How to Get Started Shipping Internationally
Posted by Doug Sherman (Import), Last modified by Doug Sherman on 16 Nov 12 01:40 PM
Shipping internationally requires some additional work as compared to shipping domestically but is not all that difficult and typically worth the effort.
The major difference when shipping internationally is the need to deal with customs documentation, taxes and tariffs, and prohibitions/restrictions of items.
Taxes and Tariffs
Our prices do not include taxes and tariffs. Any fees, duties, taxes, or tariffs assessed by the governments of international purchasers are the responsibility of the purchaser. Customers outside of the United States may be required to pay these fees to the courier, as applicable, upon delivery. Since there are hundreds of countries and variable rate schedules, we are unable to provide customers with costs. The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce has a website that provide Tariff and Tax Information, that can help you in determining your costs.
Various countries have prohibitions and restrictions that may prevent us from being able to ship to your country. It is recommended that you verify that the merchandise that you are ordering can be shipped you your country. The United States Postal Office maintains a list of Restrictions by Country that you can reference.
It is a violation of international trade laws for a merchant to mark a purchased item as a gift in order to avoid taxes, fees, or tariffs therefore we will NOT accommodate such requests. Nor can we send an invoice showing a purchase price less than the actual order amount.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
Below is a list of resources that may help you in getting started.