The world of ecommerce opens up small businesses to the opportunity of conducting a successful international business. When you put your business online, a significant portion of your customers could be from overseas, which can really help a business take off. But for many online retailers, all the rules and regulations of shipping internationally can be quite daunting. Luckily, our partners at Bongo International have answered some of your questions in our recent webinar.
What are international shoppers buying? What Markets are growing? Is International Expansion the right choice for my Business? How does a 3rd party Global Logistics Provider operate anyway? Bongo International answers these questions and more in this webinar:
Choose Your Products Wisely
Certain products are more flexible to be shipped overseas than others. Some can even cost more to ship than they are worth. Start with relatively small, light, and easy items to get a good handle on the international shipping process.
Research Country-Specific Regulations and Requirements
Before you start selling to other countries, it is important to research the regulations and requirements of each specific country. For example, it is illegal to import foreign calendars into Vietnam for commercial purposes, according to UPS. Online retailers shipping calendars in quantities over 100 to customers in Vietnam should be aware of this, as it is actually considered a crime.
UPS has a great tool to help with researching regulations in foreign countries. Simply select the “Ship To Country” and “Ship From Country” to ensure that your shipment is in compliance with country-specific regulations, procedures, tariffs and laws.
Know What the Shipping Costs Before You Sell
The international shipping costs are referred to as the “landed cost” and it includes a lot more than just a single cost for domestic shipping. When you ship internationally, you run into tariffs, duties and taxes. Carriers like UPS, USPS, FedEx offer integrated tools to help you quickly calculate shipping.