That's a good question. A few years back when I was playing around with crowdfunding, I had the same question and learned by, well, trial and error!
The first thing to consider here is which carrier will be shipping your product such as USPS, UPS, FedEx, or DHL.
For example, if you're using USPS, they'll have you fill out a customs form at the post office (or online). You can read about that here: https://www.usps.com/international/customs-forms.htm
Do you know which carrier you will be using to ship internationally?
I am trying to determine if my product can be sold and distributed in Canada, United Kingdom,European Union, Puerto Rico, and Australia.
How do I determine if there is a special number, licences, or certification is needed?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much,
How do you determine if your products can be sold and shipped to other countries such as Canada, Australia, UK
With little to go on regarding the specific product you are hoping to ship, here are some rules of thumb you can follow.
HS codes are the common language for international shipping, so this should make your searching much more productive.
You need a custom declaration form to ship to international destinations. Usually there are solutions that can automatically pull in your product and order info and then populate the customs form thereby negating any manual work from your side. Every carrier has a customs form available like UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. You can try the Multi Carrier Shipping label app for this which allows you to generate labels, commercial invoice(customs declaration form), and any other relevant document which you may require for international shipping.
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