When it comes to international shipping, consumers and businesses must be aware of the cost; furthermore they need to have the how-to knowledge to deal with international export requirements.
Shipping is easy, doing it right can be a challenge; when it comes to international shipping, you can leave it to the professionals to do for a multihead weigher fee or do it yourself and take all the risk.
First you need to know that equation behind shipping cost calculation:
The equation depends on three factors: Zone, weigh and dimensions. This is usually called Dimm weight where if you ship a feather of 1 oz in large box, you will pay for equivalent 10+ pounds of weight.
You are paying for space in aircraft! So always keep this in mind when packaging. Also be aware that depending on destinations, some countries may refuse the contents, so always check with carriers. Example, Muslim countries prohibit shipment of anything offensive to religion, so sending a Penthouse Magazine to Kuwait will be confiscated.
Here are few tips on packaging:
- Choose the Right Box
Use a box that is strong enough to protect the contents and large enough to leave space for adequate cushioning. You can also buy various sizes of boxes, as well as padded mailers, mailing tubes, and other packing materials at the store. If you choose a previously-used box, make sure you remove or cross out any old shipping labels, and make sure the box is in good shape, with no weak spots or cracks. Old or new, make sure the box is made of heavy, corrugated cardboard. Thinner boxes, such as most shoe boxes or gift boxes are not strong enough for shipping.
- Protect and Pack
Don’t skimp on cushioning material. You can use shredded or crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap, or Styrofoam(TM) peanuts, or even plain air-popped popcorn. Pack items tightly to avoid shifting, and make sure the cushioning material covers all sides of the object.
If you’re shipping several items together, wrap each one separately and provide enough cushioning to prevent movement.
Fragile items need extra protection:
For extra identification, place a return address label inside the package. After packing, gently shake the box. If nothing moves, it’s ready to be sealed.
- Seal Carefully
A strong seal is essential, so always use tape that is designed for shipping, such as pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced Kraft paper tape, or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape. These items can be purchased at the store. We recommend you do not use wrapping paper, string, masking tape, or cellophane tape.