6. Hazardous or goods on the no fly list
Do the products that you are sending comply with the carriers policies? Hazardous goods may need to packaged differently or carry additional paperwork with it. Other goods may be difficult to ship because of what they are, or because of the country they are trying to be sent to. Contact you InXpress Consultant for specific hazardous goods classifications.
7. Best carrier to use
InXpress will help choose the best possible carrier to suit your goods and the destination. Locally you know your carriers and they value your customers as much as you do, but what happens with your goods once they leave the country? Who delivers them the “last mile” to your customer? The way the carriers deliver does have an impact or your customers experience when they are doing business with you.
Don’t be caught out by certain surcharges that carriers charge, such as out of area surcharge. Check with your InXpress Consultant to see what additional surcharges can be expected, particularly if you are charging this shipment to your customer, you don’t want to be losing money by quoting the wrong price.
9. Exchange Rates
When shipping internationally, make sure you consider varying exchange rates and bank transfer times. That will make sure you’re not left out of pocket waiting for your customers to pay, particularly if they are paying on receipt of goods.
10. Protect yourself
In all cases with business, you protect yourself and minimise your risk. This is the same with international shipping, particularly with imports. Be wary who you share your account number with, and who can ship on your account, as you are ultimately liable for all shipments on your account number.