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Comparing Shipping Rates can Save Time

Published on November 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

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As an Etsy retailer, I have had a lot of concerns with international shipping. And, to be honest, it can be very difficult to gauge what your shipment fee needs to be when you are letting buyers know the rates before they order. After all, I’m not a post office or a professional in the shipping industry. But, if you are wrong on the shipment cost, you can either lose the customer by charging excessively, or put yourself in the red if you have charged too low of an amount.

 

So how can you get ahead of the game and know what you really should be charging with international shipping? Well, there are a few ways to go about it. But the easiest thing that I have found is websites that will compare the shipping costs for you so you can know which shipping company will be cheapest for the country you are sending to as well as do it in a reasonable and timely manner.

 

By using a comparison site, you know that the package will be sent correctly. There is a lot to consider and those sites actually lay it all out for you. I have had the best luck with Shipbrain.com. With Shipbrain.com, I provide the weight and size of the package, and what country I’m sending it to and the website will actually give me a list of the fastest and best-priced companies I can go with.
If you attempted to calculate all of the shipping companies individually, you would be giving yourself a massive headache. There are so many options even within a single shipping company to take into consideration, it can be overwhelming. Which is the best to ship to Europe? Which company can get a large box to Japan? You would have to do a series of singular searches to try to get the same answer that you will get from a comparison website with just one search.

 

When thinking of using a comparison site, like Shipbrain.com, think of all of the advantages. You save yourself price searching time, which will save you money at work by giving you more time to get your work done in an efficient manner. It could also save you money with customers if you have not been charging the right amount when sending boxes internationally. And, of course, having acomplete list of prices will give you more shipping price options than you would have had if you had done it all manually.

 

Think of entering the same details in over and over again.It is tedious, time-consuming, and can seriously put you in a bad mood. If you only have to do it once, you will save yourself a lot of stress and money. Before I discovered this easy tool, I had actually been undercharging on my ship rates and found that I hadn’t charged my customers correctly at all. This put me in a bad place financially. But, I will not have this problem anymore now that I found comparison sites, like Shipbrain.com, are there to help.

Solution to International Mailing

Published on at 1:06 pm

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I don’t know about you, but with the holidays coming up, my brain feels with a sense of dread when I think about mailing packages. The shopping for packages is easy and can be fun, but when it comes to the mailing of packages, I get shipping anxiety. If you are wondering why, then you have never stood in line at the post office trying to send a box out.

 

This is why I started using other shipping services. I liked the reliability that I could get with DHL and FedEx for my international shipments. They have a more reliable tracking service and will pick up the boxes from my house. Yes, the postal service can pick up too, but this does not work if you live too far from where mail was delivered. And, to be frank, FedEx and DHL deliver at a much faster rate.

 

One downside to using a private service is the cost. While the service is better, you have to pay for that service or face the line where time ceases to exist at the post office. But my friends, I have found something to ease my woes. There are websites that can help reduce the shipping rates but still give you the reliability that comes with FedEx.

 

Having struggled for so many years with getting my holiday boxes sent out to my overseas family, I have a solution. The website I have been using is Shipbrain.com. I have calculated my savings over time with them and found that I have been saving 55% off of my international shipping costs since I started using them. For me, this means that I am still taking advantage of reliable shipping but not having to pay the premium price.

 

Sites like Shipbrain.com automatically take the package information you provide, such as the weight and size of the box, and plug it into the shipping companies for you. Then they give you a list of all the companies who can mail the box for you and the best rates. I also will know what the expected transit time is for my packages, in case I need something sent a little faster. Which is good for me, as I have a terrible tendency to wait until the very last minute to mail something then miss the shipment window, making my Christmas gifts routinely late. If I know how fast something can be shipped from the comfortable chair I have by my computer, I will know my package will arrive on time.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re shipping a box to the next town over or around the world, you want to get it done quickly, easily, and at the lowest possible rate. I am so happy I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I am so glad I found Shipbrain.com. Now I can have fun shopping without all the dread of mailing it all later. If you have boxes to send out internationally, I cannot suggest hard enough to look into a website that can break down the prices and shipping speed for you.

Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported or exported into France

Published on September 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm
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When shipping packages or goods from the United States into France, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, France is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into France are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • To determine which one of these two fees is applicable to your shipments, you can follow the following threshold guideline:

  • If a commercial shipment is below €22; no duty and no VAT are collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is between €22 and €150; no duty is collected, but VAT is collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is over €150; both duty and VAT are collected.
  • If you fall in the first bracket, that’s great! You do not have to worry about duties fees. But if you fall under the second bracket it is important to know how these fees are calculated to avoid potential surprises.



    Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the product plus its freight and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into France typically range between 0% and 17%. Products, such as: Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Shoes 16.8%
    Clothing and Apparel 12%
    Food Products 9%
    Car Parts 0%


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the good, plus the shipping cost, the insurance and the duty amount payable. The French standard rate of VAT is 20%. Although, there are super-reduced rates of 5.5% for agricultural and food products and of 2.1% for medicine.



    Examples:
    1) Product: Shirt, value €25
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (25*.20) = €5
    –Total Cost: €30
    ———————–

    2) Product: Mobile Phone, value €300
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (300*.20) = €60
    –Total Cost: €360
    ———————–

    3) Product: Shoes, value €180
    –Duties: (180*.168) = €30.24
    –VAT: (180+30.24)*.20 = €42.05
    –Total Cost: €252.29



    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com

  • French users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States


  • Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported or exported into Spain

    Published on at 3:36 pm
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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Spain, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Spain is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Spain are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • To determine which one of these two fees is applicable to your shipments, you can follow the following threshold guideline:

  • If a commercial shipment is below €22; no duty and no VAT are collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is between €22 and €150; no duty is collected, but VAT is collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is over €150; both duty and VAT are collected.
  • If you fall in the first bracket, that’s great! You do not have to worry about duties or VAT fees. But if you fall under the second or third bracket it is important to know how these fees are calculated to avoid potential surprises.


    Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the product plus its freight and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Spain typically range between 0% and 17%. Products, such as: Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Shoes 8%
    Clothing and Apparel 8%
    Blankets 6.9%
    Laptops accessories 2.7%
    Toys 0%


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the shipment, the insurance cost plus the duty amount payable. The Spanish standard rate of VAT is 21%. Although, there are reduced rates of 10% for health products and 4% for goods considered as basic necessities, such as food and reading material.



    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products. Additional customs fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.



    Examples:
    1) Product: Laptop Case, value €15
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: 0
    –Total Cost: €15
    ———————–

    2) Product: Shoes, value €120
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (120*.21) = €25.20
    –Total Cost: €145.20
    ———————–

    3) Product: Blanket, value €250
    –Duties: (250*.069) = €17.25
    –VAT: (250+17.25)*.21 = €56.12
    –Total Cost: €323.37


    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com

  • Spanish users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States


  • Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into Australia

    Published on at 3:34 pm
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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Australia, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and the taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Australia is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Australia are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties
  • 2) Taxes (called GST: Goods and Services Tax)
  • 3) Import Processing Charge



  • Duties

    Import duties in Australia are exclusively based on the value of the imported goods.

    All imports with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from duties.

    The Duty rates typically range between 0% and 10%, with an average duty rate of 5%. Some goods like laptops and other electronic devices are not subject to duty.

    The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Musical Instruments 5%
    Clothing and Apparel 5%
    Food Products 5%



    Taxes (GST:Goods and Services Tax)

    All shipments with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from taxes (GST).

    For shipments valued above AU$ 1000 the standard rate of GST is 10% of the combined value of the goods, duties, freight and insurance.

    Some goods imported into Australia, such as basic food, certain medical aids and appliances, cars for use by certain people with disabilities and precious metals qualify for certain customs duty concessions, are exempt from GST.

