Some sellers don’t offer international shipping because they worry that no one will be willing to pay the cost, or because they fear it will be too complicated to consolidate. This is exactly how I felt, and then I took baby steps and started selling to Canada a few years ago. After offering it within a week I had a sale! I still remember how excited I was at the thought of my products being used and enjoyed by someone halfway across the world! I had to make some adjustments such as learning new shipping rates, adjusting my timelines for delivery. The involvement has taught me a lot about how to appeal more to an international viewer. Over the years I was hesitate to expand my shop international, then today I expanded my field again, so as of today I am selling to the UK.
Although you can certainly limit your Etsy business to domestic buyers, part of the fun of selling on Etsy is connecting with so many people. First, however, you need to get a feel for the ins and outs of shipping internationally. These tips have helped me expand my business and hopefully they could help you. Keep a few points in mind:
- Items shipped to some countries, such as Canada and countries in the European Union, may be subject to duties or taxes.
- You need to include a Customs form! To figure out what type of form you need, check with your carrier or go to the Customs website. Be sure to fill out the form thoroughly, to keep it from being held up at Customs.
- Shipping certain items: think food products, plant and animal products, precious jewelry, could be prohibited in some countries. To find out whether your item is prohibited, check out the Individual Country Listings page on the USPS website
- Remember: Be sure to warn international customers that you can’t be responsible for delays if your package gets stuck in Customs.
Whether you’re a new seller or have been selling for years, offering international shipping is a great way to open your shop up to a vast customer base!
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