Your Guide to International Shipping

From Documentation to Destination
 

Shipping internationally is easier than you might think. Our online process leads you step by step to create your shipment, and generates your customs documents as you go.

And because you can reuse saved addresses and product details from previous shipments, it gets faster and easier the more you ship.

Before You Begin

Accuracy is key. Help avoid customs delays by having these important details when you're ready to begin:

Contact Information

Contact Information

There may be additional questions prior to delivery, so be sure to provide accurate phone numbers and email addresses for both shipper and receiver.

Description of Goods

Description of Goods

Be specific about the contents of your shipment: what it is, what it's used for, the materials it's made from, and the country of origin--e.g., Women's 100% cotton knit shirt; size medium; origin China. These details enable more complete documentation and reduce the risk of customs delays or holds impacting delivery.

Value of Goods

Value of Goods

Include the overall value of your shipment--as well as value per item--to help determine duties and taxes more quickly. Value is a reasonable amount that would be charged for the items if sold, regardless of whether a sale is involved.

How to Ship Internationally on ups.com

International Shipping Step by Step

1. Check shipping regulations.
Search by country for any restrictions, licensing, or special provisions on the import of your goods. You can also review a list of globally restricted and prohibited items.

2. Enter shipment details online.
Provide ship to address, description of goods, and other details, then choose service and billing options. See all service options.

3. Provide customs information.
As you enter product details, we'll create your shipping label, commercial invoice, and other customs forms. To expedite customs clearance, include the tariff code describing your products found in the Harmonized System--the standard guide used worldwide to identify goods for import.

4. Decide who pays for what.
Don't get caught by surprise. Our landed cost estimator can help you anticipate import duties and taxes, which can be billed to the shipper, receiver, a third party, or split among them.

Start Your International Shipment

Need More Options?

  • UPS Paperless Invoice
    Learn More About UPS Paperless® Invoice

    Connect directly to customs offices world-wide, ensuring your trade documents are available whenever and wherever needed. It's easy, it's free, and it's environmentally friendly.

  • Electronic Export Information (EEI)
    Find Out if You Need an Export License

    Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing is required if any item in your shipment is valued above $2,500 or needs an export license. We can file for you, or you can register at aesdirect.census.gov.

How Can We Help?

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All in the Details

Give a proper description of goods for your commercial invoice.

Give Your Shipment a Proper Description

A commercial invoice and description of goods are required for nearly all international shipments. This includes products for sale or resale, as well as items that aren't intended to be sold--like samples, returns, repairs, personal items, or gifts.

Typed, written, or printed materials with no commercial value are generally classified as documents. These are duty and tax free and don't require a commercial invoice. Countries classify documents differently, so use our import/export tool to get country-specific information.

 

Find harmonized tariff codes for your products

Make Tariff Codes Work for You

Harmonized tariff codes are the standard international reference for classifying products for duty and clearance. Items are grouped into broad categories and refined into narrow groups. Selecting the most specific tariff code available to describe your product can significantly speed the customs process.