At Crate Tech, we specialize in creating custom wooden shipping containers (crates) that are personally constructed to fit your specific item. Now, while we can build you all the crates you want, you won’t be able to do much with them if you don’t know a thing or two about shipping large items internationally. Aside from placing the product in the box and putting a proper label on it, shipping items internationally can be unchartered waters for someone who’s new to the process.
With that being said, we’ve compiled a list of some tips for you when you’re ready to ship that wooden crate internationally.
4 Tips for Shipping Wooden Crates Internationally
Choose your product wisely.
While the items don’t have to be small, you want to choose items that are relatively inexpensive and not too large in size. The difference between shipping throughout the U.S. and shipping internationally is pretty drastic. For reference, an item that’s sold in the U.S. for $140.00 could cost up to $1,500.00 to ship across borders.
Check country regulations and requirements.
There are some countries that have unique shipping laws such as Vietnam, where it’s illegal to import calendars (that’s right, we said calendars). Although this one may seem a bit outlandish, there are plenty more out there and every country has them. So wherever you’re shipping your crate, make sure you check that specific countries international shipping laws and regulations.
Know the shipping rates.
Before you send your item, you want to check with the countries shipping rate. When an item is shipped from Cleveland to Miami, there’s a flat rate shipping cost, but when that same item crosses another border, there a whole new set of rates applied that include a different tax amount. You want to give whoever you’re shipping the item to a “landed cost,” which is the calculated amount that includes the tax that may be applied. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that if the crate is delivered and there’s a $100 duty on it, they may refuse the delivery all together.
Utilize fulfillment services.
In a majority of cases, a retailer will pay a flat fee for each order shipped out. This flat fee includes labeling, packaging, and shipping. There are some sites that can help you manage these services such as Amazon and Shipwire, which you should utilize because they’ll help you monitor all the pesky costs.