October 18, 2019

Your Guide to International Shipping

In many ways, our world seems smaller than ever before. The click of a button can put us in touch instantly with someone on the other side of the world! However, exchanging goods between countries can be more challenging. Whether you’re needing to ship items internationally for business or personal reasons, PostNet is here to help you navigate the challenges. Read on for everything you need to know about shipping worldwide!


How Does International Shipping Work?


As with domestic shipping, you have options when shipping internationally. You can pay more to get your package there quickly (delivery within 24 hours is possible to hundreds of countries), or choose more budget-friendly options that may take longer. PostNet can help walk you through your options to find the international shipping solution that’s right for your needs.

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Whatever shipping option you select, your package will need to clear customs — the agency in each country responsible for checking and clearing goods that are crossing the border. Customs agents ensure that you have included the right paperwork with your shipment, are not shipping any prohibited items, and have paid adequate taxes and duties. As long as your paperwork is correct and the necessary taxes have been paid, your package will be cleared and move along to its final destination. PostNet is an international shipping expert that can help you prepare your package and forms to ensure a smooth experience.


What Can I Ship Internationally?

Certain items are prohibited regardless of where you’re shipping to, including cash, active debit and credit cards, bullion (bulk gold or silver), anything that could be dangerous in transit (such as weapons, explosives, and infectious or highly flammable items), and contraband.

Many more items are subject to restrictions, either by the shipping carrier or the country of destination, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead and ask PostNet to confirm whether your shipment is okay. Certain items are prohibited by some countries but not others, which can depend on trade agreements, local laws, and other factors.


How Can I Make Sure My Shipment Is Delivered?

The easiest way to ensure that your shipment reaches its destination is to get help from the experts! International shipping can be complex, and there are many potential snags. Attempting to ship prohibited items or failing to properly fill out customs forms can result in your shipment being held up at customs, discarded, or sent back at your own expense.

Be sure to bring your package to the shipping experts at PostNet, who will help you fill out all necessary forms and confirm that your items are acceptable to ship. For added security, take advantage of our custom packing services to protect the contents of your package for their long journey!


Find your local PostNet center to get your next international shipment on its way.


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