    Import Processing Charge

    All shipments with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from Import Processing Charges.The Import processing charge fee depends on the mode of entry and the type of import declaration. The charges are as follows:


    Description

    FOB value between A$1,000 and 10,000:

    FOB value greater than A$10,000

    By air or post (electronic import declaration) AU$40.20
    By sea (electronic import declaration) AU$50.00
    By air or post (documentary import declaration) A$48.85
    By sea (documentary import declaration) A$65.75
    By air or post (electronic/documentary import declaration) A$122.10
    By sea and an (electronic/documentary import declaration) A$152.60



    Other taxes and customs fees
    A Wine Equalisation Tax or WET of 29%, is payable on wines and other alcoholic beverages, as well as a Luxury Car Tax or LCT which is a 33% on certain motor vehicles with a value above a specified threshold.



    Examples:

    1) Product: Jacket, value AU$200 ($147.19)
    –Duties: AU$ 0
    –GST: AU$ 0
    – Import Processing Charge: AU$ 0
    – Total Cost: AU$200 ($147.19)

    ————–

    2) Product: Mobile Phone, value AU$1500.00 ($1 103.93)
    –Duties: AU$ 0
    –GST: (1200*.10) = AU$150.00 ($110.39)
    – Import Processing Charge: AU$48.85 ($35.95)
    – Total Cost: AU$1698.85 ($1 250.86)

    ————–

    3) Product: Chocolates value AU$1200.00 ($883.14)
    -Duties: (1200*.05) = AU$60.00 ($44.16)
    -GST: (1200+60)*.10 = AU$126.00 ($92.72)
    -Import Processing Charge: AU$48.85 ($35.95)
    -Total Cost: AU$1434.85 ($1055.98)

    ————–



    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com.

  • Australia users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States.


  • *AUD: Australian dollar
    *Exchange rate used: AUD 1 = 0.73595 USD

    How to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into GERMANY

    Published on at 3:14 pm
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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Germany, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Germany is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Germany are required to pay for:



  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • To determine which one of these two fees is applicable to your shipments, you can follow the following threshold guideline:

  • If a commercial shipment is below 22 Euros; no duty and no VAT are collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is between 22 Euros and 150 Euros; no duty is collected, but VAT is collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is over 150 Euros; both duty and VAT are collected.


  • If you fall in the first bracket, that’s great! You do not have to worry about Duties or VAT fees. But if you fall under the second or third bracket it is important to know how these fees are calculated to avoid potential surprises.


    Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the shipment plus the cost of the insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Germany typically range between 0% and 17%. Products, such as: Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. Other products such as: Clothing and apparels, shoes have a Duty rate of 8%. The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:


    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Shoes 8%
    Clothing and Apparel 8%
    Toys 0%


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the shipment, the insurance cost plus the duty amount payable. The German standard rate of VAT is 19%. Although, there is a reduced rate of 7% for certain goods such as food products and books. Goods exempt from the VAT include health-care, education, insurance, newspaper or periodical subscriptions.


    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products, coffee, and hydrocarbon oils.


    Examples:

    1) Product: book, value 20 Euros:
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: 0
    ———————–


    2) Product: Computer, value 75 Euros:
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (75*.19) = 14.25 Euros
    ———————–

    3) Product: Shoes, value 160 Euros:
    –Duties: (160 *.08)=12.8 Euros
    –VAT: (160 + 12.8)*.19 = 32.83 Euros
    ————————


    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com
  • German users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States
  • How to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into SWITZERLAND

    Published on August 7, 2015 at 10:29 pm

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Switzerland, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Switzerland is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Switzerland are required to pay for:


  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)
  • According to the Swiss Customs Administration, there are two general steps to find out whether or not you will have to pay duty and VAT and how much you will have to pay:

  • 1st Step: Does the total value of all goods exceed CHF 300 ($310.21)?
  • --> YES: Liable to VAT
    --> NO: Exempt from VAT

    The VAT rate is based on the value of the shipment, the insurance cost plus the duty amount payable. The Swiss standard rate of VAT is 8%. Although, there is a reduced rate of 2.5% for certain goods such as food products and books.

  • 2nd Step: Does the amount exceed
  • A) 1 kg meat and meat products, with the exception of game?

