International shipping requires even greater planning than national distribution, largely because of the scale of distance to cover, but also because of other factors. This means that there can be more barriers to international shipping to consider, for example:
Tariffs on imported goods
As it stands, UK businesses are not required to pay import tariffs within the EU, however this has the potential to change as Brexit negotiations take place. This is likely to include varying tariffs for different countries depending on the free trade agreements that are negotiated over the next couple of years.
Exporting businesses may have to pay these set tariffs as part of these new arrangements, and the financial implications of this will not be clear until any trade agreements are in place. It is important as a distributor to incorporate these potential costs and ensure that sending goods at an international level is viable to different countries. It may be that some are more financially viable than others, and depending on the demand within the market, this could frame the approach each business takes to international distribution.
Favourability of internal services
Another consideration when branching out to international distribution is that there may be other barriers that come in play. This can include things like internal regulations and product safety and quality standards set differently in different countries. It can also incorporate quotas, restraints and licensing, all of which can restrict importers from the UK.
For example, if the country can supply the same products or services internally, this can not only save them costs, but there may also be a certain preference for this in terms of loyalty as well as to boost their internal economy rather. This is something that UK businesses should bear in mind when exploring which countries to export goods to.
Understanding international distribution
Whilst businesses often have a great understanding of their international market, they may have less expertise in the distribution of goods worldwide. Since tariffs and barriers differ globally, it can be difficult to keep track of changes and ensure that all expectations are met during the shipping process. This is where businesses can benefit from using external, specialist courier and delivery companies with vast experience shipping goods internationally within a range of sectors.
UCS are experienced with international shipping
UCS has already-established delivery routes, contacts and methods within many countries across the globe, meaning that distribution routes are clear and costs can be shared as deliveries are made for different companies at one time. Not only does this mean faster, more efficient deliveries, but greater reliability and assurance that products will reach your international customers in the expected time and condition.
You too could benefit from UCS’ international delivery services and management. Give us a call today on 08448 793229 to find out more.