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Small Business Exporting: The Why and The How

Posted by K. Sterrett on Nov 23, 2021 1:59:00 PM

Your complete guide to exporting for your small business

What is Small Business Exporting?

Whether you run your own Etsy shop or have a brick-and-mortar store, you're a small business owner. As a small business owner, have you considered shipping your goods out to foreign markets? You've already done so if you have international customers. Have you ever sent a package to another country? Then you've participated in small business exporting.

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International Shipping Services with OptimalShip

Posted by K. Sterrett on Nov 16, 2021 11:31:00 AM

When your business is growing, the last thing you would want is to get embroiled in minute details. For entrepreneurs navigating the rough, uncertain waters of a Covid-19 ridden business world, there's more than enough to be concerned about without getting entangled in logistics, shipping, and delivery.

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What is EEI Filing and Do I Need It?

Posted by K. Sterrett on Nov 12, 2021 1:15:00 PM

What is EEI Filing?

Are you heading to the post office to send an international shipment? Before using the postal service, you might need to fill out some paperwork first.

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What Is A Certificate Of Origin And Why Do I Need One

Posted by K. Sterrett on Nov 9, 2021 1:00:00 PM

When moving goods between countries, occasionally a Certificate of Origin may be requested by customs. . A certificate of origin is an official document that certifies a product or good was manufactured in a specific country. 

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DHL Express: How Long Does it Take to Ship Heavy Items?

Posted by K. Sterrett on Nov 5, 2021 9:04:07 AM

If you have to ship large, heavy items, we're here to help! In this article, we'll cover everything from weight limits to the cheapest way to ship heavy items and even provide you with a checklist of everything you need to keep in mind when shipping.

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The Guide to Shipping Documents Internationally

Posted by K. Sterrett on Nov 3, 2021 3:53:37 PM

Shipping documents internationally can be a stressful experience. Why? Because a different process must be followed for shipping overseas. It’s not as simple as slapping a stamp on an envelope and slipping it into the USPS slot.

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How to Choose the Best Overseas Shippers

Posted by K. Sterrett on Aug 26, 2021 9:46:32 AM

If you're looking for the best international shipping companies, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before making a decision.

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Topics: International Shipping, Exports, Imports

Online Bill Pay Now Available!

Posted by C. Keers on Jun 14, 2021 11:07:31 PM

We have some exciting news to remind you about: Optimal Ship supports Online Bill Pay! Our Online Bill Pay is a secure and simple to use bill pay system that affords you peace of mind. Here are some of benefits of using Optimal Ship’s Online Bill Pay:

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Topics: International Shipping, Domestic Shipping, account, billing

New Export Regulations for Russia, China, and Venezuela.

Posted by C. Keers on Jun 11, 2020 3:16:41 PM

The U.S. Department of Commerce has instituted a new regulation for the export, re-export, and in-country transfer of products to the People’s Republic of China, Russia, and Venezuela. These new controls enable the U.S. government to more closely monitor exports, re-exports, and in-country transfers of certain items, broadening the scope of export-controlled items to include electronic and telecommunications equipment. These changes include but are not limited to: PC’s, mobile devices, smart watches, heart monitors, night vision goggles, and so on. These new controls apply to all shipments to these countries even if there is no military end use for the products, and is effective as of June 29. 2020.

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Topics: Exports, China, restrictions, Venezuela, Russia

Exporting COVID-19 Relief Goods from China

Posted by C. Keers on Jun 4, 2020 2:26:40 PM

For several months now special restrictions have been in place for exports of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical, and general COVID-19 relief supplies from China. Although these restrictions have been in place for some time, businesses are still experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments. In this post we will cover in detail how to correctly process a shipment affected by this restrictions.

If you are already familiar with these restrictions please note that the only change is the lifting of the China/ Hong Kong weight restrictions. You may now process shipments that are above 150 lb (70 kg) per piece and 660 lb (300 kg) per shipment. However, the 1100 lb (500 kg) cap per account number is still in place. Shippers will need to follow the cap guideline in order to have their shipments picked up.

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Topics: Exports, China, restrictions, covid-19