When it comes to international shipping, consumers and companies must be aware of the associated costs; moreover, they must possess the necessary know-how to comply with international export regulations.
While shipping is straightforward, executing it correctly may be a problem; when it comes to international shipping, you can either hire specialists to do it for a fee or handle it yourself and assume all risk.
To begin, you must understand the equation behind the computation of shipping costs:
Three variables affect the equation: zone, weight, and dimensions. This is sometimes referred to as Dimm weight, and if you send a feather weighing 1 ounce in a big box, you will be charged for the equivalent of 10+ pounds of weight.
You are paying for airplane space! Therefore, keep this in mind while you are packing. Additionally, depending on the destination, certain countries may deny the goods; thus, always verify with carriers. For instance, Muslim nations ban the export of anything considered to be insulting to religion, which means that sending a Penthouse Magazine to Kuwait will result in its confiscation.
Here are a few packing tips:
Utilize a box that is both sturdy and large enough to provide for appropriate padding. Additionally, the business sells a variety of box sizes, as well as padded mailers, mailing tubes, and other packaging materials. If you want to reuse a box, be careful to remove or cross out any prior shipping labels and inspect the box for any weak places or fractures. Whether used or new, ensure certain the box is constructed of sturdy corrugated cardboard. Boxes that are too thin, such as the majority of shoe boxes or gift boxes, are insufficiently robust for shipment.
Spare no expense on cushioning material. You can use shredded or crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap, Styrofoam(TM) peanuts, or even plain air-popped popcorn for the shredded or crumpled newspaper. Items should be packed securely to minimize moving, and the cushioning material should cover all sides of the object.
If you’re sending many products, wrap each one individually and offer sufficient padding to prevent movement.
Fragile things require further protection:
Include a return address label inside the package for added identification. Shake the package carefully after packing. If there is no movement, it is ready to seal.
A firm seal is critical, which is why you should always use shipping-grade tape, such as pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced Kraft paper tape, or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape. These goods are available for purchase in the store. We strongly advise against the usage of wrapping paper, thread, masking tape, or cellophane tape.
Assemble the box and tightly seal the center seams on both the top and bottom. All other seams should be taped, and no exposed places should be left that might catch on machinery.