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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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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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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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International Mail Forwarder

International Mail Forwarding Service


International Mail Forwarding Service. Get Your US Address Today!

Neighborhood Parcel Of Lowell MA USA is proud to announce the launch of its International mail Forwarding Website: http://www.GetMyUsMail.com. This website will allow international users to create Mail Forwarding service accounts, get US address, access millions of US based Merchants and simply the International mail Forwarding process.

Mr.Bechat is the current CEO of this Company and he stated that the Company has experienced great success in the International mail Forwarding service. He added “what makes us unique is that we deliver on what we promise, our customer service response time is usually within hours, our shipping rates are some of the lowest in the market, we ship via FedEx, UPS, DHL and EMS. Nothing is too small or too big for us. Our staff is fluent in French, English and Arabic and always eager to help.”

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Once a user opens an account and submit the necessary proof of identity documents, they will get a genuine USA address where they can ship their products to. Neighborhood Parcel will consolidate and ship the merchandise. This will usually save money in the long run. Mr Bechat stated that his company currently offers FREE consolidation and storage service. Most of US vendors refuse to ship internationally due to restrictions and prohibitive cost, having a US address will fix this issue and allow users to save money and access millions of US made items from jeans to Iphones. For more info, visit: http://www.NeighborhoodParcel.com or http://www.GetMyUsMail.com


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FedEx vs DHL Shipping Discounts

FedEx UPS DHL Shipping Discounts 


Logistics giants UPS and FedEx issued their 2009 rates increases just as their market went into transition with DHL’s announcement it would pull out of the U.S. express market (see story, p. 13). UPS’ rates include an increase of 5.9% for ground packages and a 4.9% rate hike on all air express and U.S. origin international shipments, based on a 6.9% rate increase and a 2% decrease in fuel surcharge. FedEx matched UPS’ ground hike of 5.9% and express by 6.9%.But despite the carrier’s price increases and DHL’s exiting the market, some market watchers say this is a very good time to negotiate rates with small parcel carriers. The overall freight market’s malaise coupled with the small parcel market’s uncertainty in the wake of the DHL move has carriers very hungry for volume. Robert W. Baird analyst Jon Langenfeld said he has concerns about carriers’ ability to raise prices as demand remains weak.

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In a recent interview, Bill Knasinski, vice president of parcel and logistics solutions at Pittsburgh-based Genco, told Purchasing that now is the best time in recent history to negotiate with small parcel carriers. “Carriers are being very aggressive. Most of our clients have seen over 20% cost reductions [from small parcel providers],” Knasinski told Purchasing.

Neighborhood Parcel can help you offset this rate hike by giving us 10% OFF when you open a new House Account today. No hidden fees, no surcharges, no pick up fees! Save on FedEx and UPS shipping today