International Mail Announcements — May 27th

May 27th, 2020 Comments off

The USPS has received communications from four international postal services regarding new service interruptions. For more information about service alterations due to coronavirus visit the Stamps.com Cornavirus Updates Page.

Honduras
Empresa de Correos de Honduras (Honducor) has extended the suspension of all postal services until May 31, 2020—this date may be subject to change.

Peru
Servicios Postales del Perú has announced that the suspension of all postal services has been extended until further notice.

Slovenia
Slovenia, Pošta Slovenije, has announced that postal services are now gradually returning to normal. Outbound mail service will resume based on the availability of flights and transport capacity.

Spain
Correos y Telégrafos has advised that the Spanish Government has extended the state of alert until at least June 7, 2020. As a result, the alterations to postal services will remain in effect.

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New Tax ID Requirements for Shipping to Brazil

December 23rd, 2019 Comments off

Beginning January 1, 2020, all shipments to Brazil must include the recipient’s Tax ID number on both the customs declarations and shipping labels. Brazil is implementing this new requirement to help ensure taxes are collected from resellers who purchase U.S. goods and resell them within Brazil at a profit. If you are selling to customers in Brazil it is essential that you collect their Tax ID at the time of sell—shipments missing the recipient’s Tax ID will be subject to return, or even disposal, by Brazilian Customs.

Shipping and Customs Requirements

Regardless of mail class, the recipient’s Tax ID must be visible on the shipping label and declared within the appropriate customs form. There are several Tax IDs that can be used when shipping to Brazil, including:

  • CPF – Individual Tax ID (format: 000.000.000-00)
  • CNPJ – Business Tax ID (format: 00.000.000/0000-00)
  • Passport Number

Shipping to Brazil with Stamps.com Online

If you are a Stamps.com customer, adding a Tax ID to your Brazilian shipment is simple. Typically when shipping to an individual in Brazil, the company field is left blank:

You can use this field to enter your recipient’s Tax ID. We recommend using the prefix “CPF-” to indicate that you are using an Individual Tax ID.

If you are shipping to a business, enter the customer’s Business Tax ID, followed by a slash and their business name.

Shipping to Brazil with Stamps.com Windows Software

If you use the Stamps.com Windows software the process of adding a Tax ID to your shipment is just as easy. Within the International Tab of the software simply include the recipient’s Tax ID in the Delivery Address field under the recipient’s name.

For Individual Tax IDs use the format “CPF-” followed by the ID number:

For Businesses enter the customer’s Business Tax ID, followed by a slash and their business name:

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USPS International Shipping Rates for 2020

October 23rd, 2019 Comments off

The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 26, 2020, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). In our earlier analysis, we showcased the 2020 postage rate increase for domestic letters and packages. This analysis highlights the 2019 USPS rate increase for INTERNATIONAL shipping services.

First Class Package International Service - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Countries Including:CanadaMexicoAustralia, Japan, ChinaRussia, Turkey, CzechUK, Germany, France
4 lbs.$10.69$4.03$13.78$3.56$0.71
Country Group12345
1 lb.$3.32$0.23$4.03$1.43$0.48
2 lbs.$3.32$0.23$4.03$1.43$0.48
3 lbs.$5.46$0.24$7.60$3.57$1.42
INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Countries Including:India, Taiwan, SingaporeSouth Africa, TanzaniaEgypt, QatarBrazil, Peru, Argentina
Country Group6789
1 lb.$0.95$2.14$2.62$0.95
2 lbs.$0.95$2.14$2.62$0.95
3 lbs.$1.67$3.33$5.47$1.90
4 lbs.$0.24$3.56$7.60$0.71

First-Class Package International Service™ – The overall increase for First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS) prices will be 9.9%.

  • Delivery to Canada (Country Group 1) is seeing a large rate increase.  A FCPIS 1 lb. package to Canada is increasing by $3.32 to $19.71 from $16.39 in 2019. A FCPIS 3 lb. package to Canada is increasing by $5.46 to $30.40 from $24.94 in 2019.
  • Delivery to Australia/Asia (Country Group 3) will also see a large rate increase. A 1 lb. package to Australia/Asia is increasing by $4.03 to 26.36 from 22.33 in 2019. A 3 lb. package to Australia/Asia is increasing by $7.60, to $40.85 from $33.25 in 2019.

Priority Mail International CANADA - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$34.53$32.59$1.94
2 lbs.$37.34$35.20$2.14
3 lbs.$40.09$37.81$2.28
4 lbs.$42.85$40.42$2.43
5 lbs.$45.60$43.04$2.56

Priority Mail International UK - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$53.34$49.97$3.37
2 lbs.$58.09$54.39$3.70
3 lbs.$62.80$58.81$3.99
4 lbs.$67.55$63.22$4.33
5 lbs.$72.30$67.64$4.66

Priority Mail International AUSTRALIA - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
5 lbs.$70.30$66.12$4.18
1 lb.$51.40$48.07$3.33
2 lbs.$56.15$52.58$3.57
3 lbs.$60.85$57.10$3.75
4 lbs.$65.60$61.61$3.99
  • Priority Mail International rates will be increasing by an average of 6.0% in 2019.
  • The average increase of a Priority Mail International 1 lb. package will be $2.85.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Canada are seeing an increase of 5.6% for a 1 lb. package, to $35.53 from $33.54 (Zone 1.3) in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to the UK are seeing a 6.3% increase for 1 lb. package, to $53.34 from $49.97 in 2019.   
  • Priority Mail International packages to Australia are seeing a 6.5% increase for a 1 lb. package, to $51.40 from $48.07 in 2019.

