Complete Guide To USPS International Shipping

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Complete Guide to USPS InternationalShippingYour step-by-step guide on how to shippackages across the world using the USPS.

Why sellinternationally?E-commerce sales worldwide areexpected to reach 1.7 trillion in 2015.Of the 1.22 billion digital buyers acrossthe world, the U.S. will only accountfor 168.7 million buyers or 14% ofthe market in 2015. With the demandfor American-made products higherthan ever, e-commerce sellers cannotafford to ignore the growing segmentof international customers that makesup 86% of the global market.Online BuyersWorldwide in 201514%168.7 millionU.S. buyers in 201586%1.06 billioninternationalbuyers in 201531%: China24%: Europe12%: Latin America,the Middle Eastand AfricaSource: eMarketerComplete Guide to USPS International Shipping 2

Comparing carrierpackage deliveryPrivate carriers like FedEx and UPS handle package delivery from thesender in the U.S. all the way to therecipient in the destination country.The U.S. Postal Service (USPS)handles package delivery up tocustoms at the destination country, atwhich point, the host postal serviceof the destination country handlespackage delivery to the recipient.How InternationalShipping WorksHow carriers deliver packages to international addresses:Example: 2 lb. package from Los Angeles to ustomsComplete Guide to USPS International Shipping 3

Surcharges add to thetotal shipping costsOn top of the shipping rates, FedExand UPS charge additional fees likefuel surcharges to deliver packagesinternationally. The USPS is the onlycarrier that does not include anysurcharges in its shipping costs,making it the lowest cost option toship packages internationally.How InternationalShipping WorksComparing carrier costsSavings Example: 2 lb. package from Los Angeles to London2 to 5 Business Days DeliveryFedEx International Priority 79.19 2.77 fuel surcharge 81.96UPS Worldwide Saver 78.40 3.72 Fuel Surcharge 82.12USPS Priority MailExpress International 56.81 0.00 Fuel Surcharge 56.81LOWEST COST6 to 10 Business Days DeliveryFedEx International Economy 76.55 2.68 fuel surcharge 79.23UPS Worldwide Expedited 75.80 3.60 Fuel Surcharge 79.40USPS Priority Mail International 44.50 0.00 Fuel Surcharge 44.50LOWEST COST11 to 20 Business Days DeliveryFedExNot AvailableUPSNot AvailableUSPS First-Class PackageInternational Service 21.63LOWEST COSTFedEx and UPS Rates include 20% volume discount off Standard List Rates.FedEx Rates include 3.50% Fuel Surcharge (as of April 2015).UPS Rates include 4.75% Fuel Surcharge (as of April 2015).Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping 4

USPS International Mail ClassesThe USPS offers several international service options to deliver mail and packages to over 180 countries.Mail ClassDelivery TimeIdeal ForShipment ValueTracking CapabilitiesGlobal Express Guaranteed 1 to 3 business daysMail and packagesweighing up to 70 lbs.UnlimitedDate specific delivery(managed by FedEx Express)Priority Mail ExpressInternational3 to 5 business daysMail and packagesweighing up to 70 lbs.UnlimitedTracking informationavailable with USPSTrack & Confirm ToolPriority Mail ExpressInternational Flat Rate3 to 5 business daysMail weighing up to 4 lbs.and packages weighingup to 20 lbs.UnlimitedTracking informationavailable with USPSTrack & Confirm ToolPriority Mail International6 to 10 business daysMail and packagesweighing up to 70 lbs.UnlimitedTracking informationavailable with USPSTrack & Confirm ToolPriority MailInternational Flat Rate6 to 10 business daysMail weighing up to 4 lbs.and packages weighingup to 20 lbs.Up to 400*Tracking informationavailable with USPSTrack & Confirm ToolFirst-Class PackageInternational Service11 to 20 business daysSmall packagesweighing up to 4 lbs.Up to 400Free USPS Trackinginformation forselect destinationsFirst-ClassMail InternationalVaries by destinationMail (postcards, lettersand large envelopes)weighing up to 4 lbs.Up to 400None*Shipment value is unlimited for Priority Mail International medium and large boxesComplete Guide to USPS International Shipping 5

