How to Get Cheap International Shipping

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Check different shipping agents for their prices on different types of packages.
Check different shipping agents for their prices on different types of packages. (Image: Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Sending a package overseas can be costly. Finding the best price can take a little time, but is worth it if your package gets there safely, quickly and inexpensively. If you'll be shipping a lot of items internationally, it's important to sort out which shipping agent is going to give you the best service for the least amount of money. Using the tools available by most shipping companies on the Internet can help you sort out prices without ever leaving the house.

Prepare your package for shipment. Make sure the item inside the package is protected adequately, boxed or enclosed in a sturdy envelope and labeled accordingly. If the item is fragile or perishable make sure your package says so.

Weigh your package at home or at a local shipping outlet. Some stores or shipping locations offer weighing services and can help you package your item appropriately for shipping. Find out if there is such a place in your area. If not, you can weigh your item at home on a scale and round up to the nearest pound.

Select a shipping service by going on the Internet and entering the type of package and the weight of the package in each website's online calculator. This will let you know how much it will cost to ship your package before you pay for it. Alternatively, you can go to a shipping retailer and have them weigh your package and sort out which option is cheaper.

Call each shipping service separately and ask them for a quote on how much it will cost to ship your item. Some shipping companies may be cheaper to some countries but more expensive to others depending on how many locations they have in those countries, so it's important to ask and compare.

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