International Shipping FAQ
Can you ship large or odd-shaped items?2014-02-01T20:03:08-07:00

Yes. Many of our locations are capable of shipping large or odd-shaped items, such as furniture. Large or odd-shaped items often require specialized packaging. We offers custom handling and packaging, from blanket wrap to custom cartons, crating, shrink-wrapping and palletizing. Your neighborhood location can advise you on the best packaging method for your item(s). Contact your neighborhood location to ensure it offers packing and shipping of large or odd-shaped items.


What Is Certificate of Origin CI?2016-10-24T17:48:32-07:00

What is the Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin

[1] (often abbreviated to CO or COO) is a document used in international trade. It traditionally states from what country the shipped goods originate, but “originate” in a CO does not mean the country the goods are shipped from, but the country where their goods are actually made. This raises a definition problem in cases where less than 100% of the raw materials and processes and added value are not all from one country. An often used practice is that if more than 50% of the sales price of the goods originate from one country, that country is acceptable as the country of origin (then the “national content” is more than 50%). In various international agreements, other percentages of national content are acceptable.

When countries unite in trading agreements, they may allow Certificate of Origin to state the trading bloc as origin, rather than the specific country. The document may be informal, i.e. issued for example by the exporter, but often the importing country may require a formal document, often to be confirmed by an official body in the exporting country. In many cases specific formal documents are required, such as for shipments under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or for preferential customs treatment in importing countries for shipments of processed/manufactured goods from less developed countries to developed ones (often referred to as the green CO form “A”, or GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) Form A CO).

The CO is primarily important for classifying the goods in the customs regulations of the importing country, thus defining how much duty shall be paid. But it may also be important for import quota purposes and for statistical purposes, and especially for food shipments, it may also be important for health regulations.

Before concluding a transaction, the exporter and importer should always clarify whether a CO is required, and if so, agree on exactly the form and content of the CO.

A preferential certificate of origin is a document attesting that goods in a particular shipment are of a certain origin under the definitions of a particular bilateral or multilateral free trade agreement (FTA). This certificate is required by a countries customs authority in deciding whether the imports should benefit from preferential treatment in accordance with special trading areas or customs unions such as the European Union or the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or before anti-dumping taxes are enforced.
The definition of “Country of Origin” and “Preferential Origin” are different. The European Union for example generally determines the (non-preferential) origin country by the location of which the last major manufacturing stage took place in the products production (in legal terms: “last substantial transformation”).
Whether a product has preferential origin depends on the rules of any particular FTA being applied, these rules can be value based or tariff shift based. The FTA rules are commonly called “Origin Protocols”.
The Origin Protocols of any given FTA will determine a rule for each manufactured product, based on its HTS (Harmonised Tariff Schedule) code. Each and every rule will provide several options to calculate whether the product has preferential origin or not. Each rule is also accompanied by an exclusion rule that defines in which cases the product cannot obtain preferential status at all.
A typical value based rule might read: raw materials, imported from countries that are not members of this FTA, used in production do not make up for more than 25% of the Ex-Works value of the finished product.
A typical tariff shift rule might read: none of the raw materials, imported from countries that are not members of this FTA, used in production may have the same HTS code as the finished product.

The certificate of origin must be signed by the exporter, and often notarized and then validated by a Chamber of Commerce.[citation needed]

Most chambers of commerce and some trade associations have been authorized by their Customs agencies to certify non-preferential, and in some cases, preferential certificates of origin. Thus, a chambers’ role in the issuance and attestation of Certificates of Origin is both unique and vital in facilitating international trade. International Certificate of Origin Guidelines is the result of 18 months’ work by ICC’s World Chambers Federation (WCF), incorporating the best practice from several national chambers and organizations to produce the first international procedures and guidelines manual for chambers in the issuance of non-preferential certificates of origin.


