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Inactive Etsy Member 3:15 pm Aug 8, 2012 EDT
Has anyone sold outside the US? Do you have to deal with customs? Is there a place to find out? And was postage outrageous?
Thanks for any and all help!!
carla

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Inactive Etsy Member 3:19 pm Aug 8, 2012 EDT
Selling overseas is super easy. The only thing you have to do as far as customs is concerned is fill out the customs form for your package. Fees are the importer's responsibility. You can find postage rates easily by getting a scale and imputting the weight into the USPS website. I got my scale for pretty cheap on Ebay. It is definitely worth it as some countries aren't in the same economic slump we are, and are still purchasing.
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its very easy i ship internationally all the time
customs are the buyers responsibility
just make sure you park packages as merchandise
GoTo has some great tutorials on that, among other things. Search under previous threads for shipping internationally and you'll find a link and a plethora of helpful info.
I sell all over the world! My items are light enough to send first class international so shipping is always under $4 unless the buyer requests an upgrade to priority or express. Also I have never had a package lost or stolen...knock on wood!

Custom forms are now done online through the USPS website since we can no longer hand write them. It is easy to do and of course free of charge. Then just take your pkg and forms to the post office, they take care of the rest.
Yes, the USPS site is very helpful.

Be sure to read up on the difference between the shipping methods, and what they cost. Do as much research as you can, and communicate clearly with your customers as to what they are paying for.

IE, if you're shipping items via First Class shipping only, the packages cannot be tracked or insured. If they get lost- they're lost. Make sure you state in your policies if you replace items or cover the cost of re-shipping them.


Tracking and insurance is only available on Priority and Express methods, which are much more expensive.
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Inactive Etsy Member 3:25 pm Aug 8, 2012 EDT
I ship to everywhere. I have several shops. Australia , with bigger items presented the highest cost. I am always honest on the customs forms.
Easy breezy!! I ship internationally only with First Class so far and it's very easy to do. Just fill out a short form at the post office (your name/address, their name/address, type of item & value, your signature & the date), and then pay the clerk! (Can't print first class international online, so I have to go to the PO in person. Haven't had to ship anything over first class yet.)
Selling Internationally is great! It's not really any different that selling in the US except that you need a Custom Form. Use common sense when shipping, no drugs, plants, live animals, very expensive items like gold & diamonds, lol!
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Inactive Etsy Member 3:41 pm Aug 8, 2012 EDT
Wow! THanks guys.........great help!! Y'all make it sound easy so I may give it a shot!

carla

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