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Best Way To Ship Overseas


Shipping Overseas Is Not Easy!

International shipping has its advantages from a value perspective because of merchandise and Technology availability overseas and U.S Dollar Currency Exchange rate that can be very beneficial. However, in dealing with international shipping, you will soon discover that you will deal with your destination’s customs office to clear the shipment before you get it delivered.

Neighborhood Parcel has decades of International shipping experience to over 220 worldwide destinations and throughout the years we have identified these destinations as the most corrupt countries, in another word, you will need to bribe a customs officer or local government to access your merchandise. Often this is in addition to customs duty taxes assessed.

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To avoid delays and maintain control of the shipment, we discovered that DHL has the Most Secure Export system worldwide where they maintain control of the shipment at all the time. Another way, if you ship an Apple iPhone or iPad to Russia, DHL will get the clearance done electronically whenever possible and keeps possession of the merchandise. If you ship the same item using Express Mail, for example, the phone is given to customs office for clearance and if in most cases if they like it, they will tax it and assess so many fees to discourage you from getting it and they will confiscate it in the end. DHL will cost a little more up front but you maintain control of your packages at all time.

The second best way is FedEx, they tend to be a little bit cheaper via their Economy service, delivery is usually within 5 to 10 Business days. They are great for deliveries to Europe and Latin America.

The Third and Least Expensive way to ship is to use an Air Cargo Door to door or Door to Port Carrier services like Air Cargo or UPS. They offer great savings for International Moving or Large Cargo shipments, they utilize passenger air crafts to maintain lost cost and low overhead. They can issue Bill Of Lading and Online Tracking just like the other more expensive services.

Worst Way To Ship Overseas

Our Opinion throughout the years of experience is that the Post Office is the worst way to ship your valuable packages. Simply because the post office in most developing countries is corrupt and valuable shipments end up being stolen. The US Post office will provide online tracking until the package leave the US and you will never be able to track it. The loss claim process is very complicated and will take months to resolve. While Priority Mail and International Mail EMS are cheap and economical, it is not the most secure option to get valuable packages delivered.

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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.

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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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FEDEX, DHL INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES


Individuals and businesses shipping from U.S  to other overseas destinations must be aware of the cost, further more they need to have the how to knowledge to deal with International shipping requirements. Shipping is easy, doing it right can be a challenge, when it comes to international and shipping overseas, you can leave it to the professionals to do for a fee or do it yourself and take all the risk.

First you need to know that equation behind shipping cost calculation or shipping to United Kingdom any target country: The equation depends on three factors: Zone, weigh and dimensions. This is usually called Dimm weight where if you ship a feather of 1 OZ in large box, you will pay for equivalent 10+ pounds of weight.

Did you know that all major carriers are raising their International shipping rates? this is in addition to the recent increase of fuel surcharges that exceed the 17% mark!

What can you do to offset these rate hikes? Here are few suggestions:

  1. Let the professionals Packaging and shipping outlet help you package your parcel. They have the expertise that will allow you to use the right size box and packaging to save money. Using a box too big or over packing can be costly!
  2. Ship early and use the Ground service options. This is the most economical option, for Zone one delivery, this transit time is one day!
  3. Consolidate your shipments whenever possible.
  4. Shop around, independent stores tend to offer lower rates as they do not pay loyalty fees! Shipping at UPS or Kinkos will limit your options to UPS and FedEx respectively.
  5. Check the web for coupons and specials.

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INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: DO’S – DON’T S


Whether you have an online retailer, an Expat in foreign country, or just like sending your friends you met on Facebook presents it can get quite expensive to ship internationally. While most tips for shipping domestically apply to international deals there are a few differences that can be helpful to know when looking for cheap international shipping in Metro Boston MA.

  • DO include a label on the inside of the package with both the destination address and your package return address.
  • DO take batteries out of toys, electronics, etc., before shipping.
  • DO check with us before shipping fragile items.
  • DO ship wrapped presents ahead to your destination, especially if traveling by air.
  • Do Include Commercial invoice (CI) with your international shipments
  • DON’T wrap boxes in brown paper or tie with string.
    DON’T use materials like newspaper or real popcorn to package items.
    DON’T use old boxes or gift boxes for shipping gifts.
    DON’T use duct tape, masking tape, or cellophane tape to seal your boxes for shipping.

Can’t find the supplies and packing you need, Look no further than Neighborhood Parcel. We stock a complete range of packaging supplies and materials, including envelopes, boxes, plastic air-bubble cushioning, packing peanuts, tape and many other supplies. Ask us for advice on what supplies will best suit your needs.

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Many international customers don’t want to pay customs duty taxes, so they’ll ask you to say that the item is a gift or less than it’s worth on the customs form. Most sellers recommend against this. Customs agents are constantly opening up items to check value and packing slips. A low value or gift designation on the customs form is a red flag to them. If they hold up or confiscate the package, the customer will probably become irate. You don’t have much to gain by reducing customs tax value.

Shipping internationally can be fairly slow  mostly in Canada, Middle East, Africa and Parts of Europe, for example. Make sure you manage your buyers’ expectations and familiarize yourself with the local regulations. For more info, go to: http://www.neighborhoodparcel.com