Selling and posting overseas has been easier than expected despite I make & sell lampshades which are very fragile & as light as a feather.
I investigated first to see if my lampshades were not on any restricted list (as this is the case for my scented lavender bags as I use fresh organic lavender buds - I just sell these at handmade fairs now).
I have found my local Post Office in my town very helpful & always give me the best advice. don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t sure about posting abroad. They know me quite well at mine & are always friendly and kind.
They have been sent to Europe, US, Canada & even Australia. US has been the top buyer out of all of them. Also I do not post over a certain size of lampshade (max. 30cm in diameter with a height of 21cm) to the US/Canada/Australia. I restrict posting lampshades to certain regions/continents too and state my return policies clearly in my shop especially when it comes to busy periods & or holiday seasons like Christmas etc
The post office seems to be better at handling my “fragile” boxes sent abroad than the national couriers that I use here for my UK orders.
I always track them and make sure they are signed for too!
I too keep custom labels at home as well as fragile stickers.
I actually feel giddy with excitement whenever I get an order from abroad.
These are golden opportunities that cant be missed especially if you want to make your business grow an make profit. As a small business you should not restrict oneself to their local market. The world is online which makes it so much easier with eCommerce platforms, Paypal and new selling technologies emerging all the time.If you have any more questions, am more than happy to help
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