What to Look for When Choosing the Right International Parcel Shipping Company?

Vanessa Tran , Jan 25 2021

Ecommerce logistics is one of the biggest expenses for online retailers, especially when shipping products internationally. If you’re not using the right international parcel shipping company, you could be hurting your business. The wrong carrier can lead to unexpected shipping costs and delayed delivery times, which can result in lost sales and customer loyalty.

Fortunately, the ball is in your court when it comes to choosing international shipping for ecommerce. You have plenty of options to choose from, including cost-effective DDP (delivered duty paid) solutions. Below are the most important things to pay attention to when choosing the best international shipping companies for your online store.

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Weight Limits and Sizing Restrictions

The first thing to consider is the size and weight of the products you are shipping. Some carriers have a weight limit and shipping restrictions that you’ll want to be aware of. Others are willing to ship larger products, but they will add additional charges or special pricing. When shipping smaller products, flat rate is usually the best option because you pay a fixed rate.

Selecting Licensed and Authorized Companies

When selecting a shipping company, one of your main priorities should include ensuring that the international shipping company is licensed by the relevant authorities in the country that the company operates. In the US for example, this regulatory body is the Federal Maritime Commission. As one of the most influential and internationally recognized shipping authorities, the Maritime Commission helps to ensure that the operations of shipping companies are legit and within the legal bounds of US law.

Failure of these companies to abide by certain rules and regulations can lead to heavy fines that detour most bad actors in the shipping space. Additionally, should your company feel it’s being unfairly treated by a Maritime Commission-licensed company, you’ll have certain protections as well as a channel to voice any complaints you have whilst encountering with the shipping company.

Domestic vs. International Shipping

If you plan on shipping both domestically and internationally, you might find it best to use different carriers for each region. There are plenty of reputable shipping companies that ship within the United States (e.g. USPS, FedEx or UPS), but these same providers may not offer the best service and pricing to ship overseas.

Some online retailers use the same carriers to ship international and domestic packages, but a better option for international orders can be to work with a specialized international DDP carrier like Parcll Delivery. We manage the entire logistics process from the US all the way to the consumers’ door in-house, to guarantee, that the delivery experience for your consumers in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and many other European countries is fast and runs smoothly.

Fast Delivery Times

Pick an international shipping service that offers quick, efficient DDP shipping. One of the biggest reasons for abandoned shopping carts is slow shipping speeds. Consumers want their packages delivered to them fast and on time, so it’s important that your shipping options reflect this. The best shipping companies should be able to deliver packages to an international destination within 4-6 days. And, because with DDP all taxes and duties are paid upfront, there are no unforeseen delivery delays or consumer rejections that could hurt your business. Your shipment arrives on time and as expected.

Looking for quick delivery when you need it? Check out our fast and easy solutions at Parcll.

Warehouse Packages


The cost associated with shipping can vary greatly depending on the specific needs of each seller and what they’ll be shipping. For example, full container load (FCL) shipping typically cost more than loess than a container load (LCL) shipping. You’ll also want to take into account that shipping items during certain times of the year can be more expensive than at other times of the year. Some of the other costs that you’ll want to take into consideration are freight associated costs, zone-specific changes, delay fees, port charges, customs charges, cargo insurance, and port charges. And this is just to name a few. Make sure to have a solid understanding of all the costs involved before selecting an international parcel shipping company.

A big reason for abandoned shopping carts is expensive shipping. Choose an international shipping service that offers affordable, cost-effective DDP shipping. Parcll Delivery provides great volume discounts on international shipping and can ship your parcels for much less than the Post Office or Express Integrators.

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International Shipping Quotes

After you’ve identified legitimate contenders for your shipping needs, you should be sure to receive a quote for what the international shipping will cost. While some companies may simply place their rates directly online, you may need to contact others. By emailing or calling, you can either receive a direct response or provide them with the information they need to get back to you with a quote in a short amount of time. Even after limiting your company picks to a few options, the most reliable business that’s able to provide the services you need at the lowest cost can be a large determining factor. That said, a company should always be picked for reputable good services as opposed to just being the cheapest option.

Looking for a quote on affordable, quick, and reliable international shipping? Give Parcll a call today for a quote and some more information!


Reliable Tracking Process

Reliable and accurate tracking assures both you and your customer that the package will be delivered on time. This is one of the most common services provided by international shipping companies which can help bring the seller and buyer comfort in knowing the status of their shipping process alike. Sellers can utilize the information to make the best decisions with regard to supply chain decisions. Buyers enjoy the practicality and convenience of knowing when their product will arrive, and where it is currently located in the shipping process for ease of mind. Parcll Delivery offers detailed tracking updates, with milestones for every package, along with delivery confirmation. In addition to that, we provide a POD service (signature proof of delivery) for all e-commerce retailers that want to add extra security to their final mile parcel delivery.

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As you can see, there are many considerations when choosing an international parcel shipping company. By doing your research and asking the right questions, you can find a reliable global shipping service that satisfies customers and allows your business to grow.

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