Shipping mail and packages overseas may be a necessity for your remote business, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Whether you ship via USPS, UPS, or FedEx, you can use these tips to help you save money when shipping internationally:
- Ship mail and packages with USPS instead of a private courier. USPS will typically be your cheapest option. If your package or large envelope weighs less than 4 lbs, you can ship using First-Class Package International Service (prices begin at $14.85). Envelopes weighing less than 1 lb can be shipped using First-Class Mail International (prices start at $2.60).
- Don’t wait until the last minute. If your package isn’t time-sensitive, you can save a ton of money by shipping via economy.
- If you are mailing items to either Mexico or Canada, shipping with UPS Standard will most likely be more economical. It’s a ground option, so it’s not as expensive as Express shipments.
- Most countries will impose duties and taxes for products shipped internationally into the country. However, many of them also have an exemption when the product is less than $25-$35 . Therefore, declaring items less than that will normally save you from having to pay extra taxes and duties on top of the shipping fee. Note: This doesn’t apply to EU countries anymore as they have removed this exemption amount and now taxes for all values.