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Overseas Shipping Companies with uShip

International shipping is growing rapidly due to the web connecting buyers and sellers from across the globe. Moving your goods, products, or freight overseas can be a lot more complicated than generic domestic shipping. Whether you are new to the international shipping arena or an experienced business looking to expand, uShip can connect you with the best international shipping transporter that best suits your needs. We’ll help you get overseas shipping rates from reliable transporters, and help you figure out how to ship internationally. Should you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to let us know, and we’ll help you get back on the road to your international delivery.

uShip’s marketplace is the best place to find your international transport company at the best shipping rate. Create your listing describing your needs for your shipment. Transporters who specialize in overseas shipping will send you rates for your review. You can talk to them and look at their carrier profile to make sure you’re going with the best. Then sit back and get ready for your overseas delivery.

How to Ship Your Goods Internationally

Get your international shipping delivered in just three easy steps!

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

Overseas shipping requires a lot of planning. Foreign countries have many different rules, regulations and policies concerning the international transportation of goods and products. It's important that you research and discuss the appropriate policies of your destination country with your international transport company to avoid any complications. Think about your date and location needs for pickup and delivery and be prepared with the dimensions and weight of your shipment. You’ll want to include as much detail as possible about your shipment, so the transporters know how to best meet your needs.

Two international delivery men unloading a sofa
International shipping barge loading

2 | Choose the Best International Shipping Company

After your shipment listing is complete, transporters who specialize in international shipments will send you shipping rates for your review. They’ll be competing for your business, so you know you’re getting the best international transport rates. As the quotes come in, talk to the transporters. Ask them questions about their experience with international shipments and transporting items like yours. Boat, truck and plane are just a few of several options available for your international transport needs. Each option has its own complex regulations and logistics, so it's important to seek out a reputable international transport and shipping company that can make the process as painless and smooth as possible.

Every transporter on uShip has their own carrier profile as well. Make sure you check out their transportation history, safety records, and customer rated feedback. See how many international shipments they have completed through uShip, and the experience their customers had with them. Review their cargo insurance coverage and their licensing to make sure they can meet your needs. If needed, you can purchase additional cargo insurance through uShip. By talking with the transporter and reviewing their profile, you can rest assured you’re choosing the best international shipping company.

3 | International Shipping & Delivery

Once you have chosen your service provider, contact them with any questions, concerns, or additional information you may have about your shipment. It's important to have a discussion with the international transporter of your choice on the different ways that they can keep you informed as to the status of your shipment. The best international shipping company for your business should have the information you need. Whether that's simple communication, or the use of a GPS or tracking system, inquire as to how you can be best informed. Give your shipper any third-party contact information that may help the shipment run smoothly. If you run into any issues communicating with your international shipping company, let us know. We are here to help before, during, and after your international delivery.

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Preparing for International Shipments

Being as accurate as possible when preparing international items for shipment is key. To keep preparation simple and easy, have the below information on hand.

  • Volume and weight of goods
  • Labels for every box being shipped
  • A detailed description of the goods
  • The value of goods
  • Accurate contact information
  • An inventory list of the items
  • Customs documents attaches to packages
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Prohibited International Items

The following are items known to be prohibited for overseas shipping. However, dependent on the destination country, there may be additional items not allowed. It is important to make sure the goods that are being sent will be accepted at their destination.

  • Gasoline
  • Dry Ice
  • Aerosols
  • Lithium batteries
  • Ammunition
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Air Bags
  • Nail Polish
  • Poison
  • Explosives
  • Medicine
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Marijuana
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Perfumes containing alcohol

Documents Needed for Overseas Shipping

The documents needed for an international shipment will depend on the country the goods will be delivered to and the specific product that is being shipped. Below is an inclusive but not an exhaustive list of documents that could be needed.

  • Proforma Invoice
  • >Shipper’s Letter of Instruction
  • >Commercial Invoice
  • >Bank Draft
  • >Packing List
  • >Certificates of Origin
  • >Dangerous Goods Forms
  • >Bills of Lading (inland, ocean, and air waybill)

How Much Does International Shipping Cost?

The cost of shipping international depends on a lot of variables. The weight and dimensions of the shipment, the distance of transport, any customs involved, and your timeframe needs are just a few of those variables. For a better idea of what your international shipment may cost, visit our cost to ship pages. There, you'll find thousands of shipments completed through the uShip marketplace and get a better idea of how we work.

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