Shipping product internationally is the lifeblood of a lot of businesses out there, but the truth is that if you’re just starting out or you have never actually shipped anything internationally, it can be quite confusing at first. There are different shipping rates and a whole slew of rules that you need to follow in order to be able to ship your product internationally and have the peace of mind it’s delivered fast and always on time.

Shipping deadlines

During the holiday season, it’s normal for a lot of people to actually order a lot of products and while they know that the shipping may be delayed due to the increased volume of packages the postal service and other carriers need to deal with, they still expect their package to be delivered on time or maximum 2-3 days later. And while you may be doing a great job with shipping the product on time, beyond this point it won’t be possible for you to be in control of it anymore. So if you think that the product may not be delivered on time, it’s best that you inform your customers about it.

Learn how to ship fast and effectively

If done by hand, you should know that shipping product internationally can be very profitable. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that you cannot send certain products overseas. For instance, if you want to send a deck of cards to someone in Spain, that’s completely illegal. However, if you have an automated shipping process in place, you won’t ever have to worry about making such mistakes, which, can be quite costly in the long run. With the right technology in place, you can easily ship product on time and ensure your clients get it fast.

Your packages have to be properly padded

Regardless of what you’d like to ship, it’s essential that the items are packaged properly so that they aren’t damaged during transit. Bubble wrap, packing peanuts and Styrofoam should be used extensively in order to ensure safe delivery. Also, one thing that a lot of clients are definitely going to appreciate is special packaging based on the season.

Tracking

Lastly, you need to send your clients a tracking number for each and every order they place. This way, they’ll know where their package is at any given moment and adjust their schedule so that they’re home when it is supposed to be delivered.