How to Save Money Shipping to Nigeria

SUMMARY: There are many variables that affect shipping costs to another country. The good news is that there are ways you can save money and still get quality service.

How to Save Money Shipping to Nigeria

Did you know that Nigeria is the largest eCommerce market in Africa? According to a report by UNCTAD, it is the largest eCommerce market for revenue generated and total shoppers per capita. ECommerce’s demand has left a shortage in everything, including truck drivers and storage or warehouse space.

As much as eCommerce is an excellent business to get into right now, the most significant expense is shipping costs. Established eCommerce platforms are constantly raising the bar with faster delivery options making it hard for small businesses to keep up, especially if they fulfill orders from home.

The good news is that there are various ways you can save money shipping to Nigeria and improve your margins. First, you should know all the variables involved in shipping costs, such as;

  • Distance
  • Delivery timelines
  • Package weight and dimensions
  • Tracking options and insurance
  • Taxes and import duties if applicable

There might also be some hidden costs for handling fulfillment in-house. Here’s what you can do to cut your average shipping costs to Nigeria.

Reduce shipping distance

Have you ever heard of shipping zones? Shipping zones are defined as geographical areas that various carriers ship to. For example, in the United States, there are domestic zones from 1-8, with the point of origin being zone 1.

The further the distance, the more expensive your shipping costs and the longer it will take for the package to arrive. To save money, you can avoid shipping to higher zones or partner with companies that have multiple fulfillment centers. 

Always weigh and measure your package dimensions

If you are using a flat rate shipping service, you don’t have to worry about weight and dimensions. However, if flat rate shipping is not an option, it will cost you more money to ship heavier items. The trick here is to pack items properly. For example, don’t use a big box to send a lightweight and small item. A large box takes up more space and has more dimensional weight meaning you will spend more money to ship the item. 

Save on supply costs

Some shipping companies offer small business discounts on packaging like boxes or envelopes. They can give them to you for free or offer you a small discount. You can also save money on supplies like bubble wrap, boxes, dunnage, and poly mailers by buying in bulk. The primary cost might be high, but you will save money long-term. 

Take advantage of discounts

Many shipping companies will give you a discount if you ship bulk orders. Bulk orders don’t have to be in the hundreds or thousands. You can always negotiate volume discounts, especially if you are a loyal customer. Either way, for many shipping companies, it’s always the more packages you have, the lower the rates.

Prepaid shipping

Some shipping companies give you the option to prepay for shipping, and you don’t have to attach the shipping labels immediately. You can attach it when you have an order to go out. Prepaid shipping can save you up to 20% of shipping costs.

Finally, as you try to save shipping costs, ensure that it doesn’t affect the shipping solutions or delivery times for your packages.

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