All About International Shipping
Do you remember the times when we had to wait for weeks to have our letter delivered to the other side of the world? Yes, there were people waiting for weeks to connect with their loved ones!
Now, connecting with someone abroad has never been easier. Not only can we get in touch online immediately, but also we can easily send packages wherever we want. Because of the tremendous development of e-commerce, many small businesses need international transportation. At PackageHopper, we want to offer you the best shipping experience. ‘How?’ you may ask. In this article, we will analyze the main stages you should know before your first shipment.
There are many players involved in international transportation. Companies like UPS, FedEx, and USPS offer great shipping service globally. But if you’re interested in growing your business, you need a reliable partner. Powered by MyUS, PackageHopper gives customers convenient and affordable access to international shipping from the USA to anywhere in the world.
How Much is International Shipping?
There are many players involved in international transportation. Companies like UPS, FedEx, DHL, and USPS offer great shipping service globally. But if you’re interested in growing your business, you need a reliable partner.
Powered by MyUS, PackageHopper gives customers easy, convenient and affordable access to international shipping from the USA to anywhere in the world. Thanks to our TruePrice™ upfront pricing system, you will get rates based on weight only*! There are no surprises with TruePrice since what you see is exactly what you get.*While 99% of shipments are calculated by weight only, TruePrice excludes oversized shipments with linear dimensions (length + width + height) greater than 80 inches (203cm).
Let’s look at a few examples to compare:
Example 1: If you want to send a box of books weighing 17lbs to Germany, on PackageHopper you get these rates:
- FedEx Economy 2-5 Business Days | $52.23
- FedEx Priority 1-3 Business Days | $56.48
The shipping rate that our competitor, Parcel Monkey, offers will be $73.88. Whereas at Parcel2Go you will have to pay $170.23 for the same package!
Example 2: You need to ship a set of 4 pillows (2lbs) to Mexico. You get these rates:
- UPS Expedited 2-5 Business Days | $20.93
- UPS Worldwide Saver 1-3 Business Days | $21.43
Parcel Monkey offers $77.88 for the same soft pillows, whereas Parcel2Go calculates $71.82.
How Long is International Shipping?
As you can see from the examples above, we have four shipment options: FedEx Economy and Priority and UPS Expedited and Worldwide Saver. Once you select the destination country, you can choose which option works for you best. If you want your package delivered in 1-3 business days, select FedEx Priority or UPS Worldwide Saver. Otherwise, you can choose FedEx Economy or UPS Expedited for a more affordable price and delivery in 2-5 business days.
What Are The Cheapest Ways to Ship A Package Internationally?
We pride ourselves on getting you excellent shipping rates—some might say the best. With a quick calculation you can get an estimate of your rates in one click.
Hint: FedEx offers cheaper rates for some countries, while UPS does the same for others. It’s always good to check carefully before you select your option. Select your destination country, type in the weight of your package and get the best rates.
DDU vs. DDP What Do They Mean?
DDU and DDP are important words in international trade. Here’s a quick look at their definitions:
DDU or Delivery Duty Unpaid means customs will notify the receiver once their shipment arrives and they will require the receiver to pay any costs before customs will release the shipment and send it to them.
DDP or Delivery Duty Paid means that the sender pays for the duties. In many eCommerce transactions, the seller includes these fees at checkout and collects payment for DDP directly from the customer.
PackageHopper shipping rates do not include duties and taxes, and we deliver our shipments as duty unpaid (DDU).
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