International Shipping Resources

Tips and Information for shipping internationally

How to Recession-Proof your International Shipping

Global economics can get extremely complex, but certain principles of recession consumer behavior are straightforward. When people have less money and products are more expensive, the average consumer is going to purchase fewer or cheaper things. However, there are proactive ways to optimize your sales and shipping to stay strong against the currents of recession,…

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A Guide to Shipping Dangerous Goods: Beauty & Cosmetics | FlavorCloud

You might not automatically associate ‘Dangerous Goods’ with beauty and cosmetic products. But in transportation, many items such as perfumes, nail polish, or aerosols tick the ‘hazmat’ box. If you’re a merchant in this sector and you ship to customers, it’s essential to get it right. The beauty and cosmetic sector is a huge opportunity…

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FlavorCloud & ShipBob: A Powerful Solution for International Shipping and Fulfillment | FlavorCloud

We’re extremely proud to announce FlavorCloud’s new partnership with industry-leading international fulfillment platform, ShipBob. It means ShipBob’s Shopify, BigCommerce & API merchants can now seamlessly plug into FlavorCloud’s extensive global cross-border carrier network and intelligent shipping algorithm to grow their international sales easily. ShipBob: a Global Omnifulfillment Platform ShipBob provides merchants with a single view…

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What is Guaranteed DDP? | FlavorCloud

Two top concerns cross-border consumers have are high shipping costs and long delivery times. These worries are so important that customers often abandon their shopping carts. Merchants can easily address these concerns by offering DDP shipping. This gives your customers what they want—the best shipping costs, shortest delivery times, no surprises, and an excellent customer…

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What is DDP? A Complete Explanation of DDP Shipping | FlavorCloud

There are billions of consumers around the globe, presenting a huge opportunity to grow your business through selling internationally. However, consumers considering cross-border purchases cited high shipping costs (51%) and long delivery times (47%) as their top two concerns. Interestingly, these are also two of the top three reasons cited by consumers for cart abandonment.…

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An Introduction to Shipping Dangerous Goods | FlavorCloud

Running an ecommerce business involves a lot of moving parts. There’s the obvious stuff, like choosing the right products, marketing, site design, accounting, payment processing, packaging, and shipping. And then, each of those aspects breaks down into smaller subsections, like nesting dolls of necessary knowledge.   So, at first glance, you need to decide about shipping…

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Beginner’s Guide to Tariffs & Trade Barriers | FlavorCloud

The rise of technology has helped make everything more accessible. The exchange and availability of information, ideas, products, and services multiplied exponentially once the internet helped ease the logistical obstacles that previously presented a challenge. The result is an entire world full of options versus the local communities we were once limited to—benefitting consumers and…

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GDPR Compliance for Merchants | FlavorCloud

There’s a lot to successfully selling internationally with many things to manage, including branding, marketing, fulfillment, and customer service. Data privacy is a vital aspect too. It continues to increase in importance for consumers and has become an essential element of customer satisfaction and retention. According to McKinsey, 87% of surveyed consumers said they would…

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What is an HS code? | FlavorCloud

Preparing to ship products across borders can seem daunting. But if you’re doing so, you’ve probably come across the term ‘HS codes’. If you haven’t, we’re glad you’ve found yourself here—HS codes are fundamental to shipping internationally, as is getting them right on your international shipping documents. If you get your HS codes wrong, you…

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International Shipping 101: DDP, Returns, Undeliverables & Insurance | FlavorCloud

Shipping internationally is no easy task and comes with a lot of complexity. At FlavorCloud, we make it simple by taking care of everything for you—wherever you’re shipping. Leveraging FlavorCloud’s Global cross-border carrier network gives you high-quality shipping at the best rates across our algo-optimized routes. Wherever you’re shipping, there are important pieces of information…

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Understanding Landed Costs: Duties, Taxes, and Fees | FlavorCloud

As an ecommerce merchant, determining shipping costs is an essential and ever-present part of doing business. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like it would be a complicated calculation—just put some information into an online tax and shipping calculator, hit enter, and go about your day, right? Not quite, but it’s a start. The duties,…

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What is DDU? Risks, Responsibilities, and Usage | FlavorCloud

Selling globally is a huge opportunity for merchants, allowing you to reach billions of consumers and grow your business. But intricate regulatory practices and procedures make international shipping a challenge, so it’s important to understand the basics. If you’ve been researching how to handle your logistics internationally, you might have come across the term DDU in…

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What is Cross-Border? A Guide to Cross-Border Shipping and Commerce | FlavorCloud

In ecommerce, “cross-border” is when the customer and merchant are located in two different countries. Although the definition for cross-border is simple, the logistics involved with selling internationally can be overwhelming when you dip your toes into international waters. Before your store is ready to sell worldwide, there’s a lot to consider, from the various…

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Cross Border Ecommerce Changes To UK and VAT With Brexit | FlavorCloud

It has been over 4 years since the vote for the UK to leave the EU and the time has finally arrived where changes will occur and new rules for cross-border sales into the UK.  These changes are not only for EU based merchants , but all merchants , including US based , who sell to…

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DDP Shipping – How COVID-19 Is Changing How You Should Ship | FlavorCloud

As the world navigates the coronavirus outbreak, many stores are turning to contactless delivery, to help protect customers and delivery personnel by reducing transmission opportunities of the virus. Customer places an order, completes payment for all services online so there is no need to pay upon delivery and item is left at the door. This…

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