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eBay UK Expands Global Shipping Program

eBay UK has added three additional countries to its Global Shipping Program. The program allows UK sellers who participate in the program to accept international orders from buyers but only ship domestically to eBay UK’s shipping partner, which takes over from there. The program is also designed to be attractive to international buyers by displaying all the costs to receive their item, including all shipping costs.

The three countries that have been added to the GSP program in the UK are Finland, Poland and Israel.

As eBay explains it, “Starting mid-March 2015, buyers in Finland, Poland and Israel will be able to shop with confidence from UK sellers using the Global Shipping Programme.” Countries already part of the eBay UK GSP program include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.

Here’s how eBay UK explains the program, which is designed to boost cross border trade:

The Global Shipping Programme is an easy way for you to reach millions more buyers with minimal changes to your current processes. The programme is designed for sellers who don’t currently offer international postage on listings. The Global Shipping Programme works by automatically showing international postage costs on your eligible listings to prospective buyers in the above countries at no additional cost to you.

eBay promises sellers who participate in the program that they will receive automatic 5-star rating for postage and packaging charges when they provide free domestic postage to the UK Shipping Centre, and automatic 5-star ratings for postage time if they meet certain conditions. It also promises protection from negative or neutral feedback and DSR ratings lower than 5 stars due to loss or damage to items in international transit, or delayed delivery. “You’re not responsible for loss or damage by third-party carriers once your item is in international transit,” eBay promises.

More information is available on the eBay UK announcement board.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.