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ShipBrain: Quick calculation and comparison of international shipping rates from USA

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E-commerce creates and fuels large trade across the borders of the United States. More and more people choose to achieve their sales online because many shoppers prefer to shop from the comfort of their home. This cross border exchange has generated the need of international shipping services, either for business or personal reasons. However, when selling a product across the border, many concerns are raised, and most of them comes down to the questions: “how much should I pay for the shipping cost?” And, “which one of my shipping options represents an advantage according to my shipping needs?”

In this regard, it is essential to know all rates for the major shipping companies, because each one could offer a  similar service with differences in prices or delivery times. Then, the answers to these questions can be found at ShipBrain.com, a website that provides fast and accurate shipping rates and transit times for the most of the international shipping companies in the USA.  Shipbrain.com, tries to save consumers time and money by calculating and comparing exact prices and transit times. To use this service, the only data you should have on hand are the measures and the estimated weight of your package or packages.

When accessing this website, you will immediately find where to fill in these information. Other important gaps to complete are both country of origin (United States) and destination of the package (s). Another important fact about ShipBrain.com, is that also gives you their own shipping option, with discounted rates that can reach up to 60% off on the shipping price. Thus, when people use ShipBrain.com, they do not waste time and avoid the complications of doing complex mathematical formulas to determine the shipping cost. Besides, ShipBrain.com, handles prices given by the companies involved in this matter, which means that the amounts provided by ShipBrain.com will be the exact amount you will have to pay.

Safe shipments with USAaddress.com

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Buying products from the United States has become a pretty convenient option thanks to the emergence of international forwarding companies such as USAaddress.com, which is acclaimed for its reliability by their customers. People who live outside the USA often think that online shopping represent a big logistical challenge, especially if you do not have anyone in the USA who can receive the packages in your behalf.

Nowadays, being worried about this has definitely no sense, because companies like USAaddress.com are a good choice to access a variety of products that can be purchased from home and without much effort. Using these forwarding services is an advantage not only because they facilitate receiving products in the comfort of our home, but also offer customers the opportunity to control and manage their merchandise from their home country, through a system of monitoring that allows access to essential information on their purchases. This way, customers are able to know data, such as, sender (store in the United States), delivery date, location, condition of packing, weight and dimensions, as well as a quite good resolution photo.

In the particular case of USAaddress.com, an important thing to know is that their customers count with optional services to facilitate the shipping of multiple items at once, thus reducing significantly the shipping cost. Such services include the consolidation of multiple packages into only one box and repack service, to open all package and re-organize their content into smaller boxes. This last process can considerably reduce the dimensional weight because merchants tend to ship items on larger than necessary boxes.

It is important to mention that both consolidation and repack options are completely reliable and the choice of using them depend on the discretion of the customer and the products they have chosen to purchase, which must always respect the framework of international and particular country regulations. There are many more benefits offered by international shipping companies such as USAaddress.com when deciding online shopping from an USA store.

How to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into Mexico

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When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Mexico, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Mexico is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Mexico are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) DTA (Customs Processing Fee)
  • 3) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the goods plus shipping cost and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Mexico range between 0% and 140.4%, with the typical average duty rate at 13.97%. Products, such as: Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. Besides, depending on the country of manufacture some goods may be subject to additional duties.

    The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Musical Instruments 0%
    Clothes 25%
    Books 5%
    Foods and Drinks 20%
    Toys 15%



    DTA
    DTA or Customs Processing Fee is applied to all imports at a rate of 0.8% of the sum of the total value and duty.


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the goods plus shipping cost, insurance and duty amount payable. The Mexican standard rate of VAT is 16%. Although, certain goods, such as drink and food products are VAT free.


    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products at rates between 25% and 160% on the sum of the total value and duty. Additional customs fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.


    Examples:



    1) Product: Digital Camera, Value: $350
    –Duties = $0
    –DTA: 350*.008 = $2.80
    –VAT: (350+2.80)*.16 = $56,45
    –Total cost: $409,25
    ———————–


    2) Product: Cookies (Food Product) Value: $300
    –Duties (300*.20) = $60
    –DTA: (300+60)*.008 = $2.88
    –VAT = $0
    –Total cost: $362.88
    ————————


    3) Product: Remote Control Car (Toy), Value: $600
    –Duties (600*.15) = $90
    –DTA: (600+90)*.008 = $5.52
    –VAT: (690+5.52)*.16 = $111.28
    –Total cost: $806.80
    ————————



    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com
  • Mexican users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States
  • ShipBrain.com: The New Dawn in International Shipping; Providing Quick Solution to Comparison of Transit Times and Shipping Costs

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    Most online merchants have found that international shipping fees can have a tremendous effect on their bottom line. Due to this fact, knowing which international shipping carrier offers the lowest rates and fastest transit times is very important.

