Become a globally recognized brand

Expand beyond the US and tap into the global market. Tokyo, London, Seoul, Dubai and Berlin. There are people Reach millions more customers and elevate your brand to new heights by offering international shipping. Don’t limit your growth—go global!

save up to 50% on international postage and ship worldwide

National carriers like Canada Post and UPS charge extremely high postage rates when shipping internationally - it simply isn't economical. Expand your reach and ship internationally with 247 Fulfillment's global shipping solutions.

Using our volume and strong carrier network, we are able to get aggressive rates on international postage, ensuring your products reach international customers faster and more affordably

deliver a seamless customer experience with delivered duty paid (ddp) shipping

You already did all the hard work. You made the product, acquired the customer and now it's time to deliver their order. The easiest way to leave a bad taste in your international customers' mouths is to surprise them with duty charges before delivery.

Several brands have leveraged our DDP shipping options to ensure a smooth delivery experience for their customers. Happier customers means better retention and loyalty, helping you unlock incremental revenue in global markets.

Unlock incremental revenue with international shipping

Expand into global markets and unlock new revenue by leveraging international shipping. Using international shipping, you can expose your brand to millions of customers around the world.

With the US market becoming increasingly competitive and advertising costs soaring, growing your business abroad can be more profitable. Lower advertising expenses and access to millions of new customers make global expansion a smart strategy for growth.

How 247 Fulfillment handles your international shipments

BENEFITS OF International SHipping

International shipping is a crucial aspect of global commerce, enabling businesses to expand their reach beyond domestic borders. This comprehensive guide covers everything from costs and duties to shipping speeds and strategies for managing international shipments. Whether you're a small business owner or a logistics professional, understanding the intricacies of international shipping can streamline your operations and enhance customer satisfaction.

Understanding International Shipping Costs

The cost of international shipping varies based on several factors, including the destination, package weight, dimensions, and the shipping method chosen. Here are some key elements that influence international shipping costs:

  1. Destination: Shipping to distant or remote locations typically incurs higher costs. The closer to the origin zipcode, the cheaper it is to ship.

  2. Package Weight and Dimensions: Heavier and larger packages cost more to ship internationally.

  3. Shipping Method: Faster shipping methods often cost more. Express shipping, although much faster, is more expensive than standard international shipping.

Tips to Manage International Shipping Costs

  1. Consolidate Shipments: Combine multiple orders into one shipment to reduce costs.

  2. Negotiate Rates: Work with shipping carriers to negotiate better rates for bulk shipping.

  3. Use Fulfillment Centers: Partner with fulfillment centers to reduce transit times and costs. 3PLs like 247 Fulfillment can aggregate all of their international package volume with a carrier to get lower shipping rates overall.

Navigating International Shipping Duties

Duties are taxes imposed by the destination country on imported goods. Understanding and managing these duties is essential for smooth international shipping and ensuring a great customer experience. There are two main options for dealing with duties: Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) and Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU).

Delivery Duty Paid (DDP)

With DDP, the seller assumes responsibility for all shipping costs, including duties, taxes, and customs clearance. This method provides a seamless experience for customers but requires the seller to factor in all potential costs upfront.

For more information on DDP shipping, check out our article on DDP vs DDU shipping.

Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU)

Under DDU, the buyer is responsible for paying duties and taxes upon arrival of the shipment. While this method reduces the seller's financial burden, it can lead to delays and additional costs for the customer.

Pros and Cons of DDP and DDU

Cost Responsibility
Seller Buyer
Customer Experience
Seamless, with no additional costs Possible delays and unexpected fees
Higher for seller Lower for seller

Comparing Domestic and International Shipping

Understanding the differences between domestic and international shipping can help businesses optimize their logistics strategies. Below is a comparison table highlighting key aspects:

Domestic Shipping
International Shipping
Generally lower Higher due to distance and duties
Shipping Speed
Typically faster Variable, depending on destination
Customs Clearance
Not required Required, can cause delays
Usually straightforward More complex, multiple carriers
Uniform within country Varies by destination

International Shipping Speeds

Shipping speeds for international shipments can vary greatly depending on the method chosen:

  1. Express Shipping: Fastest option, usually delivered within 1-3 business days.

  2. Standard Shipping: Balanced option, typically takes 5-10 business days.

  3. Economy Shipping: Most cost-effective, but can take 2-4 weeks.

Factors Affecting Shipping Speeds

  1. Distance: Longer distances generally mean longer delivery times.

  2. Customs Clearance: Delays can occur if shipments are held up at customs.

  3. Carrier Service Levels: Different carriers offer varying levels of service speed and reliability.


International shipping is a complex but essential component of global business. By understanding the costs, duties, and shipping speeds associated with international shipping, businesses can make informed decisions that enhance their logistics operations. Whether you opt for DDP or DDU, and whether you prioritize speed or cost, having a comprehensive strategy for international shipping will ensure your business remains competitive in the global marketplace.

Remember, partnering with a reliable fulfillment center can streamline your international shipping process, reduce costs, and improve delivery times, ultimately leading to increased customer satisfaction and business growth.

FAQ About International Shipping

We primarily use DHL and UPS for our international shipments to ensure reliable and timely delivery.

International shipping costs vary based on the destination, package weight, and dimensions. You can get an accurate quote by contacting us and requesting a quote.

Duty charges are taxes imposed by the destination country on imported goods. These charges are typically handled by the recipient (DDU) unless you choose a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) option. Using our services, you can offer both DDP and DDU shipping to your customers.

International shipping delivery times vary depending on the destination and the selected shipping method. Generally, international shipments take between 5 to 14 business days.

Yes, all international shipments come with tracking information that allows you to monitor your package's progress from our warehouse to your customers' doorstep.

Yes, certain items are restricted or prohibited based on the destination country's regulations. Generally, consumables and other regulated items may cause issues with certain destination countries. Contact us to learn more.

We offer insurance options for international shipments. If your package is lost or damaged, please contact us and we'll work together for a resolution.

Daily. International shipments are picked up from our Canadian fulfillment center daily, loaded on a plane and flown to the destination countries.

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