International Shipping 301: The Extras

If you frequently ship internationally and would like both tactical and strategic ideas for saving time and money and growing your international business, we can help you make the most of your experience.

Simplify Shipping

Did you know FedEx can simplify your international shipping?

  • Submit your customs documentation electronically with FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents and save time and money.
  • Better manage the documentation process with Product Profiles, which lets you create, store and edit information on up to 500 commodities.

Take Advantage of Provisions

Can you take advantage of the following international provisions?

  • Many countries and economies allow unsolicited gifts under a certain value to enter the country duty-free.
  • Many countries allow tax relief for items that are temporarily imported.
  • Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ):
    areas in which goods can be landed, handled and re-exported freely without tariffs being applied — make international trade easier and more cost-effective.

What's your products potential?

What's your product's potential in a new international market?

Plan your market entry the right way, before your first export, by using U.S. Commercial Service Market Research to learn your product's potential in a given market, the best prospects for success and the market's business practices.

Are you eligible for savings opportunities?

FedEx Earned Discount Program: The more you ship, the more you save.

FedEx Amex OPEN: Use your American Express OPEN® Card and receive an additional 5% discount on FedEx International Priority® shipments.

FedEx Great Rates Hotline: Call the FedEx Great Rates Hotline at 1.877.463.7408 to receive last-minute savings on your next international shipment.

Savings opportunities
ShowPhone, Email and Online Resources
Tap into these great resources for international shipping support and assistance.

For general export assistance:  U.S. Commercial Service
1-800-USA-TRADE (872-8723)

For specialized industry and export assistance: U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialist

For export and import statistics and regulations: U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade

To access export trade videos: U.S. Census Bureau

For international shipping assistance: FedEx Customer Service
1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339, say "international services"

Seek regulatory assistance FedEx International Regulatory Consulting