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International Package Shipping

Welcome to our International Package Shipping page.

By clicking the get a free quote image to the right you will successfully be able to Compare Rates from Package Shipping Companies after filling out the easy form.

Using our International Package Shipping Quotes by Air and Sea, you will get the Costs and Prices for Package Shipping and Delivery from The United States of America to all International Sea and Air Ports in the World .          

Below are International Package Shipping tips..
We hope they also aid you in your International Package Shipping!

The most important part of shipping internationally is the paperwork.
1. Find out if your shipment is a document or a commodity.
This is not as obvious as you may think at first glance.
Mexico has 9 classifications for documents and Brazil has over 25 (including CDs, Photographs, Diskettes, Microfilm, Microfiche, Sepia portraits).
Once you know if your shipment is a document or commodity you begin to assemble the necessary paperwork.
2. If your shipment is a commodity check to see if there are any prohibitions or restrictions associated with your commodity.
2a. First find out if there are any prohibited or restricted commodities.
2b. Then find out what are the commodity specific stipulations.
2c. Then look to see if there are any special clearance requirements for your commodity.
This step will help you determine if your commodity can enter the country (2a), your commodity requires a special transportation method or paperwork (2b), your commodity requires import licenses or special declarations on the invoice (2c).
3. Find out the harmonized tariff code for commodity.
4. Find out if your destination country considers your shipment commercial or personal.
5. Find out what are the invoice requirements.
6. Find out if it is necessary to fill out a shipper's export declaration (otherwise skip to step 10).
7. Sign up for an account to fill out shipper's export declaration electronically.
8. Take Tutorial on using AESDIRECT software interface. We have tips on taking the Shipper's Export Declaration Tutorial.
9. Fill out a shipper's export declaration using the harmonized tariff code previously obtained.
10. Prepare package according to country specific size and weight limitations. Make sure that package
contents are consistent with prepared paperwork.
11. Prepare a packing list.
12. Assemble all paperwork:
- Commercial or Proforma Invoice
- Packing List
- Certificate of Origin (if needed)
- Shipper's Export Declaration (if needed)
- Export Permits (if needed)
13. Find out from your previous research of you have a choice between air shipment or freight. Some commodities need to be sent by freight (i.e. perfume).
14. Choose a carrier.
15. Prepare an Airway bill for air shipments or a Bill of Lading for freight.
16. Indicate to carrier when preparing airway bill or bill of lading whether duties and taxes will be paid by the shipper or the consignee (shipment recipient).
Note: This is the most common cause of customs delay of international shipments by inexperienced shippers.
17. Have carrier pick up package with paperwork.
18. Track package and wait to hear from your consignee of its arrival.

Packing - General Tips

International Package ShippingWe realize that you and your family are shipping household goods, personal effects and perhaps your family automobile, family heirlooms, and prized possessions. Whether this is your first time moving or you are an old pro you will benefit greatly from the advice and tips in our website. We can offer you a number of packing solutions for your international move. Why not consider letting us handle your packing needs so you can concentrate on other details? Our shipping consultants provide each of our customers with a free consultation to arrive at the most cost effective and safest solutions for shipping the household goods and personal effects.

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Packing Solutions

  • Packing cases manufactured from plywood with timber frame construction, neoprene gaskets and captive screws for security. Shock resistance and insulation are provided by expanded polyester urethane, closed cell (Ethafoam) or cross lined (Plastazote) polyethylene foams where appropriate.
  • Corrugated Boxes custom designed for the item to be shipped, constructed of 350 lb. text, double-wall corrugated, secured with staples (not tape) to ensure carton integrity. The boxes are lined with 1" polystyrene board. Each piece is shrink wrapped to protect it from dirt and moisture. Additional packing and shock absorbing materials are used based upon the nature of the piece.
  • Picture Crates are built with 3/4" plywood frames and 3/8" plywood sides. The crate is lined with 1" polystyrene board. Stretched canvases and gold leaf frames are covered with pH neutral glassine paper. Multiple pieces are separated by full size corrugated cardboard. Artwork with glass is wrapped with 2 layers of bubble wrap. This crate can be built to hold a number of pieces and offers excellent protection for shipping.
  • Medium Wood Crates have a 3/8" plywood base framed with 2 x 4s and skids for easy handling. The sides are 3/8" plywood externally framed on all sides with 1 x 4 lumber. Internal packing is engineered using various materials and techniques based upon the nature of the item. This crate is ideal for very large art shipments (10-20 paintings) and sculptures.
  • Heavy Wood Crates. Our heavy wood crates are made with 3/4" plywood base framed with 2 x 6s, with skids for forklift handling. The sides are externally framed with 2 x 4s. This crate is very rugged and durable, suitable for large sculptures and other pieces weighing more than 300 pounds. Items in the crate are blocked and/or braed, held in place with fill or packed tightly to prevent movement.

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Points to remember

International Package Shipping
  1. Movers may give binding estimates.
  2. Non-binding estimates may not be accurate; actual charges may often exceed the estimate.
  3. Specify pickup and delivery dates in the order for service.
  4. The Bill of Lading is your contract with the mover... READ IT CAREFULLY... If you have any questions ask your mover.
  5. Be sure that you understand the extent of your mover's liability for loss and damage.
  6. You have the right to be present each time your shipment is weighed.
  7. You may request a reweigh of your shipment.
  8. If you have moved on a non-binding estimate, you should have enough cash or a certified check to pay the estimated cost of your move plus 10 percent more at time of delivery.
  9. Unresolved claims for loss or damage may be submitted to arbitration; ask your mover for details.


International Package Shipping