eBay launch International postage rate table
eBay have launched the International postage rate table, these enable you to set a per item or per kilo shipping weight to each country which can then be used across all of your listings. A big advantage is that they enable you to specify different rates for different countries.
For instance you may have one courier rate for the close EU countries (e.g. France, Germany, Begium) whilst your carrier charges more for the EU countries further afield (e.g. Spain and Italy). You may also want to charge for different services to different destinations, for instance Italy is often cited as a problem country so whilst you ship to the whole of the EU on a standard service you might want to specify a price to Italy to allow for the cost of tracking.
Another destination that’s proved troublesome in the past is the Channel Islands, you can now specify a standard cost to locations such as this which whilst classed as domestic postage rates by Royal Mail are an International destination for couriers. Mind you… I’m not quite sure how eBay will charge for Channel Islands as they appear in both the Domestic rate table (as the Channel Islands) as well as the Europe International Rate table (separately as Jersey and Guernsey). If anyone figures it out let us know, otherwise I’d suggest as a fail safe enter the same cost for the Channel Islands in both tables!
You’ll find the new International Rate Tables in your My eBay > Postage and packaging preferences. Once set up for your courier rates this should save you time when listing and enable you to more accurately specify postage costs to different countries around the world as well as the flexibility to charge more for countries where you apply a premium service.