OptimalShip's Helpful Shipping Tips

3 Questions About Shipping Oversized Packages, Answered

Posted by Ian McRae on Jul 5, 2022 12:51:55 PM


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Topics: Insider, Exports, restrictions, DHL, Customs Brokerage

4 Things You Need to Know About International Shipping

Posted by Ian McRae on Jun 27, 2022 12:38:33 PM
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Topics: About OptimalShip, Exports, Imports, restrictions

What Happens if my International Shipping Address is Wrong?

Posted by Ian McRae on Jun 17, 2022 11:28:45 AM

Tragedy Strikes

We’ve all been there. Business was running smoothly. You’re making some strong sales and getting all your orders ready to go out to your customers. You’re excited! You’re on top of the world! You’re making your business dream come true, one package at a time. In the heat of all that fervor; tragedy strikes! Not too long after you have your product picked up to be shipped, you’re looking through the invoice information for your customer, and you realize that the package is going to the wrong address.

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Topics: International Shipping, DHL

What Should you Do if your DHL International Shipment is Damaged, Lost, or Stolen

Posted by Alyssa Duarte on May 24, 2022 12:25:39 PM


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Topics: International Shipping, svp, Insurance, lost shipment, damaged shipment

Shipment Value Protection through DHL

Posted by Skylar Godinez on May 20, 2022 11:16:23 AM
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Topics: International Shipping, Import Basics, Exports, DHL, shipment value protection, svp, Insurance

DHL and Customs Clearance: A Guide for New Shippers

Posted by Nathan Hunt on May 12, 2022 4:02:41 PM


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Topics: International Shipping, Import Basics, Exports, Customs, Customs Brokerage

Actual Weight vs. Dimensional Weight

Posted by Courtney Evans on May 12, 2022 3:56:43 PM

Have you ever shipped a large box that seems to weigh nothing, yet the invoice you get is higher than you expected? This likely has to do with the difference between dimensional weight and actual weight. We all know how to find the actual weight of our international packages; we just look at the scale the box is sitting on and read the number. But why does my 10 lb shipment in a 12x12x12 inch box cost less than those same 10 lbs in a 24x24x24 inch box?

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Topics: International Shipping, Domestic Shipping, Exports, Imports, billing

How to Correctly Write an International Address

Posted by Cade Nordgren on May 2, 2022 3:54:31 PM

All too often a simple error or a missing piece of information in an address can mean that your shipment will be delayed, or, in more extreme cases, never arrive at its destination at all. In this article, we will cover the proper way to format an international address to ensure that this does not happen to you.

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Topics: Export Basics, International Shipping, Imports

How to Speed up Delivery of my International Package

Posted by K. Sterrett on Mar 29, 2022 11:20:00 AM

We all hate it when our packages take forever to get to us! Not just because it's annoying, but because in our economy, time is money. Here are some common reasons why your delivery is taking longer than expected, and how to speed things up.

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Commercial Vs. Proforma Invoice: Which One Do I Need and What Is Its Role in Customs?

Posted by K. Sterrett on Mar 22, 2022 10:45:00 AM

When a shipment crosses an international border, it goes through the customs clearance process where the country’s import laws are enforced, and duties and taxes are assessed. There are two types of invoices that can be created for an international shipment and this article will guide you through which one you need to make. Some shipments are obviously commercial since they are being formally purchased from another country and will be subject to duty and tax. Others have nominal value or are not for resale, regardless of their value; these shipments might not be subject to duty and tax. The biggest role that an invoice plays in customs is to aid customs agents in enforcing duty and tax laws.

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