    ShipBrain.com is a free international shipping platform that allows merchants and regular users to quickly compare international shipping rates and transit times for all the major international shipping carriers.  Some of these shipping carriers include TNT, UPS, DHL, FedEx, and USPS.

    ShipBrain.com’s international shipping platform is free and very easy to use. Users have to simply input the recipient’s country/destination and the details of the package or packages on the spaces provided, then click on the “Compare Rates” option.

    ShipBrain.com will quickly obtain the exact shipping rates from all major shipping carriers. The rates provided by ShipBrain.com include the transit times and the total standard price for shipping through each carrier including fuel surcharge fees and remote area location fees.  This accuracy allows you to compare and choose the lowest and cheapest shipping carrier.

    In addition to the TNT, UPS, DHL, FedEx, and USPS rates, ShipBrain.com also offers two reliable shipping options.  These options are ShipBrain International Economy and ShipBrain International Priority.

    Users that choose to ship through either one of these ShipBrain.com options can save up to 60% off on their shipping fees. For instance, the standard rate for FedEx or DHL shipping rate is $89.80; when users choose to ship through ShipBrain.com, the shipping fee will be 60% off.  Users only pay $35.92.

    The benefits of shipping your packages through ShipBrain.com are numerous. First, by choosing ShipBrain.com you can save hundreds of dollars.  Secondly, the ShipBrain.com team has many years of experience in custom regulations and international logistics; this knowledge will contribute to a fast and reliable delivery service.

    The process of shipping through ShipBrain.com is very easy. The process consists of three simple steps: users simply complete the ShipBrain booking process, attach a prepaid label generated by ShipBrain and send their package to ShipBrain’s warehouse.  ShipBrain.com receives the packages and ships them internationally.

    ShipBrain provides the users with quality service and ensures an efficient delivery of their goods to any international destination. ShipBrain.com’s customer service agents are always available to respond quickly to any inquiries.

    These priceless benefits from ShipBrain.com services positions it as one of the cheapest and most reliable shipping options for online merchants, eBay sellers who are interested or already involved in international shipping, and for users who wish to send packages to their family members or friends outside the United States.

    With dozens of international shipping services and hundreds of international destinations, ShipBrain can save consumers time and money by quickly calculating and comparing exact prices and transit times.

    Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported or exported into Spain

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Spain, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Spain is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Spain are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • To determine which one of these two fees is applicable to your shipments, you can follow the following threshold guideline:

  • If a commercial shipment is below €22; no duty and no VAT are collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is between €22 and €150; no duty is collected, but VAT is collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is over €150; both duty and VAT are collected.
  • If you fall in the first bracket, that’s great! You do not have to worry about duties or VAT fees. But if you fall under the second or third bracket it is important to know how duties fees are calculated to avoid potential surprises.


    Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the product plus its freight and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Spain typically range between 0% and 17%. Products, such as: Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Shoes 8%
    Clothing and Apparel 8%
    Blankets 6.9%
    Laptops accessories 2.7%
    Toys 0%


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the shipment, the insurance cost plus the duty amount payable. The Spanish standard rate of VAT is 21%. Although, there are reduced rates of 10% for health products and 4% for goods considered as basic necessities, such as food and reading material.



    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products. Additional customs fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.



    Examples:
    1) Product: Laptop Case, value €15
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: 0
    –Total Cost: €15
    ———————–

    2) Product: Shoes, value €120
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (120*.21) = €25.20
    –Total Cost: €145.20
    ———————–

    3) Product: Blanket, value €250
    –Duties: (250*.069) = €17.25
    –VAT: (250+17.25)*.21 = €56.12
    –Total Cost: €323.37


    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com

  • Spanish users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States

  • Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into Australia

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Australia, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and the taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Australia is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Australia are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties
  • 2) Taxes (called GST: Goods and Services Tax)
  • 3) Import Processing Charge



  • Duties

    Import duties in Australia are exclusively based on the value of the imported goods.

