How Much is Overseas Shipping?

12 August, 2019

When you’re an e-commerce retailer you need to have a clear understanding over the costs of every element of the process, particularly if you’re a small-to-medium sized business.

One of the primary considerations you need to make is regarding the cost of overseas shipping, and how that impacts the selling price of your products and your overall profit margin.

How much does it cost?

You’ll probably be unsurprised to hear that there is no single answer to this question; it all depends on what you’re sending and where you’re sending it to.

For example, sending a designer wallet from the UK to Ireland or France wouldn’t cost much more than if you were to send it within the UK, however shipping a lamp to the US would incur significantly higher costs.

The more steps required in the shipping process, the more expensive it can become.

What impacts the cost?

There are a number of factors that will affect the cost of shipping your products internationally. These include:

  • The distance between the retailers country and the destination country.
  • The size and weight of the item.
  • The customs requirements of the destination country, for example it is easier, and therefore cheaper, to ship within the EU than outside of it.
  • The features required: delivery time, tracking, insurance, returns, etc.
  • The courier and / or fulfilment company you choose to work with.

How Asendia can help

Here at Asendia we have a huge amount of experience in dealing with overseas shipping and international mail fulfilment, and we have two solutions that are perfect for retailers that are sending a lot of products abroad.

Shipping parcels from the UK

Asendia provides a wide range of international parcel services, from lowest cost packet postal services to fully tracked premium parcel services.

Our International Mail Centre is located at Heathrow and we provide a nationwide collection service if required. Additionally for medium sized e-tailers we have an order fulfilment centre.

Our prices vary not only because of the variables listed previously, but also depending on whether you require collection, sorting, fulfilment or any other value added services.

Multinational fulfilment

For larger organisations, fulfilling your orders from within the destination country itself often represents the most cost effective solution for overseas shipping.

At Asendia we boast fulfilment centres in several countries around the world, all of which are specialists in order fulfilment suitable for that particular region.

The benefits of multinational fulfilment include:

  • Cost savings from the elimination of overseas shipping.
  • Time saved on delivery times.
  • Reduce your company’s carbon footprint with less reliance on transport by plane and ship.
  • Makes dealing with multiple suppliers, with different languages and cultures easier.

If you’re looking to ship products overseas, regardless of what you sell, then speak to our experienced team to find out what solution would be best for you, and how we can help you to make overseas shipping less costly.

Contact us to find out more about our overseas shipping solutions, including shipping parcels from the UK and multinational fulfilment.

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