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5 Quick Tips for Shipping Internationally

May 10, 2013

Cross-border online sales may account for a significant portion of total ecommerce orders in just the next few years, according to some reports. But for many small online retailers the task of actually shipping a package internationally and understanding all of the associated rules, regulations, and risks can be daunting.

Last year, Dynamic Business, an Australian publication, reported that international shipments might account for 20 percent of that nation’s total ecommerce purchases by 2017. Similarly, the Boston Consulting Group estimated the “Internet Economy” would almost double by 2016, as tens of millions of users begin shopping online from nations like China, Brazil, and Mexico and worldwide more than 3 billion people access the Internet.

Given these sorts of estimates, selling internationally represents a significant opportunity for online retailers. Setting aside international marketing, website localization, or even dealing with any number of currencies, the job of putting a product in a box, placing a proper label on that box, and having it sent out can be an unknown for a small business owner. What follows are five tips to help a small online retailer get started with international shipping.

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E-Commerce’s Fast Boat to China – and Beyond

E-Commerce Times, March 18, 2013

When Brooklyn-based PruneDanish.com sends shipments of its electronics, accessories, and home and garden products to customers overseas, it uses Swedish stamps. As odd as that might seem, it makes sense for the e-commerce company.

PruneDanish.com uses the services of Direct Link, a U.S. subsidiary of Sweden Post. By using Swedish stamps in its shipping, Direct Link is able to offer competitive rates and service to e-commerce companies that ship internationally.

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Top 5 Holiday Ecommerce & Shipping Tips and Tricks

SmallBizDaily, November 21, 2012

As the holidays are upon us, e-commerce focused SMBs are ramping up for an influx of selling, shipping, and returning on a global level. Here are some tips for small businesses to make the most of holiday sales from ecommerce shipping solution provider Shipwire Order Fulfillment.

Think globally – your customers are everywhere.

Don’t limit yourself to domestic sales if a good percentage of your customers are actually abroad. You can do this by opening your own warehouse in another country or working with an order fulfillment partner (such as Shipwire!) that already has locations in many international regions. Your partner would help you package, handle, and (inexpensively) ship your products to your customers wherever they may be. This way you don’t have to lease a warehouse, buy equipment, or hire personnel.

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