eBay UK Seller Release: Global Shipping Program
eBay have at last announced that their Global Shipping Program is to be made available from September. This is a new way for sellers who don’t currently offer International Shipping to appeal to new buyers from overseas. eBay will start to opt eligible listings into the new program and display them to overseas buyers from September. eBay will let you know when your listings are included in the program.
For those not familiar with the Global Shipping program, eBay started running a pilot program in the UK back in 2012. The program has been live in the US for several years. Basically when an international buyer makes a purchase, you the seller ship to eBay’s UK hub and from then on they take responsibility for delivering the parcel overseas including all customs, duty and tracking. The only change that you as a seller will notice will be a reference number included in the address so that eBay’s shipping centre can identify your parcel.
To be eligible for the Global Shipping Program: The item must weigh no more than 30kg; The maximum item size is 50cm x 50cm x 50cm; and PayPal must be offered as a payment method.
Importantly eBay will protect you from any delivery-related defects once the item has arrived safely to the UK
The only one downside I can see from the Global Shipping Program is for those sellers who are VAT registered and may have to track EU and Rest of the World sales in order to complete their VAT returns. Other than that, why wouldn’t you want to ship using eBay’s Global Shipping Program as it’s no different to shipping to a normal UK address.