What Is Commercial Invoice?2016-12-07T12:58:45-07:00

Customers can download Neighborhood Parcel Forms, complete them and return to us via Fax +978-851-0531 Or Call us with any questions at (978)851-0199 International shipments need a Commercial Invoice to show Customs Tax Value, this is a legal document and needs to be signed by customer.

commercial invoice is a document used in foreign trade. It is used as a customs declaration provided by the person or corporation that is exporting an item across international borders.

[1] [2] Although there is no standard format, the document must include a few specific pieces of information such as the parties involved in the shipping transaction, the goods being transported, the country of manufacture, and the Harmonized System codes for those goods. A commercial invoice must also include a statement certifying that the invoice is true, and a signature.

A commercial invoice is primarily used to calculate tariffs.

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Can you pack my item(s)?2023-10-14T10:25:55-07:00

Yes. Our Neighborhood Parcel locations are staffed with packing professionals who take great care in securing your item(s) for shipment. We uphold quality packaging standards for the safe arrival of your item(s).

Neighborhood Parcel is the leading Boston Area Crate packaging service provider. We can help you package your parcel in the correct container to meet all your exports needs. Our Crating service is second to none. Fast and reliable service for all your shipping needs and within your budget. Currently serving Lowell, Boston, Wilmington, Andover, Woburn MA and surrounding areas from MA, NH and RI.

Our value added packaging services will allow you to consolidate your project to one vendor, we can crate, package, ship, prepare export documents for all your packages and into one single invoice.

Should I palletize my boxes or not?2014-02-01T19:44:13-07:00

Palletizing Freight and Shipment

Palletized and shrink-wrapped cargo has much higher probability to reach its destination without damages or loss. The shipping charges may also decrease because in stead of shipping multiple boxes, you will be shipping a single parcel and reducing your fuel surcharges and accessory fees.

Additional charges for palletized cargo may appear:

  •  Cost of pallet and labor
  • A charge due to extra chargeable volume for palletized cargo
  • Lift gate charges may apply if you do not have a loading dock
What are accessorial fees and charges?2016-10-24T17:48:32-07:00

Any additional services required outside of the standard shipping procedure require additional fees from the carrier called accessorials. These include extra services such as: inside pick up, inside delivery, lift gate service, residential delivery etc.

Please indicate any needed services on the quote form and the fees will be included in your quotes. If your shipment ends up needing any of these extra services and you did not indicate so when obtaining your quote, you will be charged for them when our company is charged by the carrier.

Residential fee: Carriers define a business zone as a location that opens and closes to the public at set times every day. If you are a business located in a residential zone, (among personal homes or dwellings) or are shipping to or from a residence, the carrier may charge an additional residential fee. When obtaining quotes through our system, select “residence” for location type and the carrier’s residential fee will be included in your quotes.

Inside Pick up & Inside Delivery fees: If the driver is required to go inside (beyond the front door or loading dock), to pick up or deliver your shipment, instead of remaining at the dock or truck, additional fees will be charged. When obtaining quotes through our system, check off inside pick up and or inside delivery and the carrier’s fee will be included in your quotes.

Lift gate service fee: When the origin or destination location does not have a loading dock, manual loading or unloading is necessary. This requires a lift gate, which is a motorized platform attached to the back of certain trucks that can raise a shipment from the ground up to the truck trailer or vice versa. When obtaining quotes through our system, check off lift gate and the carrier’s lift gate fee will be included in your quotes.

2nd/Duplicated Pick up fee: Any failed delivery attempt will be assessed a minimal fee by the carrier. If your shipment is not ready when the driver comes, it will be dispatched for pick up again the next business day and we may be charged a duplicated pick up fee, which we may pass on to you. Please have your shipment ready on the designated pick up day.

What forms of payment do you accept?2016-12-07T13:07:38-07:00

Our company accepts most major credit cards. You may use Visa, Master Card, American Express, and debit cards with the Visa or Master Card logo. PayPal and Google Check Out can be used as well.

