Shipping Electronics Internationally | Tips and Guidelines

How to safely ship electronics overseas

Take advantage of our experience in logistics and learn how to ship electronics internationally. Follow our packing tips and find the best courier service for sending electronics abroad. Before shipping electronics internationally, check the regulations to ensure a smooth experience.

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HOW TO PACK

How to pack electronics for shipping by courier

Prepare the necessary materials and follow these simple steps to pack electronic goods for shipping by courier:

  • Put your electronic device in its original packaging.
  • Close the box and seal it with adhesive tape.
  • Wrap the box in bubble wrap to provide an extra layer of protection.
  • Double-box the item. Shipping the device inside two boxes minimises the risk of damage.
  • Add packing peanuts or other packaging materials so that the inner box cannot move.
  • Seal all the sides of the box with tape.
  • Label the box if necessary. You can also apply “Fragile” or “Handle with care” signs.

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SHIPPING REGULATIONS

Regulations on shipping electronics and other lithium battery-powered devices

Shipping electronics internationally by mail or courier is perfectly legal both for private individuals and for authorised resellers if the devices comply with the requirements below.

Items containing attached, non-removable lithium-ion batteries can be sent by all modes of transport, provided they comply with the parameters outlined in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria:

Single-cell batteries: No more than 2 cells, ≤ 20Wh
Multi-cell batteries: No more than 4 cells, ≤ 100Wh

Devices with lithium batteries exceeding the above specifications cannot be transported by air but can be carried by road or over sea. These restrictions do not apply to older devices powered by nickel-cadmium (NiCad) and nickel-metal hybrid (NiMH) batteries.

Batteries of any kind must always be transported and shipped inside the device. All other relevant battery charge and other transport recommendations for every device model can be found in the manufacturer’s product information sheet.

For electronic devices sent abroad by courier between two non-EU member states, a customs declaration will be required. Do not try to lower the value of imported goods, otherwise, the package may be seized by customs officers. Check all the details in advance.

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FAQ on how to ship electronics internationally

Can I mail electronics overseas?
Yes, you can send this type of article by post, but it is highly recommended that you check how to pack electronics to prepare them for shipping. If you send your electronic device internationally, check whether it will undergo a customs clearance procedure. Keep in mind that the battery should travel inside the device. Our guidelines on how to pack electronic goods for shipping by courier are also applicable for electronics delivery by post.
How do I ship electronics internationally safely?
Whether you send electronic devices overseas or across the country, by post or courier, pack your items in their original packaging to guarantee maximum safety. This is the best and safest way of shipping electronics internationally since this packaging was tailor-made to protect your device. Make sure to add enough padding materials and follow our simple guide on how to pack electronics for shipping overseas. Do not forget to create a back-up copy of important data on your electronic device before sending it abroad by courier.
What is the best way to ship electronic devices in bulk internationally?
If you are shipping electronics in bulk across Europe, our Van Delivery Service is ideal as you get a fast and safe transport solution, with no stopovers. While packing is not always required for van shipments, we do recommend protecting your electronics adequately according to our instructions, to minimise the risk of damage during transport.
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Which courier is best to send electronic items abroad?
Almost every courier company will offer international shipping solutions for electronics – as long as they comply with the applicable regulations for your route. UPS and DHL are examples of companies that deliver electronics worldwide.
At Eurosender, we work with logistics providers from all around the world, including UPS and DHL, to make sure you have the best electronics delivery service for your needs. Get a quote with us and book the delivery in less than 5 minutes.
How can I ship electronics overseas without their original packaging?
If you do not have the original box anymore, simply find a resistant cardboard box of adequate size and follow the packing instructions to send your electronic device overseas in the best way:
  • Put the device in a protective case.
  • Fill the cardboard box with cushioning materials such as crumpled paper or packing peanuts. Alternatively, you can use a thick layer of Styrofoam padding.
  • Put the packed device inside the padded box.
  • Close and seal the box. You can add a “Fragile” label.
Should lithium-ion batteries be fully charged before shipping?
No, lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries are highly flammable and if they are exposed to high temperatures they are prone to overheating, which can potentially lead to an explosion. Although this risk is small, lithium-ion batteries should be shipped at a state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated capacity. Read more about shipping items with batteries.
Will my electronic device be insured if I ship it internationally?
Basic insurance will automatically be included to your shipment provided that you comply with the courier's shipping and packing restrictions. For extra protection, we also offer additional insurance options with higher coverage at very low rates.
Always keep the original invoice of the electronic device you are shipping overseas, as it serves as proof of its value. This document will be required by the courier company in case you decide to start a claim procedure for damage or loss.
Please consider that the insurance may not be valid when shipping used or second-hand electronic devices internationally.

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Take these guidelines into consideration when sending electronics overseas by mail or courier. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. If you decide to ship a used or second-hand electronic device internationally, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.