    B) 1 kg/l butter or cream?

    C) 5 kg/l oil, fats or margarine for human consumption?

    D) 5 l alcoholic beverages of up to 18% vol.?

    E) 1 l alcoholic beverages by volume of more than 18% vol.?

    F) 250 units/g cigarettes/cigars?

    G) 250 units/g other tobacco products?



    --> YES: Dutiable. Customs duty is levied on excess quantities

    A) CHF 17 ($17.58) per Kg

    B) CHF 16 ($16.54) per Kg/l

    C) CHF 2 ($2.07) per Kg/l

    D) CHF 2 ($2.07) per l

    E) CHF 15 ($15.51) per l

    F) CHF 0.25 ($0.26) per unit

    G) CHF 0.10 ($0.10) per g



    --> NO: Duty Free


    Here is a diagram that describes the process
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    swithzerland duties and taxes


    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products


    Examples:

    1) Product: Dress, value CHF 20 ($20.61)
    --Duties: 0
    --VAT: 0
    --Total Cost: CHF 20 ($20.61)
    -----------------------


    2) Product: Computer, value CHF 700 ($723.82)
    --Duties: 0
    --VAT: (700*.08) = 56 ($57.71)
    --Total Cost: CHF 756 ($779.06)
    -----------------------


    3) Product: 2 Kg of Butter, Value CHF 50 ($51.70)
    --Duties: (16*2) = CHF 32 ($32.98)
    --VAT: 0
    --Total Cost: CHF 82 ($84.50)
    ---------------------

    Additional Tips:

  • Discounted shipping rates of up to 60% can be obtained via www.shipbrain.com.

  • Swiss users can take advantage of services such as www.USAaddress.com to buy or import commodities from the United States.


  • *Harmonized System (HS): is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers which the Swiss customs uses for the tariff and classification of goods subject to Duty.
    *CHF: Swiss Franc
    *Exchange rate used: CHF 1 = 1.03 USD

    The best way to ship products Internationally

    Published on August 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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    The internet has truly changed the whole world and the way in which we communicate with each other. This became an even more important leap when items started to be sold online and people no longer had to go to a store to browse around for the kind of items that they wanted. This truly revolutionized the way that things work and now there are thousands of people all over the world who purchase a very large percentage of their items from the internet. This has allowed many individuals to start their own business by importing items from all kinds of places too. Thanks to these technological advances it’s much easier to shop for things now, but this also brings some complications that cost people a lot of time and effort.

     

    The biggest problem is to be able to know the kind of international shipping rates and restrictions of each country and also the specific set of rules of purchase between two countries in particular. Being able to know this kind of information is going to be extremely useful for you and you will be able to save a lot of money.

     

     

    There is no question that if you can have proper knowledge of international shipping costs, international freight and ocean freight, you will be able to make much better purchases and your savings will truly be substantial. This is the reason why services like shipbrain.com have been created. You can go into that website and enter your city, the city of destination, the cargo, the weight and number of products and you will get a full report of the expenses that you should be estimating. This calculator can be used for all kinds of services such as FedEx, USPS, and usadress. It will allow you to have total control of the kind of expenses you will have to deal with when you make a purchase and that is why this is such a valuable service. You can compare international shipping rates, shipping services and local shipping rates as well. This is the kind of power that was only achieved with many calls, emails and inquiries of all sorts in the past.

     

     

    That is no longer required thanks to services like shipbrain.com.  The best thing is that this calculator is free to use and very intuitive and simple to understand.  That is why so many people have found it to be a blessing and this is especially true for anyone who ships products all the time. There are many reasons why shipping rates fluctuate between different countries but the important thing to take into consideration is that they will also be subject to the store or shipping service you decide to use. That is why it’s always a good idea to do a good amount of research, but with this online shipping calculator is going to be much easier for you. There will be no need to waste hours looking for the best rates on a certain shipment and this is why the calculator has become so popular for thousands of people all over the world.

