Shipping Small Packages - Federal Maritime Commission - Federal Maritime Commission
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Moving Small Shipments in Boxes or Barrels Overseas

To avoid problems when shipping small packages overseas:

  • Ensure that the company you choose is FMC licensed and bonded.
  • Check with CADRS or the local Better Business Bureau to make sure that the company does not have a history of unresolved complaints.
  • Label new clothing, commercial merchandise, and similar products to avoid customs seizure.
  • Avoid using companies that advise you to misrepresent the value or nature of your goods.
    Ensure that the company you choose company provides you with the following in writing: an itemized list of goods shipped (including the value of the goods); terms and conditions of service; and information on insurance (if any); and any additional costs or fees that might be incurred.
  • Ask the company you choose to provide you an estimate of when your goods will be delivered.