To Get Our Company Credit Card Authorization

Orders over $500.00 require a bank money wire.

How Do I get International Shipping Quote?2023-10-14T10:26:33-07:00

Our staff will be glad to provide you with our bottom line pricing for all your shipping needs. To get started, simply click on link below to submit FREE quote request for your shipment. We will need to know:

1- Destination of shipment
2- Content of shipment
3- Weight, dimensions and size. (US Measurements in Inches and Pounds)
4- Terms of ocean and cargo shipping: Door to Door OR Port To Port.
5- Declared value for insurance.

Quote Form:
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What is FCL – Full Container Load?2016-10-24T17:48:32-07:00

FCL – an abbreviation for “Full Container Load”. This term is commonly used to describe a sea freight service that is designed for shipments of cargo where shipper has exclusive use of sea multimodal container. As a rule containers are loaded and sealed by shipper at the shipper’s facility. Then it transported by ocean, rail and/or truck directly to the point of final destination.

Notice: If you have a cargo sufficient to fill a 20 foot sea container, we still recommend you to compare FCL to LCL option. In certain circumstances you may find that using LCL service can be more convenient and cost-effective for you. As an example, when you self-deliver boxed cargo to a ship-terminal, you eliminate container pre-carriage and waiting charges. Also you are not obligated to the container return to a carrier’s destination container yard.

Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.919 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m (19′-5” x 7′-8” x 7′-9′ 1/2”)
Door Opening (W x H): 2.286 m x 2.278 m (7′-6″ x 7′-5 1/2″)
Tare Weight: 1,900 kg (4,189 lbs)
Cubic Capacity: 33.0 cbm (1,165 cubic ft)
Payload* :22,100 kg (48,721 lbs)

Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.051 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m (39′-6 1/2”x 7′-8” x 7′-9 1/2”)
Door Opening (W x H): 2.286 m x 2.278 m (7′-6″ x 7’-5 1/2″)
Tare Weight: 3,084 kg (6,799 lbs)
Cubic Capacity: 67.3 cbm (2,377 cubic ft)
Payload*: 27,397 kg (60,401 lbs)

Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.056 m x 2.347 m x 2.684 m (39′-6 1/2” x 7′-8 1/4”x 8′-9 1/2”
Door Opening (W x H): 2.340 m x 2.585 m (7′-8″ x 8′-5 3/4″)
Tare Weight: 2,900 kg (6,393 lbs)
Cubic Capacity: 76.0 cbm (2,684 cubic ft)
Payload*: 29,600 kg (65,256 lbs)


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SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS2023-10-14T10:25:41-07:00

Yes, you can ship boxed, crated and palletized household goods or personal effects from the USA using our ocean freight services. In respect of International Ocean Freight, shipping of household goods or personal effects means shipping properly packed not-commercial goods that are not for sale.

International moving is complicated!. The relationship with your international shipping company can make or break your move. From “across the Street” to across the world, Neighborhood Parcel have the experience to make your relocation as stress-free as possible. We’re members in good standing of many professional Mover’s associations and among the most reputable companies in the industry since 1996. Our internationalmovers are happy to find the perfect solution to your relocation needs.
An overseas move is a challenge. We’ll help plan your move with our free tips and planning guide. We also prepare all necessary export documentation and handle your customs clearance. Our international moving professionals specialize in moving corporate clients and residential households from the East Coast to anywhere in the world. With over a decade in the moving industry, we have the experience and know-how to make your move as smooth as possible. Contact us for your free estimate and moving guide. From Shipping your car overseas to moving your fragile household goods, we have the right packaging that fit all your needs and to make your International Move a smooth one.

Whether your international relocation is taking you to Egypt or Bombay, our International Moving Service can make all the difference.