     

    Just remember to always shop online on the best and most reliable stores and this is going to make it much easier for you to get the best deals and always get the proper products to be delivered to you without any issues. The best way to shop online is to be properly informed of all the things that are related to the process and this way you can make the best decision without a doubt.

    Shipping Comparison Calculator Allows People To Greatly Reduce Shipping Costs

    Published on August 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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    The modern world cannot imagine living without international shipping services, which often consist of complex maneuvers. People from every part of the globe are searching for quality and fast delivery of their goods. The online shopping is becoming more and more popular, leading to more advanced methods and options for international shipping.


    One of the main factors considered by customers who choose a reliable logistics company is comparing international shipping rates that different companies offer. Their shipping rates can vastly vary, which allows users to save hundreds of dollars on shipping, if they choose the right carrier. There are some international shipping comparison websites, like Shipbrain.com, which provide people with a unique shipping comparison calculator, allowing the customers to find the best possible local or international shipping rates for their cargo or merchandise.


    There are multiple advantages of using this kind of shipping comparison calculator. The calculator quickly makes comparison between available logistics company, like usaddress, UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, and more, giving customers the chance to choose the most affordable option and showing the time needed for shipping. This calculator allows people to make great savings on their shopping budget regardless of the country they are shopping from.   In order to use the shipping comparison calculator, people need to complete a very simple and fast procedure that will take less than a minute.


    They need to select the shipment type, whether this is a package or freight, to enter the start and end location, and to note the weight and dimensions of the box. There are possibilities to add as many items as needed in this calculation. Shipping comparison calculator opens great opportunities before people, who often shop abroad and make use of online global marketplaces. This online tool is irreplaceable helper in business as well, providing effective business solutions for all kinds of business sales and bargains. It can be successfully used also by manufacturers, who would like to sell their products around the globe offering both quality shipping services and affordable shipping rates.


    Whether people plan to use air or ground transport, the calculator will show them the best option that will save them money, hassles and time on each shipment they make. Shipbrain.com provides customers with the shipping comparison calculator they need to make their shipping smart by choosing the best shipping option out of many available. This company allows Americans and people all over the world to compare both transit times and international shipping rates, offered by dozens of logistics companies.

    Tips and tricks for the best international shipping experience

    Published on at 12:01 pm

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    E-commerce has grown tremendously in the past few years and sending packages internationally is more than a simple chore nowadays. Numerous businesses rely on package sending, but even normal people tend to sell their stuff internationally, so knowing the best prices to ship internationally is very important.   When you try to ship something internationally, it’s important to check that the package meets all the regulations, otherwise it will be confiscated or returned. Additionally, adding an address label on the package is equally as important, because only this way you can be certain that it will arrive at the desired destination.


    The problem is that each country uses different types of labels, so try to use one that’s easy to recognize in the target country. Moreover, some transportation companies have a weight limit, so it’s crucial to make sure that you find out if there are any at the company you want to use. Overweight package might cost quite a lot to ship, and in some cases they won’t even be delivered.   On top of that, you might want to find the best method to ship your product. Each shipping platform comes with various delivery methods, each one with a certain amount of days. Having a map of shipping zones comes in handy here, in order to easily track the duration of the mail. Of course, another important trick is to find out the perfect type of packaging for the items you are shipping. Each item is shipped in a different manner, so you need to make sure that you find the proper packaging method so your products will be received unharmed.  


    However, once you figure out the shipping details, it’s important to figure out the best shipping service that you can use. Finding the shipping prices for your package can be a tricky thing to do, but this is where Shipbrain.com. This website was specifically created to address this problem, and it allows you to find the shipping costs for your package at different shipping services. Having such information in a single place definitely saves you a lot time and money. This is really helpful if you plan on shipping from the US to other countries often.   Additionally, with it you can compare international shipping rates with complete precision, as the data used by the website, including the shipping rates is grabbed from the shipping services. The supported shipping services are USAaddress, USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL, among others.   Shipbrain.com is a great place for people that want to compare international shipping rates fast and with precision. Its wide support for a large number of shipping services and the fast processing speed makes it the perfect tool for people interested in getting access to this important data as fast as possible.