When it comes to international shipping, most people have three concerns.
The first is the availability of reliable delivery service, particularly for destinations well off the beaten path. The US Postal Service delivers packages to 180 countries worldwide; FedEx and UPS go a little further, delivering to 220 destinations. You may be wondering how this works, as by the most recent count, there are only 196 countries in the world. The difference is due to destinations such as military bases and other special cases.
There are five countries that US citizens can not ship packages to without a specific export license or approval from the appropriate Federal authorities. Those countries are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Please be advised that this list may change as geopolitical events evolve: as an international shipping company in Boston, we stay current on all relevant regulations and will happily advise you as to the current situation.
The second concern is shipment integrity. This means how well will your package survive the international shipping process? Traveling on a cargo plane or inside a container ship is not always a smooth process. Proper packaging, which can include custom shipping crates or cardboard shipping boxes, is essential. It is our practice to exercise a high degree of care with all packages; that being said, when we’re shipping overseas, shipment integrity is the top priority.
The third concern is cost. Shipping packages internationally can be expensive. We work with our customers to find the best available international shipping solution for their budget. Generally, the more affordable options take longer to be delivered; it’s important to understand the timelines involved before shipping your package to avoid any disappointment.