much? How Much? How Much? How Consumers and businesses are flocking to the internet to shop around for the lowest prices, international shipping service is no exception! But be careful what you wish for the cheapest shipping rates are not always the best option!

Economy Impacting Shipping Industry:

Consumers are being squeezed hard these days, spending is being cut, inflation is up and cost of everything is going up! Fuel cost increases are affecting the transportation industry and forcing airliners and carriers to raise their rates to offset the rate hikes and drop in volume! Consumers are reacting to this phenomenon by limiting their International shipping to bare minimum and utilizing Ground transportation. Air Express Shipments have been reduced dramatically. Consumers are using email and PDF files to share documents almost instantly and they have almost no need for the Post Office or Overnight shipping.

Shipping Quote: How Much?

Consumers and businesses are using the internet to shop around! Don’t count on customer loyalty factor here. It is all about How much? Cost concerns are driving Shipping Quote request volume to historic levels. Everyone is looking for the same thing: Low prices! Shipping companies are realizing that answering these quote requests is big time-wasting exercise. Often, shipping companies will spend time and resources to get the customer a quote but 90% of the time, customers are just shopping around for lowest price or trying to get a written quote to force other vendors to lower their shipping quote. Customers often play shipping companies against its other.

Shipping companies cannot afford to pursue these leads anymore, they are time-consuming and they often do not generate revenue for them. When they do, the margins are so low that the shipping companies lose money in long run. Often consumers won’t bother giving accurate dimensions or weight to calculate the shipping rate, “Just tell me how much will it cost to ship a medium box to Africa?” Shipping companies can not just pick a number and hope for the best, shipping quotes MUST be accurate or close to it if you want to end up with a happy customer.

To compute a shipping quote, customers need to provide:

  • Destination Information: City, State, Country
  • Size of shipment Length, Height, Width
  • Weight of shipment.
  • Content of shipment: Make sure it is allowed by international standards.
  • Value: Insurance and Tax values.
  • Preferred method of shipping: Ground, freight or Express
  • Packaging.

At Neighborhood Parcel, we take quote requests seriously and we do our part in providing accurate quotes within 48 Hrs whenever possible. However there are occasions where we do not answer quotes, here are few examples:

  • Incomplete Requests.
  • Prohibited commodities.
  • Shipping to restricted areas.
  • Inaccurate Data.
  • Bogus requests.
  • Complex logistics.
  • Low Margin projects.
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College Move Out Service


College Move Out Service

Looking for College Move Service in Boston MA area? Remember that day you moved into your college dorm at the beginning of the school year and everything looked so…clean? Well the time has come to an end. Time to dismantle your tower of empty energy drink cans. Yes, college move out day is just around the corner and summer vacation can’t come soon enough. We know, because we were college students too one day.

College Move out day is one of the biggest sources of college roommate angst. Our Moving service makes it easy to move out to college or move back home. From our on time pick and delivery of your packages to state of the art tracking system of your valuables; we do college moving like no other while saving you time and money. Here are a few ways to get through the process College Moving pain-free:

Start packing early.

Bit by bit you should be starting to pack up stuff you won’t be needing over the next couple weeks. Not only does this make for less work on move out day, but if you share the same room it makes it less crazy if everyone isn’t scrambling to pack and move things at the last minute. We can provide you with college moving kit that contains all needed supplies to pack your dorm room. The contain will include boxes, tape and address labels.

Determine a time when everyone is still there to clean.

Some schools will charge students an extra cleaning fee to all students who share a room if they leave it behind in bad condition. Even if they don’t charge you a cleaning fee, it’s still the respectful thing to do to leave the place spotless. Determine a time after papers and finals are over for all your roommates to chip in on cleaning your place. When you make it a group effort it can get done quickly and you aren’t the only one burdened with the cost of cleaning supplies. Nothing is worst than having to be the last one to move out and be stuck with a gigantic mess to clean up.

When packing for your college move, it is best to create a list of all of the items that you will need.  This list may include clothes, books, pictures, posters, dishes, room décor and electronics.  Leave expensive valuables or family heirlooms behind.  Try to pick items that will help you to feel at home while also serving as necessities for everyday living.  Refer to the following list for examples:

  • Pack the books that will help in studying only for the classes for which you are registered.
  • Bring only a portion of your room decor (posters, pictures, pillows or other accessories), as your space is typically cut in half.
  • Opt for portable music players with a docking station instead of a stereo, or playing music through your computer.
  • Purchase a television that is cable ready with built in players.
  • Rent a refrigerator from campus or purchase one once you arrive on campus.
  • Leave behind any furniture, unless it is small and compact.
  • Purchase lightweight plastic dishes as opposed to glass or ceramics.

Boston MA area College students are moving from a house to a dorm or one bedroom of an apartment.  Your room will be multi-functional serving as a sleeping area, living area, study area and even dining area.  Choose to bring the items that will help with this ease of transition between uses.