What is The Best Way To Ship Overseas?2024-03-03T11:10:19-07:00

International shipping has its advantages from a value perspective because of merchandise and Technology availabilities overseas and US Dollar Currency Exchange rate that can be very beneficial. However in dealing with international shipping, you will soon discover that you will deal with your destination’s customs office to clear the shipment before you get it delivered.

Neighborhood Parcel has decades of International shipping experience to over 220 worldwide destination and throughout the years we have identified these destinations as the most corrupt countries, in another word, you will need to bribe a customs officer or local government to access your merchandise. Often this is in addition to customs duty taxes assessed.

Best Way To Ship Overseas

To avoid delays and maintain control of the shipment, we discovered that DHL has the Most Secure Export system worldwide where they maintain control of the shipment at all the time. Another way, if you ship an Apple iphone or iPad to Russia, DHL will get the clearance done electronically whenever possible and keeps possession of the merchandise. If you ship the same item using Express Mail for example, the phone is given to customs office for clearance and if in most cases if they like it, they will tax it and assess so many fees to discourage you from getting it and they will confiscate it in the end. DHL will cost a little more up front but you maintain control of your packages at all time.

The second best way is FedEx, they tend to be a little bit cheaper via their Economy service, delivery is usually within 5 to 10 Business days. They are great for deliveries to Europe and Latin America.

The Third and Least Expensive way to ship is to use an Air Cargo Door to door or Door to Port Carrier service like TNTAir Cargo or UPS. They offer great savings for International Moving or Large Cargo shipments, they utilize passenger air crafts to maintain lost cost and low overhead. They can issue Bill Of Lading and Online Tracking just like the other more expensive services.

Worst Way To Ship Overseas

Our Opinion throughout the years of experience is that the Post Office is the worst way to ship your valuable packages. Simply because the post office in most developing countries is corrupt and valuable shipments end up being stolen. The US Post office will provide online tracking until the package leave the US and you will never be able to track it. The loss claim process is very complicated and will take months to resolve. While Priority Mail and International Mail EMS are cheap and economical, it is not the most secure option to get valuable packages delivered.

What Are the Dimensions of Ocean shipping Container?2016-10-24T17:48:32-07:00

Ocean shipping containers come in different sizes to fit all your international shipping and moving needs. They offer great savings for people moving overseas, they require professional packaging to ensure that cars or contents are delivered safely.

Note that most International shipping lines advise that any particular container may have interior dimensions that vary slightly from the published ones and you should contact them if the container dimensions are critical.

To get the actual dimensions of ocean shipping containers, click Here


Ocean Shipping Companies:

OOCL.            K Line                Zim                         Yang Ming Line

HSG               CSAV Group       Hyundai M.M.         UASC

PIL                 Wan Hai Lines    UASC                      MISC Berhad

Iris Lines         RCL                    Grimaldi                 Sea Consortium

CCNI               Maruba              Swire Shipping       KMTC


Seaboard        Scholler Group  Horizon                   Matson


Which countries do you ship to?2016-10-24T17:48:32-07:00

For security Reasons and US Embargo, Neighborhood Parcel will not ship to any of the following countries:

1. Cuba
2. Sudan
3. Iran
4. Burma
5. North Korea
6. Syria

For a list of prohibited items visit:

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What Are The Prohibited Items?2016-12-07T12:57:25-07:00

The following list is a non-exclusive sampling of items that are either restricted, cannot be shipped or, depending on your destination country, may either require an import license, additional documentation and/or cause problems and delays during the customs review of your shipment:

1. Combustible/flammable items (paints, oils, lighters, nail polish, perfume – certain countries allow perfume, click here to see if your country is listed)

2. Any type of pressurized can (hair spray, shaving cream, spray cans of any type)

3. Hazardous materials (matches, chemicals, explosives)

4. Firearms, weaponry and their parts: military, police and tactical equipment of any kind, including guns, gun replicas, gun accessories, gun components (magazines, clips and rail systems), ammunition, knives, swords, compound bows, crossbows, discharge weapons such as shock batons or stun guns, tooling for guns or gun parts, optical scopes, laser sights, night sights, night visions goggles, handcuffs and other restraints, surveillance equipment.

