How to Prepare Your Items for International Shipping

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Shipping goods internationally can be a complex process, and it's important to prepare your items properly to ensure they arrive at their destination safely and efficiently.

Here are ISS Shipping’s top tips to help you get your items ready for international shipping.

Choose the Right Packaging

The first step in preparing your items for international shipping is to choose the right packaging. Your items should be well-protected and secure, with enough cushioning to withstand the rigours of international shipping. You should also consider the size and weight of your items, as well as any special handling requirements.

For more information on packaging your goods, read our 6 Packaging Tips to Minimise Damage During Transit blog.

Properly Label and Document Your Items

Proper labelling and documentation is crucial for international shipping. You should include a clear and accurate description of the contents on the outside of the package, as well as a detailed packing list on the inside. You should also include any required documents, such as customs forms, invoices, and certificates of origin.

Follow Customs Regulations

Each country has its own customs regulations, and it's important to follow these rules to avoid delays or issues with your shipment. This includes things like declaring the value of your items, obtaining the necessary permits and licences, and paying any required duties and taxes. You should also be aware of any restrictions or prohibitions on certain items, such as hazardous materials or restricted goods.

Insure Your Items

International shipping can be unpredictable, and it's always a good idea to insure your items to protect against loss or damage. Talk to your shipping provider about insurance options, and be sure to read the fine print to understand what's covered and what's not.

Track Your Shipments

Finally, it's a good idea to track your shipments to stay up-to-date on their progress and location. Many shipping providers offer tracking services, so you can see where your items are and when they're expected to arrive.

ISS Shipping has many years of experience helping shippers prepare their cargo for international shipping. To find out how we can help you, get in contact with the ISS Shipping team today!