Do you ship worldwide? If you do, thats great, but you are among the minority. Most eBay sellers are intimidated by shipping worldwide, and that is totally understandable. You need to know about customs forms, what you can or can not sell to a country, taxes, and that’s not to mention that it’s almost impossible to track a package! There is no denying that offering your product to the whole world opens up millions of more customers. Matter of fact, most of my sales are sent out internationally. Well fear no more, eBay has started a neat program that takes all of the uneasiness out of the equation. The program is called, “Global Shipping Program”, and in a nut shell, it allows you to offer Worldwide shipping with out the headache of knowing all the international rules. Here is how it works.
When you opt in to the Global Shipping Program, your listings will show that you are willing to ship internationally. The buyer will see an estimated cost for shipping to them along with the import charge. Once they buy the item and pay, all you have to do is ship your item to an eBay shipping center here in the USA, and eBay will manage the rest. They will make sure that the customs form is fill out correctly, and that all fee’s have been paid. Here’s the best part, eBay provides tracking so we can make sure that the item arrived safely. Also, if the package is lost during the shipment, it doesn’t fall on us eBay sellers.
Does this sound to good to be true? Well, maybe it is. The program limits the countries you can ship to, and they restrict a bunch of categories. To view the list of restricted countries and categories click HERE.
So do you want to opt in? Here are the instructions:
Click My eBay at the top of most eBay pages. You may need to sign in.
Place your pointer over the Account tab, and then click Site Preferences.
Click the Show link to the right of the Shipping Preferencessection.
Click the first Edit link in the Offer the Global Shipping Program section.
Click the Join now button.
Review the terms and conditions, and then click the Close button.
Click the List an item button.
Lastly, eBay has put together an easy step by step process that will show you how to list an item with using the Global Shipping Program:
“ On the Create your listing page, enter details about the item you’re selling.
If you know the where the item was manufactured, select a country from the Country of manufacture drop-down menu. Providing this information helps us accurately estimate any import charges and speeds up customs clearance.
Scroll to the International shipping section, and then select theGlobal Shipping Program check box.Note: If you’re unable to select the Global Shipping Program check box, the listing category is not supported by the Global Shipping Program.
If you want to provide other shipping options to international buyers, specify additional shipping options in the Additional international shipping options section. You can specify up to 4 additional international shipping options.
Note: If you accept returns and your return policy specifies that the cost of return shipping will be paid by the seller, you’ll be responsible for all costs associated with shipping the item back to you.
Complete your listing, and then click the List your item button.”
So what do you think? Does this easy your international shipping worries? Or if you are already an international shipper, will this help you? Let us know in the comment section below.