OptimalShip's Helpful Shipping Tips

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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How to Ship to Canada from the US

Posted by K. Sterrett on Mar 8, 2022 10:53:00 AM

Shipping packages to Canada from the United States is simple and straightforward. OptimalShip provides all of the tools and assistance you need to ship your parcels. Our customer service team will help you choose the best shipment options for your needs.

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What DHL Forms For International Shipping do I Need?

Posted by K. Sterrett on Mar 1, 2022 10:30:00 AM

There is more paperwork involved in international shipments than with domestic because it is crossing international borders. Without this paperwork, your shipment will not make it through the customs clearance process. The paperwork sent will include more than just a simple statement of origin and destination. These extra details will ensure that it gets through customs and where it needs to go in a timely manner.

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Shipping to China: Important Steps to Ensuring Delivery

Posted by K. Sterrett on Feb 22, 2022 1:33:00 PM

You can ship to China just like you can ship to many other countries. But a shipment to China could take days or weeks to arrive. Being the second largest importer in the world comes with some hiccups. All international shipping options include going through customs regulations. But high volumes of shipments can affect the delivery time for packages.

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How to Ship to Remote Areas

Posted by K. Sterrett on Feb 15, 2022 10:00:00 AM

 

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