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6 Tips to Save on International Shipping Costs for eCommerce Order Fulfillment

Updated: May 23

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International shipping costs seem to go up by the week. If you are struggling to make sense of the increasing costs and looking for ways to save on your international order fulfillment, we have 6 tips to start saving right away.


  1. Did you know that the USPS offers Flat Rate options for international shipping too? If you are shipping Priority Mail International, check out the Flat Rate packaging options to see if one will work for you. You might find big savings and on top of that, you won’t have to buy packaging but be sure to do your research! In some cases, these Flat Rate options are more expensive.

  2. Select the smallest lightest packaging possible! Shipping costs are based on the weight and dimensions of your package. A few extra inches can cost you big so be sure that you are carefully selecting your packaging and minimizing both weight and size by pulling poly mailers tight!

  3. Add-on fees can really add up with some shipping carriers so take the time upfront to ensure you have provided the shipping carrier with accurate information including an accurate address, customs declarations, weight, and dimensions.

  4. Don’t ignore the cost of lost packages! Lost packages happen with every carrier but some are worse than others. Moreover, some are better at paying claims. Unless your product cost is low, it is generally worth it to pay a bit more upfront to avoid the headache and cost of a lost package.

  5. If you are not using Shopify for your shipping, it will be important to use the same shipping carrier whenever possible so that you can negotiate with the carrier and take advantage of volume discounts.

  6. Finally, if you are tired of shipping packages and worrying about shipping costs, give Key Fulfillment Solutions a call today at 720-486-2101. We would love to help you with your small business fulfillment and let you take advantage of our negotiated shipping rates.


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