In this article, we explain the basics of how to ship a package with Easyship.
What we'll cover:
1. Create an account
In order to create a shipment on our platform, you will need to create an account.
Enter a valid e-mail address that will be used to sign in to your Easyship account and click the 'Sign Up For Free' button. Note that this e-mail address will also be used for Easyship's communications to you - but this can be changed later.
Follow the account creation flow and select an origin country, as well as enter your sender address.
2. Create a shipment
In this section, we will explain how to create a manual shipment, for advanced creation (fulfilling store orders) please visit the following article: How to Create Shipments - Advanced Option
Once you have set up your account, and you are logged in to the dashboard, go to 'Create Shipments > Basic'.
Enter the destination address: Double-check to ensure there are no mistakes. Once a shipment is in transit, the label cannot be edited. Our system automatically cross-references the zip codes you enter to ensure the city and state are valid.
Fill in the shipment details: This will include Dimensions, Weight, Product Category, Product Description, Taxes and Duty (pre-paid vs post-paid), Insurance, Selling Price, and item quantity (per product). You can also select from a variety of flat rate boxes if you have them on hand, or choose a saved shipping box.
Select a courier service: From here you will be able to select the courier that bests suits your shipping needs and compare different rates, services, shipping times, and shipping costs. Keep an eye out for things such as tracking ratings, and service points (handover methods). Note that we offer more of a selection for international shipping rates.
Addons and handover: Confirm sender address, purchase shipping insurance, and select handover method (pick up or drop off).
If you have not entered your card details already, you will be prompted to save a card on the final step, if you already have a card saved, you can continue to purchase the shipment without entering any card details.
In case you are wondering, "how much does it cost to ship a package?", this depends on a variety of factors such as box dimensions, weight, product category, destination, and incoterms.
3. Post shipment creation
Once the shipment is created, it will appear in the 'Manage Shipment > To Download' section of the dashboard. Select the shipment and click 'Generate all documents' on the top right-hand corner of the page. Your label(s) will download in a cue, and from there you can download the file to your computer.
The file will download in zip format, typically you can double click to unzip. From there you will be able to see the PDF document. If you are shipping internationally, there will be a commercial invoice (unless it is a hybrid solution).
Print the PDF document, and attach all of the pages to the box. You only need one shipping label and one commercial invoice (commercial invoice only applicable for international shipments), however sometimes many will print from the PDF. Feel free to attach the extra labels and commercial invoices to the package if possible, in case one of them is damaged in transit. Duplicates are not an error and are a requirement for couriers.
The label and commercial invoice must be clearly accessible and scannable by the courier and the return address will be visible.
Hand the parcel over to the courier. If you selected drop-off, you will need to drop it off at the closest depot of the courier you selected. If a pick-up was scheduled, wait for the courier driver to pick it up.
If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to the Easyship support team here.