Anyone can create an international shipping label using a carrier’s website, but you cannot be 100% sure that you have checked the right box or the export documents are accurately completed. Making a mistake in completing your shipping documents can leave you on the hook for a large financial liability., that is why we recommend using the services of an Independent Shipping Center like Neighborhood Parcel, they often have the expertise to complete your shipment document accurately and will shield you from future liability in customs clearance and duty taxes.
No Bait And Switch
Shipping carriers like FedEx, DHL and UPS will love to make you believe that using their website to ship your packages will save you money and often try to lure you in with a discount. Truth be told, once you authorize them to bill your credit card, you will be giving them permission to charge you more! A $35 shipment can turn to be 30 to 60% more, once the carrier takes possession of the parcel, they can adjust weight, dimensions, broker fees, fuel surcharges, residential delivery surcharge, and so on and so forth. Using an Authorized shipping center will allow you to pay as you go, no more hidden charges and if anything should come up later, they will fight it on your behalf or absorb the cost! Don’t take the bait, use an Authorized shipping center and save!
OMG! It is Damaged, now what?
Another advantage of using an Authorized shipping center is that they will do the professional packaging for you, they have the right material and will stand up against the carrier if they damage your package. Using the right packaging will not only safeguard your parcel, it will also save you money in dimensional weight because of the use of the correct size box. If you are a DIY and went directly to FedEx, UPS or DHL to ship, you are on your own and your damage claim is denied automatically because you did not package it properly!
When you hire a local Authorized shipping center, you are supporting a local small business, you are helping your community. Your money is invested in the local economy instead of being sent out of state. These small businesses often are owned by a neighbor, a local family that you can support and they are fully invested in the community. They will often support local charities and give back whenever they can. Neighborhood Parcel supports local charities like Lazarus House, Boys And Girls Clubs, Kiwanis Club, and The Food Bank.