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International Shipping For Everybody Even The Dummies

Aug 4, 2008
So you're thinking about shipping something overseas and you have absolutely no idea how to begin. What should you do first? Who should you call? Does an international shipping company handle everything for you or do you have to make some decisions yourself? If you don't know the answers to these questions you classify as an international shipping dummy and this article can help you.

The first question is, What is the item or items that you need an international shipping company to ship for you? Answering this question will go a long way towards helping you select the proper shipping company for you. Manufactured goods, food products, animals and even people are all shipped to other countries by boat, plane and truck every day. So which method is best for you and how do you go about setting it up?

The beginning of your answer comes from doing a little research. The best place to find a list of international shipping companies is on the internet. Go on line, put the words international shipping into the search box and you'll get a list of companies that can help you. Check the website for each one and you'll find that most have a departure and arrival search function that can give you modes of transport, exit and entry ports, and approximate price estimated by the weight of the shipment.

If you are moving live animals or perishable foods there are some extra steps that you need to take in the selection process for a shipping company. You may have to use that communication instrument known as the telephone to call an international shipping company or two and ask if they can handle a cargo like the one you have to ship. Not every shipping company will move live animals or food so you need to very clear about the nature of what you want shipped.

The next question you need to ask is whether or not the international shipping company will ship directly to the final destination and if they'll pick it up at your current location. Often shipping rates that are quoted by internet or phone only include the port to port shipping and not the pick-up and delivery. It's important to know if door to door service is offered because your shipment could end up sitting on a loading dock or in a clearing house if you don't make the proper arrangements.

Taxes and entry requirements are issues that an experienced international shipping company can help you with. Always hire a company that has experience shipping to the destination country that you are going to. Each country has its own rules for imports and knowing what they are ahead of time will save you countless headaches when your shipment arrives in port. Customs officials tend to operate faster and more efficiently when they are dealing with an shipping company that they are already familiar with.

If you are an international shipping dummy or even if you already have experience shipping overseas it's a good idea to hire a professional who knows what they are doing. This is the best advice that we can possibly give you. Don't try to do it yourself.
About the Author
Nir Dotan is a writer and promoter of
International Shipping services, and
Omega Shipping Local as well as International Moving.
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