[Infographic] Global Opportunities For Online Retailers

2015 was a landmark year for digital, and mobile dominated throughout, aided by affordable handsets, easier data connections as well as further reach.  Mobile retail has inevitably increased, and order value has grown faster than on any other device. Mobile will continue to dominate in 2016 as people are spending an increasing amount of time on […]

International Carrier Shipping Options

You’re already aware that shipping isn’t one-size-fits-all … but did you know that applies to your international carrier as well as packaging?  Carrier offerings — from pricing to supplies to transit time — vary widely, but the good news is there’s almost certainly an option for every international shipment you send. It’s possible you can […]

“Return to Sender?” What You Need to Know About International Returns

You want your customers to love what you sell. But what happens if your product is damaged during shipping or the buyer has second thoughts on the purchase and wants to make a return – and that buyer happens to be in a different country? Processing international returns can be time-consuming and costly, so it’s […]

Packing Tips for International Shipments

When shipping internationally, your packages require a little more care than if they were being shipped domestically, within the U.S. Remember, your package will be handled not only by your U.S. carrier, but also by your host country’s carrier, and handling facilities that aren’t always as sophisticated or regulated as they are here in the […]

Shipping Internationally: Understanding Prohibited and Restricted Items

Packing up that antique camera to send to a Chinese customer, or a lovely vintage lace pillowcase to Australia? Not so fast! Did you know these and many other seemingly innocuous (and not so innocuous) items are prohibited from being imported into many countries? If not, now’s the time to learn about how to find […]

Dealing With Fraud On International Sales

Credit-card sales are fast and easy, and usually they’re secure. But what happens when they’re not? Despite safeguards and increasing consumer awareness, acts of fraud do occur – and they occur on a more frequent basis with international sales since the red flags are a little harder to spot. Scammers are out there and, simply […]

How To Accept International Payments For Your Online Store

Making the decision to sell internationally can be a thrill – but for first-timers, figuring out how to process international payments can be daunting, to say the least. The good news is that there are lots of options for e-commerce sellers, and many tools are available to make global sales easier for both international buyers […]

Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Codes for International Shipping

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) is a numeric language used by close to 200 countries to report goods to customs and other government agencies. Here’s a quick look at how Harmonized Codes help you categorize your products and avoid potential pitfalls with customs and other government agencies. Who Establishes Harmonized Codes? Created […]

Understanding International Shipping Costs

International sales can offer a huge revenue increase for your business! But because shipping costs vary so greatly depending on your product, its destination and your choice of carrier, it’s more important than ever to know your shipping options and how they can potentially affect your bottom line. Here are some points to ponder. International […]

Understanding International Insurance

Why should you purchase international package insurance as an online seller? Is it even available for the country your shipping to? Is it worth it? What – and who – is really being protected?  What are the options, and when does insurance make the most sense? Here’s what you need to know, and how to […]