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The Difference Between HS, HTS, and Schedule B Codes

Posted by K. Sterrett on Jun 6, 2018 1:33:03 PM

All of these abbreviations can be downright confusing in the shipping world, especially when it comes to codes that define your products at the customs borders. Here, we talk a little about the most commonly confused codes and when they're used.

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Topics: Export Basics, International Shipping, Import Basics

What Happens if My Shipping Address is Wrong?

Posted by L. Thompson on Jun 4, 2018 11:46:05 AM

One of the most frustrating things in the shipping process is realizing that you – or a customer – have accidentally shipped a package to the incorrect address, such as an old address. Fortunately, in some circumstances, you can correct this seemingly uncorrectable mistake –if you catch the mistake before the package has been delivered. Depending on what carrier you are using and when you catch the mistake, you do have some options.

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Topics: International Shipping, Domestic Shipping

What's the Difference Between International Shipping and Domestic Shipping?

Posted by K. Sterrett on Jun 1, 2018 5:32:00 AM

If your company is thinking about shipping internationally, you’re probably already shipping domestically. That makes sense; it’s much easier, in almost every country, to start shipping to places within your borders. The rules are consistent within a country and packages get to where they need to go without the hassle of customs and other delays.

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Topics: International Shipping, Domestic Shipping

The Role the Pony Express Played in the Shipping Industry

Posted by L. Mower on May 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM


How did we ship products without the internet? Before digital media did the work for us, we had to do the work ourselves, and this often involved using our equine companions to assist in our efforts. While we couldn't ship internationally with horses, we certainly made leaps and bounds forward with domestic shipping during the mid-1800's. One of the flagship transportation services, despite its short lifespan, became one of the most recognized mail delivery services in history.

The Pony Express

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Topics: Fun Shipping History, Domestic Shipping

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Internationally?

Posted by K. Sterrett on May 23, 2018 12:01:41 PM

One thing is for certain: when you’re shipping things across country borders, it can get expensive before you know it. Shipping internationally is a big unknown for a lot of people. Often, before they even ship anything, they wish to know a cost associated with their export so that they can properly plan for that charge.

Unfortunately, estimating the cost of shipping internationally is more difficult than it seems in the beginning. It isn’t as simple as knowing where the package is going, though that’s often a great place to start.

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Topics: Export Basics, International Shipping

How to Comply with Export Laws (infographic)

Posted by K. Sterrett on May 15, 2018 3:38:25 PM



Exporting laws can be tricky, but must be followed in order to get your goods where you want them to go. We've made an infographic to help. Here are 5 steps to follow in order to comply with export laws.

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Topics: Export Basics, International Shipping

How to Ship Alcohol Overseas

Posted by L. Thompson on May 14, 2018 3:39:47 PM


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Topics: International Shipping

How Do I Ship Internationally?

Posted by K. Sterrett on May 4, 2018 1:47:07 PM

International shipping is a little bit confusing, especially since you have to consider your country AND the country you're shipping to. Everyone has different rules and considerations, but there are a couple of guidelines that just about everyone should follow. We've outlined these here for you.

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Topics: Export Basics, International Shipping

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