The Global Shipping Program simplifies selling an item to an international buyer. All eligible listings for sellers who qualify are automatically included in the Global Shipping Program. Here's how it works:
List your item.
Your item sells to an international buyer in an eligible country.
You ship the item to a US shipping center.
International shipping experts manage the international shipping and customs process and send the item to the buyer.
Your eligibility for the Global Shipping Program:
You must have a US seller rating of standard or above.
You're responsible for your compliance with all applicable laws and regulations under the eBay User Agreement.
Your item's eligibility for the Global Shipping Program:
The item must be physically located in the US.
The item must be listed for sale on eBay.com.
The item must be listed in a category that is supported by the Global Shipping Program.
PayPal must be included as an accepted payment method in the listing.
The delivery address must be a residence or street address, not a P.O. Box, FPO or APO address. (Exception: P.O. Box addresses in Canada are fine.)
The package weight maximums vary by country.
The package must not exceed the stated maximum scale weight or volumetric weight
Scale weight (in lbs.) is determined by measuring the package’s weight on a scale
Volumetric weight is determined using the following formula: (length x width x height) ÷ 166
The stated length must be the longest dimension of the package
The package must not exceed the stated maximum "dimensions sum", which is determined using the following formula: 2 x (width + height) + length, where "length" is always the longest dimension of the package
Maximum Weight (lbs)
Maximum Length (inches)
Maximum Dimensions Sum
Bahrain, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia
Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan
Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago
An item's sale price, excluding shipping and handling, must not be more than:
$500 when shipping to the Philippines
$1,000 when shipping to Mexico
$1,350 when shipping to Russia
$2,500 when shipping to all other countries
If an auction-style listing ends with a final sale price, excluding shipping and handling, of more than the maximum allowed for the country to which you're shipping, you're responsible for arranging alternate international shipping, and compliance with applicable US export rules, regulations, and procedures.
Auction-style listings, with or without a Buy It Now option, aren’t eligible for shipment to Russia through the Global Shipping Program. For these types of listings, you're responsible for arranging alternate international shipping, and compliance with applicable US export rules, regulations, and procedures.
The item must not be ineligible, illegal, hazardous, subject to export restrictions, prohibited by eBay, or prohibited by the Global Shipping Program. See the eBay User Agreement and the Global Shipping Program policies and FAQs for complete details.
As a seller, you don't need to determine if your items are eligible for the Global Shipping Program. Eligible items are automatically shown to buyers in eligible countries.
You can find any listings eligible for the Global Shipping Program in My eBay
or Seller Hub > Activity > Active Selling.
Any shipping exclusions that you create apply to your Global Shipping Program eligible listings, too.
If you'd like the Global Shipping Program to override your shipping exclusions for eligible listings, you can set that up in My eBay or Seller Hub.
Go to My eBay > Account > Site Preferences, or Seller Hub > Overview > Shortcuts.
Click Site Preferences.
In the Selling Preferences section, scroll to Shipping preferences, and then click the Show link.
Click the Edit link next to Exclude shipping locations from your listings.
Select the states, territories, countries or regions you don't want to ship to. You can exclude entire continents or select Show all countries, and then select the specific countries you don't want to ship to.
Click the Apply button to save your shipping exclusions.
In the Global Shipping Program settings section, select the Override my shipping exclusions for Global Shipping Program eligible items check box.
Important: When you select this check box and list an item with the Global Shipping Program, any shipping exclusions you've previously set up are overridden when they are eligible for sale through the Global Shipping program.
For example, if you select this check box, when you sell an item through the Global Shipping Program, the item can still be purchased and shipped to buyers in Canada even if you've previously set up Canada as a shipping exclusion.
To individually manage shipping exclusions—including exclusions for items sold though the Global Shipping Program—clear the Override my shipping exclusions for Global Shipping Program eligible items check box and set up shipping exclusions directly in each listing.
Be sure that you have cleared the Override my shipping exclusions for Global Shipping Program eligible items check box in My eBay.
In the listing form, go to the Add shipping details section.
Scroll to the International shipping section, and then select the Send it to the US shipping center, and the rest will be taken care of for you check box. If you're unable to select the check box, the listing category is not eligible for the Global Shipping Program.
Click the Create exclusion list link to create shipping exclusions for this listing, or, if you already have exclusions, click the Edit exclusion list link to make changes.
Select the regions or countries you want to exclude.
Click Apply to save the exclusions for this listing.
When you create a shipping label on eBay, tracking information is automatically uploaded to My eBay or Seller Hub. If you don't use our shipping label, be sure to add a tracking number. Once you print a shipping label or upload the tracking number, we generate a global tracking number for you. This global tracking number appears on the label and on the Order details page and allows you to track the package from the time you ship it to the time it reaches your buyer.
