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International shipping requires more attention to detail than domestic shipping, but your package will arrive safely if you follow some basic precautions.

There are several things to consider when shipping a package internationally. The goal is to have the package arrive intact, on time, and with all of the items included. Here are some tips for successful international shipping.

Some countries have laws regarding what may and may not be imported into their country. In most countries, all packages must go through international customs. Packing illegal items in your box will definitely delay the receipt of your package and could render the entire package undeliverable. At that point, it may or may not then be shipped back to you. Some of the forbidden items may surprise you, so be sure to check before attempting to ship anything overseas!

Packages being shipped overseas may go through rough handling at some points during their journey, so it is very important to pack your items well. Use plenty of filler material in between the items in your package, use a sturdy box, and use packing tape liberally. Write the shipping address and return address clearly on the package and include a card inside the box with both addresses as well (just in case the outside packaging becomes damaged or wet). Pack heavier items towards the bottom of the box. If you are including fragile items, then consider wrapping the box in packing material and putting it into an outer box to prevent breakage.

Measure the height, width, length, and weight of the box once the package is ready to ship. Call for price quotes if you have not already decided which shipping company to use. In some cases, it might be more economical to package your items in two lighter boxes and other times it will be less expensive to send one large box instead of two smaller ones. If your price quotes seem high, then you may want to reconsider your packing strategy and try again.

You will need to fill out a customs form for packages leaving the United States. Be completely honest on the form, and double check that everything you are sending is allowed to enter the receiving country. Depending on the shipping company you are using, you may have the option to add insurance to the package if it exceeds a certain value amount. Remember to find out how long the shipping is expected to take; in some parts of the world it may be several weeks or even months before your package will arrive if it is not sent by airmail.

Lastly, let your recipient know when he or she should expect the package. Keep your shipping label with any applicable tracking numbers in case the parcel does not arrive on time.

International shipping takes longer and requires more attention to detail than domestic shipping, but it should be a stress-free procedure for you as well as for your recipient. As long as you follow all of the rules and laws set forth by the shipping company and the receiving country, your items should arrive in good condition and in a timely manner.

Article By Bubba

Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on Google+.

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