Ye, however you might want to make sure and wait for someone else here to confirm this as I am not very confident. Better yet, why don't you ask the iPage guys because they can give you help better...
Speak to your Accountant, they are the best source of advice for international shipping as far as Taxation is concerned..
Depending on what your shipping, speak to someone like Fed-EX or TNT about international shipping..
And obviously make sure you have a secure payment process, if fraud comes from abroad it is very difficult to recover. Speak to your payment processor about it...
I sell and ship to the US..
I currently use Royal Mail for small packets and ParcelForce for larger ones..
If you are VAT registered, then you need to set up your store so it doesn't charge VAT to US customers. You are not responsible for US import duties or US tax - the customer is. Basically, I just take the parcel down to the PO, tell them it's going to America and they stick the appropriate stamp on it..
Having previously charged the customer the appropriate amount of shipping of course..
Oh and you need a customs declaration label on the parcel to say what's inside it - also available from the PO free of charge...
Many thanks for the replies..
Can I ask what may seem like a silly question though, JulieCSM? Do you ship to the republic of Ireland and does that work the same way as selling abroad? Or is it easier than that?.
Thanks again though!.
The Republic of Ireland IS counted as abroad, as it is a different country. But Northern Ireland is part of the UK, and UK postage rates apply..
The Royal Mail has details of International shipping rates at their website:.
Basically the world is divided into 3 zones and the shipping rates depend on which zone the country is in..
Ireland and most of Europe is in Zone 1.
America is in Zone 2.
Australia is in Zone 3.
They have a full listing of countries and rates on the site..
When you start using carriers it gets a little more complicated. Rates vary depending on which carrier you use...
FedEx??? It cost a lot!! No idea about UK, but from Japan to Italy 3.5kg over US$220 and vice-versa. Is FedEx cheap in States that everyone use them. DHL is more expensive..
I have added another Zone based shipping module that supports 4 zones - i.e. for UK Royal Mail. Look in the contributions area (Contribution 1874) under "Zone Shiping Rates Update (UK Royal Mail)".
I have not added the weight:price pairs, but this version will allow up to 10 lists of weight:price pairs. This allows for many more pairs than the other versions - as each list can only be up to 255 characters..
I also noted that if you set a max. parcel weight in the shop configuration, and your basket exceeded the parcel weight, then the system divided the basket into multiple packages - and adds up the postage for each. This has two side effects:.
1. The weight is not rounded, so it could be displayed as 1.43333333.
2. The user would not know why the postage is so large..
I therefore added code to format the weight and added text to say how many parcels were used (if greater than one)..
Thank you to Rob Clayburn for correcting my deliberate SQL error!.
I still think that there should be a better way of implementing the shipping modules - as I would like to copy this module to produce other variants, such as a Registered Post variant. But this means copying the php files and tweeking various bits. I would like to just 'install' a variant, without changing the php..
Hi, Can anyone help me? My partner and I have a children's bedding business and at present we only sell in the U.K. We have had a number of queries from the U.S. We now want to start selling and shipping to the U.S. Where can I get help and advice?.
Thanks to anyone who can help..
You need to contact your shipping brokers in the UK, see what it takes to setup an account and what it takes to ship, ask questions on customs, etc...