It is not as common for families to hire movers to relocate their child’s belongings to a college campus.  In all likelihood you, your parents, or your friends, will be helping to move you out of your parents’ home and into your college home.  Pack sparingly to adjust for this factor.  You may conserve space in the moving vehicle by only bringing seasonal clothes, cutting your shoe collection in half or opting to buy a laptop instead of packing your desktop.  Remember it is always possible to ship forgotten items or to pick something up the next time you are visiting home.

For more information about our college move out or moving services, call us at (978) 851.0199 or book online here


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FedEx International Shipping


FedEx Shipping Center Tewksbury MA

Neighborhood Parcel of Tewksbury MA is your nearest FedEx Shipping center if you are located in Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury and Wilmington MA. Neighborhood Parcel staff can help you package and ship your last minute gifts, FedEx pre-paid returns and

Determine if the country you’re shipping to considers your product a document or a commodity.
Whenever you ship internationally, you should always begin by determining if the product you’re shipping is a document or not. Although the question seems straightforward, different countries classify documents differently, and those classifications can be confusing.

Generally, a commodity which is typed, written or printed matter with no commercial value is treated as a document. Typically, this type of commodity does not require a Commercial Invoice. If the commodity you’re shipping is part of a commercial transaction or has commercial value, it may be considered a non-document or commodity, thus requiring a Commercial Invoice.

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To be sure about your commodity’s classification, check the Country Profiles feature on FedEx Global Trade Manager. For assistance determining the documents needed to accompany your international shipments, use the Find International Documents tool on FedEx Global Trade Manager.

FedEx International Shipping Service

In addition to finding the right documentation for your international shipments, you can also prepare, store and reuse customs documents online with the FedEx Document Preparation Center on FedEx Global Trade Manager. Your shipment information is even transferred right into FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com so you can quickly complete your shipping label.

Provide an accurate and detailed description of your product.
One of the most common reasons for customs delays is an inaccurate or vague shipment description. A good description answers the following questions:

  • What is it?
  • How many are there?
  • What is it made from?
  • What is the intended use?
Poor description Good description
Parts Two steel springs for woodworking machine
Gifts Unsolicited gift: One men’s knitted sweater (100 percent cotton)
Samples 200 cm x 400 cm nylon carpet samples for demonstration
Documents 30 pages of legal documents

Provide the proper classification for your product.
Whether you’re importing, exporting or both, you need to properly classify your products under the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes to meet the U.S. and foreign governments’ customs requirements.

All of the import and export codes used by the U.S. are based on the HTS. The HTS assigns six-digit codes for general categories. Countries that use the HTS are allowed to define commodities at a more detailed level than six digits, but all definitions must be within that six-digit framework. The U.S. defines products using 10-digit HTS codes. Export codes (which the U.S. calls Schedule B) are administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. Import codes are administered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. (From FedEx .com)


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DHL Express Shipping Service


DHL time definite export services allow you to ship goods to more than 220 countries and territories by a specific time or by the end of the next possible business day. The world’s largest global network means your exports move quickly, reliably and safely with one easy-to-use export account for all of your document and non-document shipments. There is no easier and more convenient way to ship around the globe. Let DHL take care of all the details from door-to-door and everything in between. Start shipping your DHL packages today using the Lowell DHL shipping center and save time and money. Call us today to get a free DHL shipping Quote: (978)851-0199

Features and Benefits

  • Our international shipping focus means we are continually optimizing our global routing, connecting you to the world even faster.
  • Shortest and reliable transit times, including earliest deliveries in major U.S. cities.
  • In-house customs brokers using state-of-the-art technology provide a streamlined clearance process and a faster service for you and your customers.

DHL Worldwide Reach

  • Export shipments of virtually any size or weight to 120,000 destinations in more than 220 countries and territories.
  • Benefit from the world’s largest express global delivery service with more experience shipping to more international destinations than any other carrier.
  • State-of-the-art DHL hubs around the world from Cincinnati to Shanghai allow your shipments to move at full-speed.

Our Quality Control

  • Our pioneering Quality Control Center in Cincinnati, combined with 5 others around the world, allows us to coordinate information worldwide 24/7.
  • We monitor 90,000,000 global checkpoints daily to spot crisis situations that might impact your shipment.
  • Receive detailed shipment data, including date and time of delivery, customs documents, waybills, service changes, costs and more with our online invoicing tools.

Full Visibility Of Your Shipment

  • Total visibility of every shipment.
  • DHL ProviewTM allows for proactive notification of pickups, deliveries and more via email or SMS text messaging.
  • Track shipments online by account number, waybill number, and more.
  • 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

Safety & Security

  • Guaranteed proof of delivery.
  • Your package stays with DHL door-to-door, with no third-party forwarder involved.
  • DHL experts in all service areas with knowledge of local regulations and routes.
  • Rely on DHL as a trusted carrier to deliver your important time-sensitive shipments.\

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