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eBay Officially Announces International Shipping Option

eBay Officially Announces International Shipping Option

eBay officially announced on Thursday a new shipping option called eBay International Standard Delivery, writing that it would be available to all sellers this month.

The program is unlike the eBay Global Shipping Program where buyers are required to pay not only shipping and handling costs, but customs duties, taxes, brokerage, and other fees as well.

The new eBay International Standard Delivery option is “Delivered Duties Unpaid” (DDU) – buyers won’t pay duties and tax at checkout on eBay, but may have to pay the carrier for duties and tax on delivery.

eBay said the program supports shipments to over 210 countries, offers better tracking visibility and includes late delivery protections for standards, service metrics, and feedback.

As we noted in today’s Newsflash article published before eBay issued the official announcement, sellers should read the Terms of Service carefully, as there are size and weight limits, and sellers who use the program may be subject to additional charges.

Read the full announcement on the eBay Announcement Board.

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  1. I looked quickly at the terms and conditions on eBay under the article: Introducing eBay international standard delivery. Too things concern me. The savings is minimal, and I do not trust any offering from eBay with terms and conditions as these listed below (quoted directly from EBay article). I don’t want someone else repacking my shipments, charging me for it, and then shirking responsibility for damage caused by their repacking! And that is just one reason not to use this service. Read below for more.

    Parcels that are inappropriately packaged
    We may not accept items for delivery which in the reasonable opinion of our Carriers are inappropriately packaged. Carriers may, in their sole discretion, decide to repack your Parcel to comply with certain requirements for which you may incur additional charges to cover the price of repackaging. Please note that Carriers are under no obligation to secure the safety of your package nor to carry out any repackaging. By using our Services you acknowledge in these circumstances that additional charges may be levied (see paragraph 9) or that your Parcel may be rejected. We shall not be liable or responsible for any damage caused to Parcels that are inappropriately packaged or are repackaged by Carriers as a result of their being inappropriately packaged.

    Unsafe Parcels
    If we consider that the Parcel has become unsafe and cannot be delivered because it is, or in our reasonable opinion is, likely to be hazardous or harmful, we reserve the right to dispose of the Parcel immediately without advising you of this first.

    Prohibited Items
    Certain items are prohibited and cannot be sent by our Services. Please check your item against the Prohibited Items Lists. We reserve the right to deal with any Prohibited Items at our sole discretion without being liable in any way to you or the recipient of the Parcel containing the Prohibited Item. We have the right to dispose of any Prohibited Items, in whole or in part, as we decide and reserve the right to charge you for any costs incurred in doing so. You agree that you will indemnify us against any losses and/or damage that we may suffer as a consequence.

    Consent to Open and Inspect Parcels
    You consent to the opening and inspection of your Parcel for reasons not limited to the following:

    Item appears to be damaged;
    Random sampling;
    Description needing further investigation; or
    K9 inspection

    Additional Charges
    You may be liable to pay us for additional costs We incur as a result your failure to comply with these Terms. These will vary depending on the circumstances. For example, failed deliveries might incur costs for Parcel return, storage or destruction. You may also incur additional charges if you fail to correctly package an item or provide incorrect weights and dimensions of your Parcel.

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