It’s become easier in so many ways, to send parcels abroad. At one time, it would take at least two weeks for parcels to move through the international shipping process. However, thanks to numerous advancements in technology within the industry, the process has sped up significantly.

However, while it may take less time to send packages abroad, it’s not as straightforward as you might think. If your business is looking to send international parcels, you’re going to need to be aware of the different restrictions enforced by different countries.

Are your goods prohibited?

The main thing you need to determine before shipping your goods to another country, is whether they’re prohibited. Each country has its own list of prohibited items and most are fairly obvious, such as weapons or anything that could pose a risk to public safety. However, some goods may not be so obvious and they may be prohibited because they’ll affect the economy of the country you’re shipping to.  

There’s not just prohibited items to be aware of either. You also need to determine which goods require a license or permit. Failing to adhere to these shipping regulations could prove detrimental to your business.

Doing your research

If you want to ensure you’re not going to run into international shipping problems, it’s vital you do your research. Look into everything there is to know about shipping to your chosen country. If you’re unsure of anything, seek professional advice. If you simply send goods and hope for the best, it will lead to delays in shipping, along with potentially high fines and in rare cases, legal action.

Equally important is ensuring you work with a fulfilment centre or courier service which has its own knowledge of international restrictions. However, this shouldn’t be seen as a way out of doing your own research. It’s down to you as a business, rather than a shipping company, to ensure you’re meeting the necessary requirements.

Once you’ve ensured you understand the restrictions and regulations of the country you’re shipping to, the next step is to find a reliable courier. Parcel2Go offers businesses competitive priced international deliveries using only the most trusted courier services.

Overall, there are many different regulations you need to be aware of when sending parcels to different countries. So, if you want to make sure your global operations are successful, you’re going to need to do your research.