If you are known for making a special product that no one else can make, or if you have access to products that most other businesses can’t get at a reasonable price you can make a lot of money by expanding your gift business to new international markets. Niche market products can be very lucrative, since people who live in countries where access to those products is limited are usually willing to pay increased prices to get the items. The prestige factor of buying a hard to get item from another country is something that many people in other places are very willing to pay for.
Lots of small businesses don’t want to ship internationally because there are special rules and regulations for each country that affect what can and cannot be shipped there. There are also risks to packages that are being sent internationally since it can be hard to track products once they leave the US. Shipping internationally also means that there are various customs forms and other paperwork that needs to be filled out, which can eat up a lot of time. Small business owners usually don’t have a lot of spare time and don’t want to spend the spare time they do have in the post office. Additionally it can be very expensive to ship items outside of the US, depending on the type of shipping method used. International shipping can be a real pain for businesses. But not shipping internationally means leaving a large pool of potential customers untapped.
Gift fulfillment services can take the hassle out of international shipping. Because a gift fulfillment company is used to shipping internationally the staff of the fulfillment center are well trained in how to correctly fill out customs forms and other paperwork. They also know what countries allow certain items and what countries don’t. They can pack your products appropriately for an international journey and track them as far as possible. Because gift fulfillment centers ship thousands of items everyday they can also save you quite a bit of money on international shipping costs. Many of the well known shipping carriers give gift fulfillment companies large discounts on shipping costs because of the huge volume of items that the company ships every day. Even if your business is doing well locally think of how many more customers you could reach if you were able to cheaply and easily ship internationally. Switching to a fulfillment center will help you expand your business and save money at the same time.