Priority Mail Express International CANADA

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$46.82$45.90$0.92
2 lbs.$51.81$50.78$1.03
3 lbs.$56.80$55.67$1.13
4 lbs.$61.79$60.57$1.22
5 lbs.$66.78$65.46$1.32

Priority Mail Express International UK

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$65.31$64.07$1.24
2 lbs.$69.68$68.37$1.31
3 lbs.$74.06$72.66$1.40
4 lbs.$78.45$76.97$1.48
5 lbs.$82.83$81.27$1.56

Priority Mail Express International AUSTRALIA

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$68.83$67.53$1.30
2 lbs.$75.12$73.70$1.42
3 lbs.$81.42$79.88$1.54
4 lbs.$87.72$86.06$1.66
5 lbs.$94.00$92.23$1.77
  • Priority Mail Express International rates will be increasing by an average of 2.0% in 2019
  • The average increase of a Priority Mail Express International 1 lb. package is increasing by $2.48.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Canada are seeing an increase of 2.0% for a 1 lb. package, to $46.82 from $45.90 in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to the UK are seeing an increase of 1.9% for a 1 lb. package, to $65.31 from $64.07 in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Australia are seeing an increase of 1.9% for a 1 lb. package, to $68.83 from $67.53 in 2019.

GlobalPost: The Answer For Possible USPS International Shipping Disruptions

September 13th, 2019 Comments off


Nervous about the U.S. leaving the Universal Postal Union in October? Wondering how you’ll make your international deliveries for the holidays?

Don’t worry, Stamps.com has international shipping options for online retailers of all sizes. Our new GlobalPost international shipping services leverages partnerships with international postal operators as well as commercial carriers to offer worldwide delivery.

These international services are not reliant on U.S. relationships with the UPU and will ensure that businesses can continue to ship internationally without disruption, while still receiving similar transit times, customs clearances and competitive rates!

 Economy InternationalStandard International
Weight Limit per package4.4 lbs.Varies by country
Countries ServedOver 20036
Package TypesFlats up to 16 oz.
Packages up to 4.4 lbs.
Packages up to 66 lbs.
Transit TimeVaries6-10 days
TrackingDoor-to-CountryDoor-to-Door
Max Value of Goods$400$400
Free CoverageUp to $100 against loss or damage, plus shipping costsUp to $100 against loss or damage, plus shipping costs
Duties & TaxesPaid by recipientPaid by recipient

GlobalPost services reach over 200 countries and territories and includes features not found in traditional international postal services, including:

  • Global Address Verification: Improve deliverability with real-time address verification
  • No Customs Forms: Send Customs electronically – no forms to print
  • Ship Merchandise in Flats: Save money with international flats/large envelopes
  • Instant Refunds: No more tracking refund requests that can take up to 2 weeks
  • Free Pick-Up Service: Schedule pick-ups when it’s convenient for you (select markets only)
  • Parcel Coverage: $100 Included

Avoid disruptions and uncertainty in your global shipping – sign-up for GlobalPost today! Visit GoGlobalPost.com or call 1-888-899-1255

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USPS International Shipping Restrictions

April 15th, 2019 Comments off

Seasoned e-commerce shippers are typically familiar with USPS restrictions for domestic items, but many are unaware of the additional restrictions for international items. Every country has restrictions as to what goods are allowed into their borders. Often times these restrictions are based on cultural or religious beliefs for the local community.  Other times, the restrictions are enacted to protect local industry. In this article, we will look at USPS international shipping restrictions on common goods, as well as some odd prohibitions you might not have thought of.

 

Common Prohibited International Items  

  • Aerosols
  • Air Bags
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Ammunition
  • Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco*
  • Dry Ice (even for refrigeration)
  • Flammable Paint
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Gasoline
  • Nail Polish
  • Perfumes containing alcohol
  • Poison

*Cigars may be shipped internationally unless prohibited by the destination country

 

Odd Prohibited Items from Select Countries

Canada

Wine, pens valued over $5

China

Used clothing

Germany

Playing cards

Ireland

Straw hats

Italy

Clocks, shoes, non-wood toys

Mexico

Jewelry

Norway

Pharmaceutical products of any kind

Peru

Used Tires

Turkey

Cosmetic products

 

Shipping Internationally with Stamps.com

Stamps.com makes international shipping easy. In addition to automated customs forms and discounts to all international mail classes, Stamps.com simplifies shipping restrictions with real-time restrictions on the “International” tab for all countries the USPS delivers to.

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