5. Agricultural products such as tobacco, plants and seeds.

6. Perfumes

7. Perishable foods

8. Animals and products made with animal skin (furs)

9. Alcohol

10. Cash, currency, money orders, cashiers’ checks, bank drafts, bearer bonds and collectible stamps and coins. Jewelry and precious stones are (a) restricted to some countries and (b) can only be insured up to $500 maximum and any shipments of jewelry in excess of $500 carriage limit is uninsured and Member assumes all risk of loss above such limit

11. Lottery tickets and gambling devices

12. Prescription and/or veterinary medication

13. Pornography

14. Lock picking devices

15. Government IDs and licenses, or items that claim to be, or that look similar to, government identification documents. This includes uniforms and badges or patches designed to look like official government issue.


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How do I calculate my dimensional weight?2014-02-01T19:27:27-07:00

For Domestic Shipments:
L x W x H (cubic inches) / 194 = Dimensional Weight.
Example: 30″ x 24″ x 22″ = 15,840 / 194 = 82 lbs. (round up to the nearest pound)

For International Shipments:
L x W x H (cubic inches) / 166 = Dimensional Weight.
Example: 30″ x 24″ x 22″ = 15,840 / 166 = 96 lbs. (round up to the nearest pound)

How do I know if my shipment is dutiable?2016-10-24T17:48:32-07:00

Each country establishes its own standards as to which goods are considered documents and which are dutiable. You can either:

1. Refer to the International Service Center Details defined by Country located in the Help;
2. While preparing a shipment online use the Help me decide link next to the Customs Value selections; or
3. Contact Us for assistance with your International shipment.

our purchase may or may not have these charges, based on thresholds (tax exempt amounts), but remember all imports are subject to being charged import fees, taxes, custom duties, and related package handling fees are these charges are NOT included in the price you pay in almost all cases when buying at ebay.com from the USA.  Items cannot be sent as gifts.

These charges are usually NOT known by the seller and the seller cannot find out any exact amount as our postal service is instructed NOT to mention any number. You must pay for these to your country collection authority in advance of receiving your purchase.  You cannot reject the package.

How To Package A Computer for Shipping?2019-01-08T10:16:01-07:00

1- Properly pack the computer and accessories to avoid damage during transit.

  • Disconnect the computer cables, accessories, and peripherals. This includes the monitor, keyboard and mouse. Ensure that all cables are organized, untangled and enclosed in a small bag or box.
  • Wrap the computer and peripherals in a suitable air-cellular cushioning material. Ensure that all parts are covered by at least 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) of plastic bubble wrap. Wrap each computer accessory separately to ensure maximum protection.
  • Pack the wrapped computer tower inside a sturdy, cardboard box that is rated for shipping. Do not use the cheapo boxes at Home Depot or Staples. Choose a box slightly larger than the computer to eliminate large areas of open space. Place the computer upright and fill all remaining space with additional cushioning. You want to ensure a tight fit so the computer fits snugly and will not shift during transit.
  • Pack the computer monitor and accessories in the same manner as the computer tower, using appropriately-sized boxes.
  • Place the packed computer boxes inside one large exterior box. You will again need to ensure that all boxes fit snugly to eliminate shifting during transit. Fill all open spaces with cushioning, foam or loose fill packing material to ensure a tight fit.
  • Close and seal the exterior box securely with packing tape. Use at least 3 strips of pressure-sensitive tape to ensure a tight seal.

2- Select a local or international Shipping Carrier. You can find information for most large carriers online including their methods of shipment, prices and exclusions.

3- Create and attach an appropriate shipping label. You will typically need to indicate your shippingpreferences, payment method and departure and destination addresses on the label.