    All imports with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from duties.

    The Duty rates typically range between 0% and 10%, with an average duty rate of 5%. Some goods like laptops and other electronic devices are not subject to duty.

    The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Musical Instruments 5%
    Clothing and Apparel 5%
    Food Products 5%



    Taxes (GST:Goods and Services Tax)

    All shipments with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from taxes (GST).

    For shipments valued above AU$ 1000 the standard rate of GST is 10% of the combined value of the goods, duties, freight and insurance.

    Some goods imported into Australia, such as basic food, certain medical aids and appliances, cars for use by certain people with disabilities and precious metals qualify for certain customs duty concessions, are exempt from GST.

    Import Processing Charge

    All shipments with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from Import Processing Charges.The Import processing charge fee depends on the mode of entry and the type of import declaration. The charges are as follows:


    Description

    FOB value between A$1,000 and 10,000:

    FOB value greater than A$10,000

    By air or post (electronic import declaration) AU$40.20 -
    By sea (electronic import declaration) AU$50.00 -
    By air or post (documentary import declaration) A$48.85 -
    By sea (documentary import declaration) A$65.75 -
    By air or post (electronic/documentary import declaration) - A$122.10
    By sea and an (electronic/documentary import declaration) - A$152.60



    Other taxes and customs fees
    A Wine Equalisation Tax or WET of 29%, is payable on wines and other alcoholic beverages, as well as a Luxury Car Tax or LCT which is a 33% on certain motor vehicles with a value above a specified threshold.



    Examples:

    1) Product: Jacket, value AU$200 ($147.19)
    –Duties: AU$ 0
    –GST: AU$ 0
    – Import Processing Charge: AU$ 0
    – Total Cost: AU$200 ($147.19)

    ————–

    2) Product: Mobile Phone, value AU$1500.00 ($1 103.93)
    –Duties: AU$ 0
    –GST: (1200*.10) = AU$150.00 ($110.39)
    – Import Processing Charge: AU$48.85 ($35.95)
    – Total Cost: AU$1698.85 ($1 250.86)

    ————–

    3) Product: Chocolates value AU$1200.00 ($883.14)
    -Duties: (1200*.05) = AU$60.00 ($44.16)
    -GST: (1200+60)*.10 = AU$126.00 ($92.72)
    -Import Processing Charge: AU$48.85 ($35.95)
    -Total Cost: AU$1434.85 ($1055.98)

    ————–



    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com.

  • Australia users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States.


  • *AUD: Australian dollar
    *Exchange rate used: AUD 1 = 0.73595 USD

    Why Compare International Shipping Rates

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    International shipping fees are probably the most important factor when it comes to selling goods overseas.

    High international shipping fees can make or break a transactions and may affect your profit margin. If you have been shipping your products thru the same company or service, you could be losing money.

    ShipBrain is an international shipping comparison site that helps consumers and businesses search and compare international shipping prices and transit time. The use of an online based calculator makes this easy. The effectiveness of the online feature is portrayed in its ease of use and dynamic nature of the site’s general feature.

    For more info please visit: www.ShipBrain.com

    SHIPBRAIN.COM an International Shipping Solution

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    Today, international trade is a big part of business’ success. Because of this, it is vital that businesses are capable of getting their goods around the world in a cost-effective manner. The hardest part of this is who to use. What company is the cheapest? Who is the quickest? What companies are the people I’m sending this used to dealing with?

    That is where ShipBrain comes in. This comparison calculator simply asks for a few details about what you’re shipping, where it’s coming from, and where the package(s) are going to. In a matter of seconds, you are paired with a list of shipping companies. Not to worry, ShipBrain allows you to sort via speed, cost, and even lists which ones are the common carriers in the country you are sending your packages to. That way, your customers know who is handling their packages and have confidence that care will be exercised when handling their precious goods.

    It is important to compare international shipping rates, especially for growing or large companies, because if you are working on volume and overspending at the same time, the amount of money you could have saved gets exponentially higher with each sale. ShipBrain.com allows you to compare them all to prevent any of that from happening in the first place. Just like looking for a hotel if you’re going on vacation, you want the best bang for your buck. Our site basically does that, but for boxes! It’s basically a really smart brain that always knows what the best deals in shipping are.

