OptimalShip's Helpful Shipping Tips

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

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 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

Emergency Situation Surcharge (ESS)

Posted by C. Keers on May 15, 2020 10:30:58 AM

DHL introduced an Emergency Situation Surcharge (ESS) back in April of 2020. Today they have announced new changes that will be effective as of May 24th, 2020.

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Topics: International Shipping, Exports, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Imports, Europe