Are you an e-merchant looking to expand your business in the US? Following Part 1 on key market insights and sales channels, let’s focus today on how to implement an effective shipping strategy to support your growth there!

What about customs procedures, duties and taxes, and the best solutions for your international shipping in the US? Here you will find all the answers to your questions.

What do you need to ship to the US – FedEx services

Online shoppers in the USA have high standards when it comes to delivery. They know what they want, and that’s to receive their orders quickly. 43% of shoppers in the United States say that enhanced delivery options are the most important factor when making their purchase decision, and 53% won’t purchase a product if they don’t know when it’ll arrive. 

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So we know that a high level of service is important when shipping to the USA. But what rule and procedures need to be followed to make sure your shipment reaches your customer?

There are 3 key considerations that you need to make before shipping to the US:

Custom procedures
Duties and tax
Restrictions on goods

Let’s analyze each of these sections in detail.

Customs procedures

US customs procedures have recently become more convenient for merchants. The value of a shipment imported by one person on one day that generally may be free of duties and taxes, has increased from $200 to $800. That means that shipments priced at or below $800 are now available under the same procedures and restrictions that were previously applied to shipments of $200 or less.

When it comes to border controls it’s always crucial that you follow the correct procedures. All goods must be cleared through customs, so you’ll need a customs invoice for your shipment, which will determine how much you need to pay in tax and duties. FedEx offers customs tools to help you with essentials like preparing shipping documentation and paying taxes, to make it easier and quicker to get your shipment to your customer.

Duties and tax

With international shipments, you have to take into account a duty or a tax from the country you are shipping to. You can decide whether you or your customers have to pay them.

In a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) merchants are responsible for the payments: in many cases these costs are included in the customers’ order price at checkout. If you choose a Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU) be sure to get your customer notified in advance! 

How much duties & taxes do I need to pay? This depends on what you’re shipping. You can find details about rates on the US International Trade Database website. It’s important to note that taxes can be applied by the US government as well as individual states, counties and cities.

Restrictions on goods

There are some restrictions on what you can send into the United States, so make sure that your business isn’t sending any prohibited items. You can find a full list of prohibited and restricted items on the US Customs & Border Protection website. Furthermore, some goods need to meet specific packaging and labelling requirements to be shipped into the USA. You can find further information on the US Small Business Administration site, or use the FedEx Trade Services.

Fedex content resources to navigate these procedures

It all sounds really daunting at first, but remember, millions of shipments get sent to the US every week and if they can do it, why can’t you?! You just need to know how, and FedEx can help.

After decades of moving parcels across borders, the team at FedEx have pulled together some really helpful content to support you make the jump to new markets. Whether you need help writing your first commercial invoice (video here), understanding what documents are needed for customs (article here) or you just want to understand what shipping internationally entails (article here), the team are there to help.

If shipping to the US is high on your agenda, you may also want to check out this article from FedEx, giving you some keys tips on how to ship to the US.

But what are the main FedEx shipping services to the US ? On top of assisting you with the customs procedures, duties and taxes, FedEx has designed a complete range of services to answer all the different shipping needs from one merchant to the other. Read more to find out more.

FedEx international shipping services to the US

FedEx offers several options for shipping to the USA:

FedEx International First®
FedEx International Priority®
FedEx International Economy®

The FedEx International First® and FedEx International Priority® services are perfect for express delivery, as your shipment reaches your customer next day or in two days (with a morning delivery when you opt for International First). FedEx International Economy® is a great option for shipments that are less time-sensitive, as orders will reach their destination in 4-5 days.

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Shipping to the US with FedEx Express and ShippyPro

ShippyPro for your international shipments

ShippyPro allows you to easily manage your international shipments from one easy-to-use portal. Some of the features that will make your life easier when it comes to shipping to the USA are:

  • Track & Trace: This service allows you to send branded email notifications, keeping your customers up-to-date with the status of their order at every step of the way. You’ll control all of your shipments from one dashboard, with ShippyPro controlling the tracking updates for you so you can focus on helping your customer, and they’ll receive automated emails at every touchpoint of the delivery.
  • Easy Return: Remove the logistical stress of international returns with Easy Returns. This API is fully embeddable in your site, offering self-service returns for your customer. You can customise return rules to fit your business needs, and the portal offers you the ability to refuse or accept return requests.

ShippyPro is a complete shipping hub, offering the largest library of integrations so you’re sure to find a carrier to serve you when you’re shipping to the USA. We cover both European and US markets so you can take advantage of ShippyPro features whether you’re selling from Europe to the USA or vice versa. ShippyPro is already in use by merchants who are active in more than 20 countries.

We also offer integrations with a large number of sales channels and marketplaces, including Amazon, Etsy and eBay, so you can choose the ones that best suit your product base and your target audience in the United States.

Shipping to the US with FedEx Express and ShippyPro

Expand in the US with FedEx and ShippyPro

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Ready to start selling in the US across multiple channels? Just follow these steps to get started:

Start using ShippyPro Track & Trace and FedEx Delivery Manager

It’s time to improve your e–commerce with email notifications. Get started with Track & Trace and FedEx Delivery Manager today, and start sending branded shipping notifications! You just need to:


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FedEx + ShippyPro

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