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international globeSo you’ve found the perfect buyer for your latest antiquing jackpot, but there’s one major downside – the buyer would require you to ship your treasurers internationally. While there are definite risks when it comes to international shipping, there are a few easy tips that anyone should follow when it comes to shipping any items internationally.
Start Small
Like most skills, arranging international shipping requires practice and repetition to make sure all your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. The easiest way to get the hang of things is to start be shipping small, easier-to-package items. Maybe a simple gift for your niece studying abroad for a semester or a house warming gift for that friend spending a week in Tokyo. Mastering the basics with lesser-valued items can help reduce the stress and confusing when moving on to bigger ticket purchases.
Speak the Same Language
Start by shipping between countries that share a common language. There’s no point in adding the risk of translation errors to the mix when you may not be 100% familiar with packing requirements or postage.
Ask the Experts
Organizations like the United States Postal Service have international shipping down to a science. The USPS’ International How-To Guide and International Addressing Tips are great places to start if you’ve never shipped internationally before.
With all of the information now available on the internet, international shipping isn’t nearly as daunting of a task as it once was. However, if a Google search or Facebook post doesn’t yield the answers you’re looking for, a call to your local post office can usually help clear up and issues. Happy shipping!

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