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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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Shipwire Gives Mom-and-Pops the Fulfillment Services of Big Retailers

Xconomy, February 25, 2013

Shipwire CEO Damon Schechter started his company with a simple goal: “To help small businesses take on the efficiencies that big businesses have.”

He cofounded the Palo Alto-based order fulfillment services operation with chief technology officer Evan Robinson at the end of 2006, but to get there, he had to wait until the timing was right.

Schechter had been in the tech and shipping world since the 90s, but took a break after the dotcom crash of the early 2000s to write a book on logistics. An interview with Costco’s head of logistic helped him figure out what he should do next: Find a way to give smaller companies the same logistical efficiencies.

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