International Shipping Online: It’s Unmistakably Easy
Click-N-Ship®, the USPS® shipping tool, https://reg.usps.com/ , is packed with tips and FAQs to help you through every step of international shipping. When you ship online, the system guides you through the transaction.
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Step 1: Make Sure You Can Ship It
Other items, including some common household items, can’t be mailed at all…
It’s also important to check policies for your destination. Every country has its own rules; some may surprise you.
Step 2: Pack It Up
Cushion your items with bubble wrap, foam, newspaper, or even shredded paper. To check your packing job, just jostle the box a little and see if things slide around.
Finally, tape your box shut and reinforce the seams with 2″ wide packing or paper tape. Don’t use string; it gets caught in sorting machines.
Step 3: Address It Accurately
We recommend you print the complete address in all caps on your package. Note that in some countries, the postal code goes before the city or town.
The full country name should be written in numbers and Roman letters on the last line of the mailing address.
Step 4: Weigh & Measure the Package
To check the size, measure the longest side of the box. Then, measure the distance around, or girth, and add the two measurements. Finally, check your total against the size limits for the destination country.
Because different services have different size limits, you’ll want to measure your shipping box before you start shipping online. You’ll then enter the measurements in Click-N-Ship to see available services.
Of course, you can always ship using a Flat Rate Box and skip this step entirely. No weighing. No measuring.1
Step 5: Complete a Customs Form
Or complete and print just the customs forms online.
Which form do you need to complete?
When you fill out the customs form, list the contents of your shipment completely and accurately. Otherwise, your package could be delayed or returned. When you’re done, please insert your GXG International Air Waybill2 or your PS Form 2976-A or 2976-B in a plastic envelope (PS Form 2976-E) on the package where USPS employees can easily see it.
1. The weight limit for Priority Mail Express International flat rate boxes is 20 lbs. The weight limit for both the Priority Mail International medium and large flat rate boxes is 20 lbs. The weight limit for Priority Mail International small flat rate boxes is 4 lbs.
Last updated: 6/8/2016