An affordable mailclass for small itemsFirst-Class Package InternationalService is the lowest cost shippingoption among all carriers to over 180countries. The maximum allowablepackage weight is 4 lbs. Packagesare delivered between 11 and 20days, depending on the destination.This is a great option to use for smallshipments that aren’t time-sensitive.First-Class PackageInternational ServiceLowest cost option among allcarriers for packages weighingup to 4 lbs. Great for shipping low cost items. Avoid paying 50 for shipping on itemsthat cost 20. Delivery could take up to 21 days. Offers tracking to select destinations.Tip: Shipping small, inexpensive products overseas? Save money by using First-ClassPackage International Service to ship items like books, clothing, accessories, healthand beauty products. Just make sure your package weighs less than 4 lbs.Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping 6

Packaging for International DeliveryWhen shipping internationally with the USPS, your packages will be handled by the destination country’s carrier for finaldelivery. Since handling facilities in some destination countries may have different procedures, your shipments require alittle more care during packaging.STEP 1:STEP 2:Getting ready to shipPrepare and protectSTEP 3:Label your packageChoose the right box. Use a new, preferablyFiller up. Start with at least 5 centimeters ofAttach a customs form to your package. Forcorrugated box that is spacious enough tocushioning material (bubble wrap, packingmost mail classes, the customs form is your USPSaccommodate both your product and plenty ofpeanuts and/or foam pads) before you even putshipping label for an international package. PSpacking material on all sides.your product inside the box.Form 2976 (short form) can be attached directlyDon’t max out the weight limit of your box.Merchandise in multiples? Wrap and cushionInstead, use the number shown on the bottomeach item separately so they don’t bump eachflap. Keep in mind that every country has specificother in transit.weight limits for each mail the package. PS Form 2976-A (long form)must be inserted into the Customs DeclarationEnvelope (Form 2976-E), which then must beattached to the package on the address side.Insulate against the elements. Anticipatedamage caused by extreme temperatures andweather by wrapping and sealing your items.Tape. Seal all flaps and seams securely with widenylon-reinforced or pressure-sensitive plastictape. Heavier packages will require more tape andin multiple directions for additional durability.Label. Include a copy of the shipping label insidethe package before you seal it.Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping 7

Should I use customsforms?Unless you are shipping an envelopethat weighs less than 16 oz., you needto include a customs form with yourinternational shipment. Customsforms summarize the contents of thepackage and identify the value of theshipped items. These forms make itpossible for the destination countryto examine mail and allow its entrywithout having to open and inspecteach item one-by-one.USPS Customs FormsMail ClassCommercialInvoicePS Form 6182Short Form PSForm 2976CustomsDeclaration CN 22Long Form PSForm 2976ACustomsDeclaration &Dispatch Note CP 72under 400 in valueover 400 in valueunder 400 in valueover 400 in valueGlobal ExpressGuaranteedPriority Mail ExpressInternationalPriority Mail ExpressInternationalFlat RatePriority MailInternationalPriority MailInternational Flat RateEnvelopesup to 4 lbs.Small boxesup to 20 lbs.Medium andlarge boxesup to 70 lbs.First-Class PackageInternational ServiceFirst-ClassMail International16 oz. or moreunder 400 in valueAll other packagesNo customs forms are needed for envelopes that contain only documents and weigh less than 16 oz.Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping 8

