Door to Door International Shipping

Posted on 16/11/21

Shipping internationally can be complicated and sometimes confusing. With many obstacles to overcome and hoops to step through along the way. Unlike domestic shipments, international shipping is more involve since every country has its own regulations and laws. Some countries have stricter policies than others and completely prohibit importing certain products. There are many terms used in logistic, for example door to door international shipping, what does it mean to me as a shopper? Let's go through it together to better understand the term.

What is international shipping?

International shipping is a process of importing and exporting goods between different countries via air, ocean or over the road. For shopper, international shipping is the term used to describe a package or parcel delivery or group of parcel deliveries in which the parcel is taken from one store or retailer in one country and delivered to an address in another.

What is door to door international shipping?

A door to door international shipping is a service where the courier driver will pick up your item at the pick-up address in one country and then deliver it to the delivery address in another country. Typically, when your shipment has been created or when it arrives at the destination country, your appointed courier will provide the custom clearance of your goods for importation into the country. The custom clearance is part of the door to door international shipping service. However, local custom charges, for example import tax and duty are excluded. This type of shipping agreement is known as DDU shipping or delivery duty unpaid.

Other than door to door international shipping, what are the options?

There are other options available should you choose to have your goods delivered to a port. If it is shipping by air, then you can request your goods to be delivered to an airport near you. This type of shipping service is known as door-to-port international shipping. For this option, it is necessary for you to appoint a local custom broker to assist you to clear your goods through local custom and make necessary arrange to transport the goods from the airport to your address. This applies to shipping by sea, where your goods will be delivered to a sea port.

How can I do door to door international shipping?

Simple, use a forwarder to reshipper at the location where you're planning to purchase goods and use them to arrange the door to door international shipping. For example, you would like to shop at, you can sign up free at to get a UK address instantly. Use the UK address as the delivery address when you shop at Harrods.

After a few days, Harrods deliver your shopping to ForwardVia's UK address, you will be notified to inform you that they have your package. You can then order shipping by choosing your preferred courier, and ForwardVia will prepare the export paperwork and arrange the door to door international shipping.

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