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Selling Overseas



This page is mainly aimed at those who are selling their own products but it may be of some use to those who are selling products from dropship suppliers and wholesalers who are not targeting the international market but would like to do so.


Check out governmental agencies that support and finance exporters, including:


Because the internet has no boundaries, it is not difficult to trade to international buyers. Some tips to make your website or auction listings more appealing:

  • Highlight your ability to accept international orders
  • Make sure your website has a multi-language toggle
  • List your products in local currency
  • Offer clear information on shipping, costs, and countries served


Expand your existing marketing stategies to a worldwide marketplace. There are many ways to attract international buyers. Local search tools and direct mail are possible options.


PayPal allows your business to:

  • Accept a wide variety of global payment methods
  • Receive payments worldwide
  • Sell globally with 17 currencies

With PayPal, your business has access to local funding methods worldwide, without the hassle of having to open multiple merchant accounts overseas. With a single PayPal account, you have access to all the worldwide benefits that can grow your business.


For global shipping services, evaluate the shipping carriers servicing your area. The larger shipping companies offer packages and all-in-one solutions. These solutions may include handling, customs and excise documentation, and shipping calculators. For more information on your options, visit DHL International Shipping , FedEx International Shipping , and UPS International Shipping. There are also a number of freight rate comparison services which you can find by using the search bar at the top of this page.

Customer service

Language can be a barrier for international customer service. Most buyers ordering from your site will understand English. Make sure that return policies are clear for international transactions. Skype can help your international customer service with free member-to-member calls. If your company intends to set up a website overseas, it is important to provide customer service in the local language.


Customs and documentation

All shipments must clear customs, the agency that regulates shipments entering a country or region. To help customs officials understand the contents, value, and purpose of your shipment, you must attach customs forms to the outside of your package so that they can be examined easily. Some shipping companies will handle this for you as a service.

As a general rule, you should not declare your package’s contents as a “gift.” It is against the law to misrepresent an item to avoid custom fees.

You can get information on key customs forms at Visit the World Customs Organization at for more information about customs regulations around the world.

Duties and taxes

Duties and taxes may be charged to the buyer on certain items and vary by country. Make sure that your customers are aware that duties and taxes are their responsibility. Some general guidelines:

  • Items less than $200 USD. Buyers should not have trouble importing these items, but check customs rules for possible restrictions that vary by country.
  • Items more than $200 USD. Buyers importing higher-dollar-value items for personal use may have to pay a duty or tax. The amount of the duty, if any, depends on the type of item and its value. Some items can be imported without paying any duty at all.
We hope this information is of some value to those who are selling their own products.

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