How USPS InternationalTracking WorksThe USPS provides differentlevels of package tracking forinternational packages dependingon the mail class. For Global ExpressGuaranteed and Priority Mail ExpressInternational, you receive deliverystatus information using the Track& Confirm tool. For Priority MailInternational, you can get deliveryinformation for all packages with twoexceptions: Tracking information isonly provided optionally for selectdestinations when you use PriorityMail International Flat-Rate Envelopesor Small Flat-Rate Boxes.InternationalPackage TrackingUSPS International Mail ClassInternational Tracking CapabilitiesExample NumberGlobal Express Guaranteed Tracking to all destinations82 000 000 00Priority Mail Express International USPS Tracking for most destinationsEC 000 000 000 USUSPS Tracking for most destinations.CP 000 000 000 USFirst-Class PackageInternational ServiceUSPS Tracking for Select destinations*LZ 000 000 000 USFirst-Class International LettersNot availableNot availablePriority Mail International Not available for Flat Rate Envelopes or Flat Rate Small Boxes.*FCPIS tracking available only to: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta,Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland.Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping 9

Customs, Duties and TaxesWho pays for customs, duties and taxes for international shipments? Generally, the package recipient is responsiblefor paying any local fees to receive the package including customs, duties and taxes. These fees are important as they canimpact the total price a customer is willing to purchase a product. And if a package is denied at delivery, some carrierscould invoice you for the fees.Customs FeesDuties/TariffsTaxesCustoms Fees are costs that the host countrySimilar to Customs Fees, Duties/Tariffs are a typeTaxes are not charged by every country, and theycharges to manage the flow of goods in and outof tax placed on value of item, plus freight andcan vary based on the value of the product. This isof the country. All products go through Customsinsurance by country. Duties/Tariffs are designedan additional fee that a local government such asbefore going to the buyer, and there is a feeto protect local businesses and industries in thestate, province or city, charges for delivering theassociated to manage this country.package into their region.Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping 10

International Product RestrictionsMany countries prohibit or restrict the types of products that can be imported due to cultural reasons or to protect localindustry. Make sure you research each country’s prohibited items before you open your sales to that market. Here aresome seemingly innocuous items prohibited from being imported into some countries:Russia:Fishing :Mosquito nettingChina:CamerasThailand:Playing cardsKenya:Used cal greeting cardsAustralia:Toy gunsSouth Africa:HoneyTip: Know if your product is prohibited before you start selling to a country!Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping 11

International Shipping TipsCommunicate delays toBuy internationalUse Priority Mail International:Think twice before marking “gift”:international buyers:package insurance:All uninsured Priority MailDon’t risk prosecution as a favorMail disruptions may occur due toPackage Insurance protects theInternational packages (excludingto your buyer. Marking soldreasons out of your control such asseller in case your package is lostSmall Flat Rate boxes) automaticallymerchandise as a “gift” to avoidnatural disasters, weather, politicalor damaged. It’s easy to purchaseinclude indemnity coverage for lossadditional fees is against the lawor labor issues in your buyer’s homeand recommended to include whenor damage. Indemnity is the lesserif the item is truly not a gift fromcountry. Keep your internationalyour merchandise value is over 50.of the actual value of the contentsyou to the recipient. Make surebuyers happy by communicatingof the package or the maximumyou complete your customsany delays in a timely manner!indemnity based on package weightforms according to the productCheck daily service updatesand is paid to the package recipient.being Guide to USPS International Shipping 12

About Stamps.comWhether you ship one package a day or 10,000, fromyour garage or from a giant warehouse, Stamps.comhas the tools to make your USPS shipping processfaster, more efficient and more reliable than everbefore. Take a look at all that has to offer.E-commerce Integrations Retrieve order data directly from eBay , and more Shopping Cart Support including Magento and Bigcommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping Software including Kewill Flagshipand ShipWorksWarehouse Shipping Gain access to substantial USPS discounted rates Scalable with existing equipment – printers, scales andbarcode readers Multiple shipping stations or locations#1 USPS Postage API Rate, ship and track packages from within your software Platform Independent – build both advanced desktop andcloud-based solutions Build and test on a safe sandbox environment without costsDownload this PDF at 2015 Inc. All rights reserved.

the market in 2015. With the demand for American-made products higher than ever, e-commerce sellers cannot afford to ignore the growing segment of international customers that makes up 86% of the global market. Online Buyers Worldwide in 2015 86% 1.06 billion international buyers in 2015 14% 168.7 million U.S. buyers in 2015 Source: eMarketer .

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