Article is compliment of wikihow


Can I ship Batteries or Devices with Batterie?2016-10-24T17:48:33-07:00

The regulations applicable to international air shipments of lithium batteries have changed. Compliance with the new regulations became mandatory January 1, 2013.

Note: Readers of this information are urged to monitor the work of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials

Safety Administration (PHMSA) for up to date information. See PHMSA’s website at the follow ing address:

Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air Service

Please use the following information as a general guide only, all shippers are required to understand and comply with the applicable regulations pertaining to their domestic and international shipments.

Full air regulation information is published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and can be found at: http://www.iata.org/lithiumbatteries

When lithium batteries of relatively small electrical capacity are shipped in small quantities in accordance with the regulations, packages are not fully regulated as Dangerous Goods and do not require a Dangerous Goods contract.

This guide is for illustrative purposes only. Please reference IATA regula­tions when shipping lithium metal or lithium ion batteries or cells: http://www.iata.org/lithiumbatteries

Electronic Items for Repair
Repair items, such as computers and cell phones, should be sent without batteries. A wide variety of electronic goods powered by Lithium Batteries are affected by the new regulations, regardless of whether they are rechargeable (Lithium Ion) or non-rechargeable (Lithium Metal). The regulations apply when:

  • Lithium Batteries are packed and shipped as individual items
  • Lithium Batteries are packed separately but shipped with equipment in the same box. Example: A cell phone with a replaceable Lithium Battery
  • Lithium Batteries are contained or installed in equipment and therefore shipped in the same box. Example: A computer tablet with an integrated Lithium Battery within the device that cannot be removed or replaced by the user

Due to increasing safety concerns raised by the aviation industry, the IATA regulations governing the shipping of Lithium Batteries have been tightened and airlines consequently have to enforce these regulations more rigorously.
Please note that the safe transportation of such contents by air and the full compliance to IATA regulations is the legal responsibility of the Shipper. In view of this fact, IATA has produced a guide to help Shippers understand and comply with the regulations.

Can I ship a 20′ or 40′ Container Overseas?2023-10-14T10:27:11-07:00

Neighborhood Parcel Supply Chain Solutions has assembled a comprehensive portfolio of freight container shipping services, which, as stand-alone or bundled together, create innovative supply chain solutions for our end users and international clients. As a single source provider, we can give you access to our global network, comprehensive services to help you manage your freight shipments. From cars to personal house hold items, we can help you ship your items worldwide in Shipping containers, crates, Skids or corrugated boxes.
We can manage International transportation networks, dedicated fleets, carriers as well as deliver orders anywhere through our global network. Our freight container shipping services can bring those parts together to make managing your shipment and cargo simpler.

We ship containers to Africa, Europe, Middle East and Latin America on weekly basis from any port in the US. Your items from household to industrial parts are professionally packaged and shipped on time to ensure safe arrival. Our International container shipping experts will guide you through the process from A to Z and can answer all your questions.

We ship for area residents and businesses from Massachusetts: Boston, Lowell, Andover, Brookline, Methuen, Lawrence, Tewksbury, Chelmesford, Acton, Tyngsboro, Dracut, Billerica, Franklin, Framingham, Natick, Boxford, Nashua, Salem, Revere, Peabody, Lynn, Lynnfield, and many more..

International container shipping Quote or Call 978-851-0199

Do you ship Cars from Boston MA?2024-03-03T11:10:19-07:00

Are you moving or looking for a reliable car shipping service from Boston MA? Our International Car shipping service is second to none when it comes to international moving or household goods shipping. The Household Goods also include your car. We are the leading  international car shipping service provider in Boston MA. The motive or the main occupation of our international car shipping service  is to ship cars overseas by ocean, by road or by air. The international automobile shipping industry is growing at a rapid rate. International automobile shipping service is operated on certain well-known and well established routes. If you are looking for an international car shipping company or international Container shipping company, then call us today 978.851.0199 or book your reservation.

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