    Because shipping prices are always changing like gas prices, it is vitally important to stay on top of the most affordable and efficient solutions for your company. ShipBrain.com takes care of that and always has the most up-to-date prices for international shipping. This way you always know the information you receive is current and reflects the always-changing prices of shipping companies around the world.

    Reduce your shipping costs and make your business more profitable by lowering your overhead. Shipping is a vital part of any international trade organization and some people don’t do their homework of shopping around for the best deal. Don’t be fooled by others and employ ShipBrain.com into your business to instantly start seeing results instantly.

    Be efficient.

    Be affordable.

    Be ShipBrain.

    International Shipping: how to determine the shipping weight of your package?

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    When it comes to international shipments, you must take into account several aspects before you decide to shop in any store. One of the most important is the weight of the package, meaning the actual and the dimensional weight of the package that is, the space available for cargo inside the plane, boat or truck where you are transporting.  Keep in mind, that this does not apply to domestic shipments; therefore it is very important to learn to determinate the total shipping weight so your purchases in USA will be easier and based on the shipping cost.


    First thing you need to know is the shipping weight will always be determined by the weight itself (Actual weight) or by the package density (Dimensional weight), whichever is greater. Actual weight is the weight of the package using a standard scale rounded to the next full pound. On the other hand Dimensional weight is the calculation used to reflect the package density by multiplying the package dimensions (length * width * height) and divided by our dimensional dimensional factor of 166.

    Be aware that all measures should always be determined in pounds (Actual Weight) and inches (Dimensional Weight). Moreover, a standard scale is always used and the results will be rounded to the next full pound.


    For example, to determine the dimensional weight of a box with the following dimensions:

  • Width = 10″, length = 11″, height = 15″
  • so you must multiply each value 10″ x 11″ x 15″= 1,650 cubic inches. Then, divide it by 166 (Dimensional weight factor). At the end, you have a result of 9.93 lbs which the system will round it to a total of 10 pounds of dimensional weight.


    Why do our customers prefer our services? Simply because all other package forwarding companies use a dimensional factor of 139 oneUSAaddress.com, we use a Factor of 166 instead. Our customers save over 20% on Dimensional Weight which lowers down the price of their shipping.

    Finally, in USAaddress because we care about the comfort of our customers, we have available a shipping cost calculator to make things simple.  You only need to provide weight and dimensions of the package and there you go!

    You will get the shipping price in seconds. To access the calculator go to:

    https://www.USAaddress.com/calculator.php.

    Shipping Comparison Calculator Allows People To Greatly Reduce Shipping Costs

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    The modern world cannot imagine living without international shipping services, which often consist of complex maneuvers. People from every part of the globe are searching for quality and fast delivery of their goods. The online shopping is becoming more and more popular, leading to more advanced methods and options for international shipping.

    One of the main factors considered by customers who choose a reliable logistics company is comparing international shipping rates that different companies offer. Their shipping rates can vastly vary, which allows users to save hundreds of dollars on shipping, if they choose the right carrier. There are some international shipping comparison websites, like Shipbrain.com, which provide people with a unique shipping comparison calculator, allowing the customers to find the best possible local or international shipping rates for their cargo or merchandise.

    There are multiple advantages of using this kind of shipping comparison calculator. The calculator quickly makes comparison between available logistics company, like Oneusaddress, UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, and more, giving customers the chance to choose the most affordable option and showing the time needed for shipping. This calculator allows people to make great savings on their shopping budget regardless of the country they are shopping from.

    In order to use the shipping comparison calculator, people need to complete a very simple and fast procedure that will take less than a minute. They need to select the shipment type, whether this is a package or freight, to enter the start and end location, and to note the weight and dimensions of the box. There are possibilities to add as many items as needed in this calculation.

    Shipping comparison calculator opens great opportunities before people, who often shop abroad and make use of online global marketplaces. This online tool is irreplaceable helper in business as well, providing effective business solutions for all kinds of business sales and bargains. It can be successfully used also by manufacturers, who would like to sell their products around the globe offering both quality shipping services and affordable shipping rates.

    Whether people plan to use air or ground transport, the calculator will show them the best option that will save them money, hassles and time on each shipment they make. Shipbrain.com provides customers with the shipping comparison calculator they need to make their shipping smart by choosing the best shipping option out of many available. This company allows Americans and people all over the world to compare both transit times and international shipping rates, offered by dozens of logistics companies.