Top Three Solutions for Purchasing and Shipping US Products Abroad

As access to the Internet is improving and expanding exponentially around the world, more and more people are discovering the benefits of shopping online. Specifically, consumers around the globe are interested in purchasing U.S. products online and shipping internationally because they have access to a wider selection of products, better pricing, and overall, the merchandise is higher in quality.

Why are U.S. products in such demand even though many products in the U.S. are actually made in China? It’s simple. Products sold in the U.S. must meet strict regulations and manufacturing standards, whereas the same product sold in other countries, which are also shipped from China, may be of lesser quality because they don’t have to meet the same quality criteria.

Soft Nations is looking to provide solutions that will allow international eCommerce consumers to purchase products from the U.S. and have them shipped to their doorstep. The cost of international shipping, however, is often a barrier for consumers in some countries. For instance, Africa is one of the most expensive places in the world to ship to from the U.S., yet the one billion people who live on the continent are chomping at the bit to be recognized as top consumers of U.S. products. There is an obvious gap between desire to shop online and services available to underserved populations.

The top three solutions for purchasing and shipping U.S. products abroad without breaking the bank:

1. Find U.S. online shopping outlets that will ship internationally. These are a little hard to find, but sites like Soft Nations, whose primary goal is to provide goods to underserved populations is a good start. Most online shopping outlets do require the ability to pay with a credit card or PayPal account, however.

2. Sign up for a membership to MyUS.com. As a part of their membership fee, they will provide you with a U.S. shipping address so when you order from an online merchant who typically won’t ship to your location, you can have the products shipped to your U.S. address. MyUS.com will they repackage your items to a more compact and efficient shipping container and will ship the products to your doorstep at their pre-negotiated rate with DHL. Again, with this method, the consumer will need to have a credit card or PayPal account.

3. Use the Soft Nations customized shopping and shipping service. If you don’t have access to a credit card and the online merchant won’t ship to your location, you can contact a personal customer service representative who will work with you to arrive at an online shopping solution. We can accept payment through multiple methods than many online merchants won’t consider. We can also arrange to have the product went to us and we’ll ship the product to you at the price we negotiate with DHL.