Avoid irregular packages
As tempting as it may be to get rid of those water skis, that have been sitting in your garage for years, it may not be a wise choice for an eBay sale. When shipping with many major shipping companies, often times, irregular packages are rejected if not packaged exactly right. This may cause issues if you are trying to keep the cost of your item down. Shipping irregular packages is not only expensive but it can also cause damage to the item during the shipping process. Sticking to items that can fit in standard boxes. This keeps your shipping costs low and increases the chance of a successful shipment.
Provide tracking information
Customers like to track their shipments for many reasons. It allows them to keep updated on their item and it allows them to rely on you, as a seller, to ship their packages. Oftentimes, if a package turns up lost, providing shipping information allows them to take proactive steps in retrieving their package before it is too late. Many sellers often find that buyers are less willing to negotiate, in such instances, when sellers neglect to offer shipping info. Offer sellers credibility and provide them with tracking information on their items beforehand.
Ship on time
Many sellers choose to ship their items within a week. You may not be able to control the time in transit, however, you can control the time it takes you to ship the items. Providing your customers with a prompt shipping time, will give them confidence in buying from you time and time again.
Find new ways to pack
One of the best ways to become a successful shipper, is to pack your items, carefully. You may be thinking that you can’t ship your items properly because of the price of shipping material. However, there are ways to alternative ways to the traditional packing materials. Obtaining free cardboard from your local groceries stores and using recycled newspaper and interior packing material, can allow you to package your items carefully without raising your shipping expenses. You can receive positive feedback for the care you put in packaging their items, while lowering your risk of having the packages arrive damaged and needing to compensate your unsatisfied buyer.
Being a successful shipper does not have to mean raising your shipping costs or purchasing expensive packaging material. Finding ways to handle your items and provide great customer service to your buyers can not only reward you with positive feedback but save you time and money, as well.
Shipping a package to China can be frustrating and nerve-wracking. It’s never as easy to send a package internationally as it is to send it domestically. There are some steps you can take to make sure that your international package makes its way safely and as quickly as possible in to China.
Take Note of your Contents
Before packaging your products, take an inventory of what’s inside. Make note. You will need this information to fill out sheets of paper that will be turned in to customs. Make sure to note the value of the shipment, as this will be used to calculate your duty.
Carefully Pack your Packages
Carefully package your products so that they will not get broken. Take note that your package is going to make a long trip to China. It is therefore imperative that your contents are secure to prevent your shipment from incurring losses due to damage.
Fill out Necessary Paperwork
Fill out all of the necessary paperwork for customs and duty. Some shipping services will do this for you, while others expect you as the shipper to be responsible for this step. If you are unsure about how to fill out a particular form, don’t be shy and ask for help.
Choose your Shipping Method
Choose your shipping method based on when you need to have the shipment arrive in China, the weight of the product, and any special considerations based on what you are shipping. If you need a relatively quick delivery, airmail is the way to go. If you have extremely heavy merchandise, sometimes shipping on a cargo boat is a better bet. In addition, if you are shipping food or something that needs to be kept at a certain temperature, you will need to make sure that your preparations are made.
Arrange for Shipment with a Carrier
Arrange for shipment with your carrier after you have made the proper preparations. Once you make this step, you will likely pay for the shipment and be made aware of when they plan on actually taking your product to China.
After you take the above steps, you are ready to let the shipping company do the rest of the shipment. You can sit back and relax knowing that your shipment is making its way to China. The process of shipping a package to China isn’t much different than shipping a package anywhere else. You just need to make sure that your package is secure and that you have filled out the proper paperwork.