When you're shipping a package, overlooking the smallest detail can unfortunately lead to delays. So, before you hand your package over to FedEx, we suggest that you look over this list and make sure that you've got everything covered.
Shipper's Checklist - International
- Check Country and FedEx Shipping Restrictions
Can you ship what you want where you want? Make sure your commodity is acceptable for shipment to the destination country via the FedEx service you've selected.
- Check Required Forms for Completeness and Consistency
Make sure you correctly and consistently complete all necessary forms as discrepancies can cause delays. These forms include a signed International Air Waybill, the primary shipping document for most international shipments. You can fill out international shipping labels online using FedEx Ship Manager.
Other documents you need vary by shipment and may include the Commercial Invoice.
- Check Content Descriptions for Accuracy and Legibility
List separately each commodity that you are shipping and provide a detailed and accurate description of each, including what it's made of and how it will be used. Be specific and consistent in your content descriptions on the Air Waybill, Commercial Invoice and other required documents.
- Check Declared Value for Accuracy
The Declared Value, along with your description of the content, is used to determine duties and taxes. Make sure the Declared Value you enter for customs reflects an accurate value and is the same on the Air Waybill, Commercial Invoice and other required documents.
- Check Contact Information for both Sender and Consignee
Telephone, telex, or fax numbers are often the only way to notify recipients of their shipment. Include telephone, telex or fax numbers for both you as the sender and the consignee on the address labels. Put labels on two sides of the package and include another inside the package.
- Print Legibly
If using a manual Air Waybill, ensure all information is legible on original and copies.
- Package your Shipment Securely
Do not exceed the weight specification of the packaging you're using. Seal packages. Do not ship items loose in cartons. Use fillers for inside protection. For more details on packing your shipment, see FedEx Packaging.
- Purchase Special Insurance for High Value Items
We recommend that you purchase special insurance from your insurance company when shipping your high value items.