You can’t just pack up a bag of fertilizer and ship it via FedEx or UPS. Fertilizer is a potentially dangerous substance, and is regulated at the state and federal level. Because of this, regulatory concerns must absolutely be addressed before you even think of shipping fertilizer out of the country. But even when you do manage to cut through the red tape, you still need to follow best practices for shipping.
Working Closely With A Shipping Company
Find a shipping company that is capable of handling fertilizers. Some fertilizers contain dangerous substances like ammonium nitrate, which may be an oxidizer. Obviously, this isn’t something you want just sitting around in an ordinary container. You need special containers designed to store these chemicals.
You also need to make the shipper aware of what you’re selling, both for liability and insurance purposes. You may be charged a premium for shipping fertilizer, but you may open yourself up to serious liability if you’re exporting it without proper documentation. That’s because many countries strictly regulate the importation of fertilizers.
Working With A Shipping Company Specializing In Fertilizer
Work with a company that understands how to properly store and ship fertilizer. If you’re not sure how to start making contacts in this industry, consider working with professionals like Alex F Bouri that can help coach and guide you toward shippers competent and experienced in this industry.
While small amounts of fertilizer are routinely shipped via the mail, UPS, or FedEx, there may be a limit to the amount that these companies and organizations will allow in their vehicles and especially on a plane leaving the country.
Comply With All Regulations
It’s perfectly legal to ship fertilizer in the U.S. and Canada via traditional methods, but you normally have to take certain precautions in declaring that you’re shipping fertilizer. Some countries may ban the importation of all fertilizer or a particular kind.
Know where you’re shipping to and what the laws and regulations are before you send the shipment out. For example, let’s say you’re sending a shipment overseas to Nigeria, but the country you’re shipping to doesn’t allow importation of the type of fertilizer you’re selling.
What will happen is that your shipment will be held up in customs – it will ultimately be rejected by the country, and it could either be thrown away or sent back to you (costing you additional money in return shipping fees). Worst of all, your buyer won’t get what he paid for. So, now you have to work out a deal to refund him all of the money he paid. You’re out not only the shipping costs, but the cost for the fertilizer itself. Ouch.
Of course, some countries don’t outright refuse imports. They may charge additional fees, however, to the buyer. Fees that the buyer wasn’t expecting. While this isn’t necessarily your fault, it can reflect badly on you since this is really something you should research before sending out the shipment to your buyer.
Anthony Jensen has worked in the shipping business for years. He enjoys writing to help businesses make the best decisions to fulfill their goals.