In an ever more interconnected world, many businesses are now looking to send their products abroad in order to widen their customer base and potentially grow on an international scale. Whilst this can be incredibly lucrative, it still necessitates a good amount of planning ahead, given that sending items overseas is usually trickier than sending them domestically. Here are some of the ways your business can avoid the potential pitfalls of shipping internationally.

Be Prepared

The most important preparation you can make is to accept that shipping overseas is a different game altogether. Not only do you have to consider which modes of transport will be the most effective (your parcels will likely travel on many before reaching their destination), but also customs clearance and the overall price of the entire shipping process.

Drawing up a budget for international deliveries and trying to calculate the average size and weight of your shipments will go long way in helping you prepare for the costs, and will also help you determine which modes of transport will best suit your business’s needs.

Prohibited Items

Customs clearance need not be a risk, so long as you have the necessary documents and know which items may not be allowed through. It may well be the case that all of the items which you sell are allowed through, but bear in mind that for some you may need a license.

Different countries will have different lists of items they do not allow past their border, so no matter where you are sending your parcels, it is wise to check these lists well before the shipping process has begun.


Finding a reliable international courier/logistics specialist is an excellent first step in ensuring you have a smooth, effective international parcel delivery process in place. Since they will have expert knowledge of dealing with international deliveries, as well as invaluable industry connections and networks, they can make it far easier to send parcels overseas.  

Different companies may be suited to different businesses, so it is worth checking their various different specialisms and potential limitations before choosing one.

Sending parcels on an international scale can be a great step forward for all businesses, and could well expand profit and growth potential. If you make sure you are well prepared for the hurdles which you may encounter, you will no doubt be able to ship your parcels to international customers with ease.

Published by Alex Hales