Kaizen Update: UPS Service is a GO!

You may remember a few weeks ago in this blog we mentioned that we’d be getting new rates for our members from a newly-negotiated contract with UPS. Well, we’ve got the new systems online and are ready to serve our members with the best package forwarding and delivery services in the world! So, have you … Read more

Have You Heard About… Etsy?

We find that some of our customers may not be aware of some of even the largest e-commerce companies out there, particularly those who don’t offer universal international shipping. Etsy just may be one of those sorts – it’s very big here in the US because it’s a great way to browse, purchase and sell … Read more

Package Forwarding Tips: “Hitting a Moving Target!”

Did you know that OPAS can offer domestic shipping via UPS in addition to international shipment services? It’s true. First, this enables those who actually live in the US to take advantage of our Oregon sales tax-free option we can provide. This may not seem like a lot for a US customer when ordering smaller … Read more

Package Forwarding Tips: Insurance Claims

It doesn’t happen often, but damage or loss of packages is an unfortunate and unavoidable risk of shipping internationally. First, any shipment sent through OPAS is specially packed for maximum safety. This is our absolute highest priority, beyond even reducing the size and weight of the package. We figure it’s better for a member to … Read more

Understanding Package Forwarding: What is Dimensional Weight?

Here at the OPAS blog, we’re always keeping an eye out for new and interesting information we can pass along to members in order to maximize their access to US merchandise while minimizing their shipping bills. Every now and then, though, we find it’s best to repeat information for the benefit of newer members, or … Read more

Black Friday/Cyber Monday, the Essential Survival Guide! (Part 2)

Hello again, OPAS members! Today, we’re going to continue our discussion on the best way to prepare for the coming sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Specifically, we’ll discuss the policies OPAS will have in place for Cyber Monday, as we’ll be closed for Black Friday and that weekend (there’s no reason you can’t … Read more

Black Friday/Cyber Monday, the Essential Survival Guide! (Part 1)

Attention, OPAS members! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us, and there’s some things you NEED TO KNOW! A savvy online shopper can save a whole bundle by shopping on these dates from November 28 to December 2, but if you’re not prepared, you’ll find that all your hopes for great deals are … Read more

Dangerous Goods: What is a Dangerous Good?

Today we’re going to talk about some of the restrictions, classifications and issues surrounding the shipment of dangerous goods, and hopefully answer some questions you may have. OPAS is a registered shipper of Dangerous Goods via IATA/ICAO regulations. We have certified Dangerous Goods (“DG”) technicians on our staff to identify, package and ship these products … Read more

Kaizen Update: Declaring Package Value

If you’ve read any of the posts on our OPAS blog lately, you may have come across our brief exposition on the principles of Kaizen – the practice and study of a constant state of improvement. We are constantly using Kaizen to improve the international shipping experience of our OPAS customers. Whenever we have a … Read more

Consolidating Your Packages from US Online Stores

Using your US address to Shop US Online Stores If you are shopping online in the US from overseas you probably are buying items from more than one store. By using a package forwarding service like OPAS you get many benefits. Of course, the most obvious benefit is that you can buy from almost any … Read more