Alright, I’ll be frank with you from the start. Shipping can be a real pain in the butt! That’s if you don’t know what you’re doing. The trick of getting your products to your customers is a not so easy process; bad things can happen if you’re not careful. Knowledge is the key here, without this know-how, you will be going in blind, and you’re bound to get lost in one of the pitfalls in the area of shipping.
If you’re doing business with Amazon or under the FBA program, chances are, you will be getting clients from all over the world and as a consequence, you will be involved in international shipping. At your first trial, this may look like a handful, but as I mentioned earlier on, if you know what you’re doing the process can be relatively easy. Firstly, international shipping rates are reliant on a couple of things such as packaging size, package weight, insurance etc. To reduce the headache of their clients, most couriers help out by offering online shipping calculators which you can use to get a rough estimate of your shipping costs. These tools are important, ensure you use them.
Also, you must make sure you have the right shipping documents and that they are properly filled so as to avoid pointless delays and problems with the international customs. Don’t create unnecessary problems for your customers. Another thing to take note of is your packaging; you should ensure that your products containers are durable and able to handle the full weight of being stacked on each other. Also, make sure you utilize well-sealed cartons with package waste materials (like packaging peanuts) to prevent collapse and fill up any empty space.
Lastly, ensure your shipping pallet is strong and can tolerate the stress of being towed and lifted. Never exceed the weight restrictions of the pallet. DON’T be greedy!
Sometimes, your products may be too large or may even exceed the weight restrictions. In this case, it is best to consider freight shipping. With freight shipping, you are mandated to adhere to specific guidelines to ensure your products arrive safely in good condition.
In our course on shipping, we go into full details. We offer a complete step-by-step guide for everything you need to know about shipping; how to create labels and handle printing, why you need a sourcing agent and so much more!
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