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How to Handle Shipping for Your Etsy Shop

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When it comes to shopping on Etsy, the process doesn't end with the customer paying for their orders. Just like any other online shop owner, you have the added responsibility of delivering each customer's ordered products. Shipping is one of the most important responsibilities of online shop owners.

This is why it's vital that you create sound shipping policies for your shop. The idea may sound a bit daunting, especially for first-time Etsy shop owners. To help you come up with shipping policies that work for your shop, here are some handy tips.

1. Choose your carrier wisely. As an Etsy shop owner, you'll be solely responsible for handling shipping and order fulfillment for customers. This means that you'll be able to use a carrier of your choice. If you'll be shipping from the US, you have the option of shipping through carriers such as USPS, UPS, or FedEx. Don't forget to do your research and compare the services offered by each carrier. Picking the right carrier may mean the difference between prompt and delayed order delivery.

2. Don't forget to research about shipping restrictions that a particular area or region may have. For instance, if you ship from Australia, you can be prohibited from sending precious stones via some carriers. In the UK, sharp instruments have to be properly wrapped and protected before these can be shipped. Knowing about these restrictions can help you choose the services and carriers that can best match your shipping needs.

3. Create some shipping profiles for your Etsy shop. Each shipping profile contains specific shipping details, so you can easily create a shipping profile for items that have similar shipping information. This can prove to be a convenience when you're creating a batch of item listings for your shop.

4. International orders usually go through the destination country's customs department. To make it easy for the buyer, make sure you include the necessary custom forms with the order. Make sure to provide accurate, thorough information when filling out the forms; this will make it easier for the order to get through customs and be on its way to the customer.

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