International Shipping Resources

Tips and Information for shipping internationally

What is an HS code?

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…

What is DDP? A Complete Explanation of DDP Shipping

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.…

International Shipping 101: DDP, Returns, Undeliverables & Insurance

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…

Understanding Landed Costs: Duties, Taxes, and Fees

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,…

What is DDU? Risks, Responsibilities, and Usage

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…

Grow Your Business by Selling Internationally with FlavorCloud for Shopify Merchants | FlavorCloud

International sales represent a huge opportunity for ecommerce merchants, with global ecommerce sales hitting $4.28 trillion in 2020. By 2024, they’re projected to grow by 47% to $6.3 trillion. But the complexities of cross-border selling are a significant barrier for many online merchants. Customs rules, duties, taxes, currencies, pricing, shipping logistics­—it can seem overwhelming. With…

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…

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…

Tax & Duty Calculator vs. Guaranteed Landed Cost | FlavorCloud

Here at FlavorCloud we receive a lot of requests from merchants when looking for an international shipping solution, for a tax and duty calculator. They may have read about other services offering such a calculator and believe that is the answer for their cross-border needs.  While a tax and duty calculator can be helpful, for…

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…

HS Codes For Cross-Border Ecommerce | FlavorCloud

Have you ever tried to ship an international order only for your shipping partner to request something called an “HS code” for every product in the shipment? Then you Google “HS code” only to get overwhelmed with complicated jargon and intimidating instructions? Quick intro to HS codes The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (known…

Easy DDP Shipping For Cross-Border Ecommerce | FlavorCloud

Does your online store have an FAQ that says something like this – “International orders are subject to duties, customs, and value added taxes that aren’t reflected in our prices. The recipient will be responsible for paying these charges upon receipt of your order.” Or what about this – “Depending on your country, you may…