International Shipping Tips

harbor cranesShipping internationally can definitely be more difficult than shipping domestically, however it is not something you should be afraid of. With the right shipping company that has experience in international or cross-border shipping and these tips, you will be fully equipped to begin shipping your freight internationally.

Before shipping internationally, you should ask yourself two important questions. The answer to these questions will provide you will all the necessary information in order to ship your freight accurately and without delays.

The first question you should ask yourself is “Where do I want to ship my freight?” This will help to determine the proper documents needed along with any duties or taxes that may be applicable. Be aware – international shipping generally requires a lot more documentation than domestic shipping.

Documentation should include:

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Expert Declaration Form and
  • Free-Trade Agreement Form (depending on your destination)

The next question you should be asking yourself is “What do I want to ship?” The contents of your shipment can be very important, especially in certain areas of the world. Different countries have different service restrictions of which they will not allow specific products or a certain number of the same product. In order to avoid having your shipment delayed, be aware of the service restrictions for your destination and provide a clear description of the contents of your shipment.

A clear description should include:

  • What it is
  • How many there are
  • What it is made out of and
  • The intended use

By asking yourself these two simple questions, you should be able to uncover all the necessary information to properly ship your freight internationally.

If you would like more information about how to ship internationally or are looking for a reliable and experienced shipping company, contact Moto Transportation for a free, no obligation freight quote. 1.888.400.1681