Although the internet has brought hugely differing countries closer together in a communication sense, the planet is still the same size as it was prior to the mass uptake of the web. This means that even though we can use online auction sites to buy from and sell to individuals spread across the globe, we still have to take into account that the goods have to physically travel a great distance and reach the buyer in good shape. For medium size businesses looking to expand into new territories, the same applies. You can talk to and even sell to another continent, but the distance still remains. Of course, courier companies and international shipping firms exist for this purpose, but knowing the companies are out there is one thing.
Knowing which ones you can trust to deliver a package on time and in the right condition is another matter entirely, and will have an impact on the success of your business. Identifying the companies that will allow you to reach customers all over the world means studying what you need, and what they have to offer in that regard. Only by judging the companies concerned on their merits will you really find the company that will be right for you. Sending valuable items can be rather traumatic when you bear in mind that you have no control over the item while it is in transit. A good international shipping company will ensure that with secure packing and careful transportation your goods reach the other end of their journey in mint condition and to the customer's satisfaction. Whether it be a priceless painting or a state of the art home cinema system, expensive goods are usually so priced because they are works of genuine delicacy, and it requires a skilled professional to ensure they are not damaged in transit.
There is a school of thought that says you get what you pay for when it comes to sending items via international shipping, but it is not necessarily the case that the most expensive service is also the best. Indeed, if you do your research well and shop around for the best deal you may find that the best service is not the priciest. It is not until you have done that comparison shopping that you will know which is the best company to go with – and if you have to stick to a budget there is a world of difference between “cheap and nasty” and “no frills”. The author is an expert on the subject of international shipping and recently retired from running his own business Shipping Art & Antiques. He still retains an interest in the industry and has worked as an advisor for a company importing computer & electronics international shipping being his area of expertise. He has contributed articles to numerous journals within the industry and speaks at trade conferences across Europe and in the United States and Canada.
Shipping Valuable Items at a Reasonable Price