Note: With the exception of shipments to Canada, delivery to P.O. Boxes is not supported by the Global Shipping Program. Shipments to APO or FPO addresses are also not supported.
When you upload tracking information, we notify the buyer by email that the item has shipped and we include the global tracking number. The global tracking number is also visible to the buyer on the Order details page, in My eBay, and .
Important things to keep in mind:
If you have your own system that sends tracking information to buyers, be sure to send only the global tracking number to avoid confusing buyers.
If you create your own shipping label, include a reference number. You can find the reference number on the Order details page along with the buyer's name and the address of the US shipping center.
If you purchase USPS insurance, it protects you only against any loss or damage to the package until it reaches the US shipping center. ShipCover insurance isn't available for Global Shipping Program shipments to the US shipping center.
If you purchase signature confirmation when you ship your item, you receive a signature confirmation when the item is received at the US shipping center, not when it is received by the buyer.
Although you're responsible for getting the package safely to the US shipping center, in general you won't be responsible if the item is damaged or lost during international shipping. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program policies and FAQs. Undeliverable items may not be returned to you.
You can use the Global Shipping Program to sell internationally to the following eligible countries:
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Items listed in a restricted category are currently not supported by the Global Shipping Program due to export limitations and restrictions identified by the global shipping provider.
Business & Industrial > Heavy Equipment
Business & Industrial > Heavy Equipment Attachments
Business & Industrial > Websites & Business for Sale
Cell Phones & Accessories > Smart Watches
Coins & Paper > Virtual Currency
DVDs & Movies > Storage & Media Accessories
eBay Motors (Note: Parts & Accessories are supported by the Global Shipping Program)
Gift Cards & Coupons
Health & Beauty > Fragrances
Home & Garden > Fresh Cut Flowers & Supplies
Pet Supplies > Backyard Poultry Supplies
Pet Supplies > Other
Specialty Services, with the exception of:
Specialty Services > Custom Clothing & Jewelry > Hats, Handbags & Accessories
Specialty Services > Custom Clothing & Jewelry > Jewelry
Specialty Services > Custom Clothing & Jewelry > Other
Sporting Goods > Other
Stamps > Other
Tickets & Experiences
Travel, with the exception of:
Travel > Luggage
Travel > Luggage Accessories
Travel > Maps
Travel > Travel Accessories
Video Games & Consoles > Prepaid Gaming Cards
Wholesale & Bulk Lots
Any item that is prohibited on eBay can't be shipped using the Global Shipping Program. Other items are also prohibited from the Global Shipping Program.
Narcotics (including controlled substances)
Currency (including bank notes, stocks, bonds, coupons, credit cards, unused travelers checks, securities, certificates, and other negotiable items)
Weapons (including firearms, knives, etc.)
Liquids, liquefiable substances, and powders
Human body parts
Batteries (with exception of those that come included with consumer electronics such as AA, C, Li-ion batteries)
Alcohol, including samples
Furs, fur clothing, fur-trimmed clothing
Jewelry, gold or any other precious metals (whether manufactured or non-manufactured) that are subject to carrier and/or customs restrictions
Live, replica, or inert munitions
Cosmetics (including perfume)
Parcels that exceed maximum package size and/or weight limits imposed by global service provider
Any type of air, gas or liquid in a compressed container
Bows, crossbows, arrows
Nutritional supplements, neutraceutical
Plant fertilizers, nutrients
To learn more about restrictions on shipping internationally, review our International trading policy.
International buyers see an estimated delivery date that includes your stated handling time, estimated ship time to the US shipping center, and the estimated delivery time from the US shipping center to the buyer's location. To attract more international buyers:
Specify either same business day or 1 business day handling and upload tracking information within 1 business day of receiving cleared payment. If the tracking shows acceptance at the US shipping center of 4 days or less from the date of buyer payment, you'll get an automatic 5-star detailed seller rating for ship time.
Add your international return policy to your listing description, if it's different from your return policy for buyers located in the US.
Offer free domestic shipping to get an automatic 5-star detailed seller rating for shipping cost.
Create a shipping label on eBay to have your tracking information uploaded automatically.
If you don't use eBay label printing, upload tracking information to eBay.
Be sure to accurately specify the package's weight and dimensions plus the item's country of manufacture (if known) in your listing for more accurate customs processing.
Don't ship the item until the buyer has paid.
Items contained in a single order should be shipped in a single package.
Multiple orders (either belonging to the same buyer or different buyers) can't be combined, and need to be packaged in separate boxes.
In the listing, the buyer sees:
Estimated shipping charges
Estimated import charges.
During checkout, the buyer sees the final charges, including:
The item price
The shipping charges
The import charges
The shipping charges include any US shipping charges that you specify, as well as applicable international shipping, handling, and other fees.
