Things To Keep In Mind When Sending A Package Abroad

Posted by Kevin

Here at First Light Couriers, we offer international shipping, making your life far easier when it comes to sending goods across the ocean or abroad. Our experienced team has plenty of experience dealing with international shipping requirements that will ensure your goods arrive as planned.

If you want to send your items abroad through us, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind so that it all goes smoothly.

Package Your Goods Properly

One of the most important things to ensure before you send your parcels abroad is that they are properly packaged and secured so as to withstand international shipping and the amount of handling that they will have to endure along the way.

Sturdy boxes, including impact-resistant packaging materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, polystyrene, or other kinds of braces, should be employed. A healthy amount of packing tape should also be used to ensure that the item cannot be easily undone before it reaches its destination.

Anything that is fragile should be carefully and individually packaged and then labelled clearly to ensure it is handled with greater care.

Know the Restrictions

There are various prohibited and restricted items in various destination countries. Depending on where you’re shipping to, certain items might not be allowed to pass through the border. While different countries might have different restrictions, the general rule of thumb is that things such as drugs or pharmaceuticals, weapons, perishable goods such as food, and certain types of electronic items are heavily controlled.

Before you ship certain items, including items such as aerosol cans or flammable goods, for example, check with your courier service company.

Know the Applicable Customs and Taxes

When shipping goods overseas, you will need to fill out customs declaration forms, which need to be done carefully and accurately. This will require detailed information about the contents being shipped, which could include information like quantities, value, descriptions, serial numbers, and more. This is necessary to help customs officials in other countries determine what kinds of taxes, duties, or restrictions might be applicable.

Here at First Light Couriers, we are experienced with this process and can assist you to make sure that it is all done correctly so that the parcels can be sent and received without any hiccups. 

For more information on how to safely and reliably ship your goods overseas, contact us today and speak to one of our consultants to find out what is needed to ensure that your parcels arrive in one piece.