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« on: April 19, 2007 10:12:05 PM »

Im cross posting this in a few different groups to get as many replies as possible.

USPS is making some major changes to International shipping.  They are eliminating the small Global Priority envelope and dramatically increasing the price of the larger.  $7.50 to $9 for Canada and $9.50 to $11 for all other countries.  95% or more of my international sales were shipped using the small GP envelope so my rates are actually doubling if I want to continue to use GP.  I appreciated the safety of the tracking feature of GP but now Im not sure how to keep my international sales.  This is probably 1/3 or more of my entire sales.

How do you safely & economically ship your international packages?

Im making a trip to the post office tomorrow and hoping I understand how the Certificate of Mailing works with the new shipping categories.  I may end up offering First Class international with the Certificate of Mailing.  This may offer me some security but I also want to offer it to my buyers.

What are your thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007 10:21:27 PM »

have  you  considered  pricing  with DHL or Fed ex?  it  may be  cheaper and  yep  tracking too!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007 10:31:49 PM »

I hadnt thought of DHL but I had planned on checking into UPS and FedEx.  My daughter worked for FedEx a couple of years ago and she said from what she can remember it was much more expensive than even GP.  Most of my international packages weigh 10 ounces to up to 1.5 pounds max.  I use Stamps.com and they used to offer FedEx accounts so I will be checking that out tomorrow when my brain is bit fresher.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2007 05:42:30 AM »

I hadnt thought of DHL but I had planned on checking into UPS and FedEx.  My daughter worked for FedEx a couple of years ago and she said from what she can remember it was much more expensive than even GP.  Most of my international packages weigh 10 ounces to up to 1.5 pounds max.  I use Stamps.com and they used to offer FedEx accounts so I will be checking that out tomorrow when my brain is bit fresher.  DHL  also offers  accounts  and   UPS   if that  helps.

DHL  is  owned  by  fed ex  but  some  of thier  stuff is  still cheaper....not  sure in comparision
but  you can go  online and  do a  mock package and test the  rates  and  compare  thru DHL,   fed ex, UPS,  and USPS.....   and  you could  also jsut raise the
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2007 08:17:14 AM »

I hadnt thought of DHL but I had planned on checking into UPS and FedEx.  My daughter worked for FedEx a couple of years ago and she said from what she can remember it was much more expensive than even GP.  Most of my international packages weigh 10 ounces to up to 1.5 pounds max.  I use Stamps.com and they used to offer FedEx accounts so I will be checking that out tomorrow when my brain is bit fresher.

To my knowledge using one of these services to ship internationally is bad, bad, bad.  I've heard horror stories of recipients being forced to pay huge customs fees for these services.  Let me see if I can find something in writing for you.

In the mean time, you can check through some of these past threads and see if they're of any help.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=41564.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=82028.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=59745.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45517.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7337.0

ETA:  Since I was made aware of brokerage fees while I was on the Ebay discussion boards, I got my info from there.  I trust the Ebay forums as a source, but you may want to do your own investigation.  Here's what I found

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OTHER CARRIERS:
UPS, FEDEX and other Private Carriers.
Most Couriers provide a Standard and an Express service. Private couriers clear the item thru the destination country and charge a fee for this service. These fees are in addition to any taxes and/or duty the buyer would normally have to pay if sent thru a domestic carrier. Usually these fees are included in their Express Service but not in their Standard service. This fee is generally referred to as a " brokerage fee " and is usually charged to the buyer at the other end. This fee may include disbursement fees ( advancement of money fees ) , C.O.D. Fees, and import permits on top of their standard clearance fees.
Some buyers may prefer to have their item shipped via a private courier. Perhaps they have a business account and/or have their own broker for clearance. Before you send your item using a private couriers standard service, make sure the buyer knows about the additional fees.
Note: If the buyer lives close to where the parcel clears customs ( usually an airport ), there is a way for the buyer to avoid paying the brokerage fee. Instead of the courier company clearing customs, the buyer can do it. Once the package arrives the buyer should be notified. They need to get the waybill from the courier company and need an invoice or something to prove the value of the parcel. Then they go to customs and pay any taxes and duty that might be owed. Then they go back to the courier company to pick up their parcel. For more info on this have the buyer contact the courier company.

From this thread: http://forums.ebay.com/db2/thread.jspa?threadID=400051350&tstart=0&mod=1176847776325
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2007 10:47:36 AM »

I'm in the same boat, i love the small envelopes I didn't know till now they were going away. I'm very pissed about it.
I'm going to have to raise my rates for global priority mail which sucks. $4 is a big chunk of change for people that need their orders fast. But i'll only have to raise my rates for them on Ebay. My website i can just use Airmail letter post which is pretty fast for what it is.

Overseas count for about 50% of my business and most of them will have to wait for slower packages now.

here is a link to the USPS pdf about the new changes
http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/bulletin/2007/pb22203a.pdf
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2007 10:30:04 PM »

Thanks for the links jungrrl.  It was very thoughtful of you to find those.  Much of the information was a bit outdated from the craftster threads but I did find the ebay forum thread insightful.

I didnt realize there were brokerage fees the buyer would have to pay for services other than USPS.

I'm fairly certain I'm going to be using the new First Class International and offer the option of 1/2 price GP shipping for orders over a certain dollar amount.

I know my international sales will take a dive until the buyers get used to the new changes.

Thanks for the responses.  I hope everyone else's sales dont drop too much.
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