The import charges include applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage, and other fees.
In addition to the final charges, the buyer sees the amount paid to the seller and the amount paid to the global shipping provider. You receive the item price and the domestic shipping and handling amount that you specified directly from your buyer.
You can review the buyer's charges on the Order details page.
There is no fee to join the Global Shipping Program.
Your final value fee is based on the final price of the item, shipping charges to the US shipping center, and any other amounts you may charge the buyer. Sales tax is not included.
Standard eBay selling fees and PayPal fees apply, including PayPal's transaction fees for cross-border payments.
With the Global Shipping Program, you're protected in the following ways:
You qualify for automatic 5-star protection on shipping and handling charge detailed seller ratings when you provide free domestic shipping to the US shipping center. If you receive a rating below 5 stars for shipping and handling charges, it won't count against your seller performance standards.
You qualify for automatic 5-star protection on shipping time detailed seller rating when you ship with same day or 1-day handling, upload tracking information within 1 business day of receiving cleared payment, and the item is delivered to the US shipping center within 4 business days. If you receive a rating below 5 stars for shipping time, it won't count against your seller performance standards.
Any negative or neutral feedback that can be attributed to the Global Shipping Program from item handling during international transit will be removed. See details.
You aren't responsible for item loss or damage that occurs after the item is forwarded by the US shipping center. Once an item has been forwarded by the US shipping center, you won't be responsible for refunding the buyer if an eBay Money Back Guarantee or PayPal Purchase Protection case is filed against you for one of the following reasons:
A buyer claims an item isn't received or
A package is damaged in transit
Learn more about eBay seller protection.
Items that are eligible for the Global Shipping Program that are offered to buyers in eligible countries are automatically shipped internationally through the Global Shipping Program.
You can also customize which countries you'd like to ship to through the Global Shipping Program. This option allows you to select which international shipping service you would like to use for certain locations, so you can choose between the Global Shipping Program and alternative shipping services by country. Buyers only see one shipping option based on your selection.
For example, you can set your preferences to ship to Canada through a standard carrier that provides international service, but still use the Global Shipping Program for the remaining eligible countries.
Go to My eBay > Account > Site Preferences.
Click Show to the right of the Shipping Preferences section.
Click Edit to the right of Offer the Global Shipping Program.
Select the Allow me to customize international shipping by country checkbox.
In the International shipping section of your listing, select the shipping services you'd like to use for specific countries. You can add up to 4 international shipping options in addition to the Global Shipping Program.
For items that aren't eligible for the Global Shipping Program, or items that are offered to buyers in countries not supported by the Global Shipping Program, you can set up additional international shipping services.
Go to the International shipping section of the listing form.
Update your selection in the No additional international shipping drop-down menu.
You can add up to 5 international shipping options.
Things to keep in mind:
For Global Shipping Program listings, you can have four international shipping services in addition to the Global Shipping Program.
For items offered outside of the Global Shipping Program, you can have five international shipping services.
If you have a listing outside of the Global Shipping Program with five international shipping services, and your listing is converted to a Global Shipping Program listing, your fifth international shipping service isn't included in your listing.
If you accept returns and your return policy specifies that the cost of return shipping will be paid by you, you're responsible for all costs associated with shipping the item back to you.
If you opt out of the Global Shipping program, you must wait 24 hours before renewing your enrollment.
Go to My eBay > Account > Site Preferences, or Seller Hub > Overview > Shortcuts > Site Preferences
Click the Show link to the right of the Shipping Preferences section.
Click the Edit link to the right of Offer the Global Shipping Program.
Click Opt Out.
Review the information. If you still wish to opt out, click Continue to opt out.
If you'd like to opt out of the Global Shipping Program but must wait 24 hours, you can still remove your active listings from the Global Shipping Program right away.
Go to My eBay > Activity > Sell > Active, or Seller Hub > Listings > Active
Select the listing you'd like to change.
In the Edit drop-down menu, select Edit selected.
In the Add shipping details section, click the Edit selected policy link.
In the International shipping section of the Edit shipping policy dialogue box, clear the Send it to the US shipping center, and the rest will be taken care of for you box.
Save and confirm your changes.
Go to My eBay > Activity > Sell > Active or Seller Hub > Listings > Active
In the Edit drop-down menu, select Edit all listings.
In Edit listings, select all of your listings by checking the box at the top of the left column.
In the Edit drop-down menu, select Shipping policy.
In the Edit business policies dialogue box, select Change to from the Shipping policy drop-down menu, and then click the edit link next to the shipping policy name.
In the International shipping area of the Edit shipping policy dialogue box, clear the Send it to the US shipping center, and the rest will be taken care of for you box.
Save, confirm, and submit your changes.
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