April 7, 2020
International Shipping Options for eCommerce Sales

International Shipping Options for eCommerce Sales

[ Music ]>>Once you start making
online sales to customers in foreign countries,
the next step is to physically deliver
your products to them, which can be more
challenging than shipping within the U.S. You’ll
find there are three main options available. The first option is to
arrange shipping yourself by selecting a carrier. Widely-used carriers used for
e-commerce include FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service. Along with selecting a suitable
carrier, you should be sure to include basic
shipping information on your checkout page, such
as what carrier you are using and when the customer or
business can expect their order. Option two is to pay a third
party to handle shipping. Most large e-commerce
marketplaces offer some shipping and fulfillment services, such
as having you ship the order to a logistics hub in the U.S., where onward shipping
is arranged. Others may allow you to
warehouse your inventory at one of their fulfillment
centers near major international markets. The third option is to use a
professional freight forwarder who can make all shipping
arrangements for you, including document processing. Remember that shipping rates
and other costs, like duties and taxes, should be
listed on your website or e-commerce marketplace
storefront. Much more information
about shipping options for your international
e-commerce sales is available from the e-commerce experts at
the U.S. Commercial Service. Visit them at the eCommerce
Export Resource Center at export.gov/ecommerce. Brought to you by the
U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International
Trade Administration.

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