Start With The Basics

Start with the Basics

Start with the Basics

Going global is easy when your international shipping journey starts on the right path.

 

 

Going global is easy when your international shipping journey starts on the right path.

 

 

Gather Your Information

The first step to simplifying international shipping is being prepared.

You will need the following information prior to completing your shipping documentation:

  • Ensure that your items are not restricted or prohibited in the destination country.

  • Choose your shipping service and additional service options.

  • Gather your FedEx account number, shipper’s and recipient’s address, as well as the associated contact information.

Get Your Documents Ready

A consistent and detailed description of your shipment contents on all documents will help reduce customs delays.

A good description must answer the following questions:

  • What is it?

  • How many are there?

  • What is it made from?

  • What is the intended use?

Poor Description (too vague)

Good Description (specific and detailed)

Parts

Two steel springs for woodworking machine.

Gift

One men's knitted sweater (100% cotton) — unsolicited gift.

Samples

200 cm x 400 cm nylon carpet sample for demonstration.

Documents

30 pages of legal documents.

Food

The word FOOD should be the first word in the description followed by a detailed description of the food items. (e.g., FOOD — one can of sliced peaches)

See Commercial Invoice

Provide a good summary of all items. The description on the air waybill should be as detailed as possible.

Determine which international shipping documents you will need to complete based on whether you are shipping a document or non-document shipment.*

Example of Document Shipment

Documents Required

Personal correspondence

Business correspondence

Business contracts

Completed invoices

FedEx Express®

FedEx Express International Air Waybill

 

FedEx Ground®

FedEx Ground Shipping Label

Commercial Invoice

Example of Non-Document Shipment

Documents Required

Parts (computer, machine)

Photographs

Clothing

FedEx Express®

FedEx Express International Air Waybill

Commercial Invoice


FedEx Ground®

FedEx Ground Shipping Label

Commercial Invoice

Helpful Resources

* Minimum documentation required.

† For FedEx International Ground shipments include four copies.