Guide to Shipping Nintendo Switch Overseas

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Staying home has been a new lifestyle for a lot of people.  Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular kill-time entertainment. Games like Ring Fit Adventure, Animal Crossing, Just Dance, Overcooked are in-demand around the world.  Nintendo Switch is sold out in a lot of countries as well.  Planning to ship a Nintendo Switch overseas for your family and friends? Check out this guide and Spaceship’s tutorial on shipping out Switch!

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Courier Options for Shipping Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch contains li-ion batteries.  Apart from the console, the controllers and Fit Ring are with li-ion batteries.  Li-ion battery is regarded as fully regulated dangerous goods, Hong Kong Post and lots of other international courier service providers don’t accept posting (including air freight and sea freight) for parcels with li-ion batteries.

Only FedEx Express  accepts parcels with lithium batteries when shipping overseas from Hong Kong.  No matter packing your parcels or processing Customs declarations, there are details that you will need to be careful with.  Otherwise, parcels might not be accepted and will be bounced back, and the sender will have to bear the return shipment cost.

You can easily find the best deal for international courier service that ships electronic products overseas on Spaceship!  Compare shipping options by shipping time and costs from various local and international courier services on Spaceship. You can also schedule pick-up service right away! Learn more on how to ship cell phones and gadgets overseas

Things to consider before shipping parcels with lithium batteries

When shipping electronic products overseas, no matter whether the battery is removable, the number of battery inside the product also affects the customs declaration process.  Planning to ship iPhone, iPad or Switch overseas? Check out what to prepare for your shipment! 

Shipping 1-2 Switch consoles overseas

  • When packing your parcel, please use a strong rigid outer packaging, and fill the space with protective materials like wrapping papers and cushion bags
  • To avoid any delays or forced return shipment, once your shipment is confirmed on Spaceship, please print out the following documents and hand them to the pick-up staff:
    1. Shipping labels in the confirmation email from Spaceship
    2. Invoice in the confirmation email from Spaceship
    3. Completed Shipper’s Declaration for Section II Lithium Cells / Batteries from FedEx

Shipping more than 2 Switch consoles overseas

  • When packing your parcel, please use a strong rigid outer packaging, and fill the space with protective materials like wrapping papers and cushion bags
  • To avoid any delays or forced return shipment, once your shipment is confirmed on Spaceship, please print out the following documents and hand them to the pick-up staff:
    1. Shipping labels in the confirmation email from Spaceship
    2. Invoice in the confirmation email from Spaceship
    3. Completed Shipper’s Declaration for Section II Lithium Cells / Batteries from FedEx
  • Shipping parcels that contain more than 2 batteries cell, please make sure that the outer packaging is labeled with UN3841 Li-ion label, and the recipient’s contact number written on the label
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Please don't forget to stick this color-printed label on the packaging, and fill in the recipient's contact before passing your parcel to the courier staff
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If your packaging is printed with the label, please don't forget to writer the recipient's contact number as well

How to fill in the required declaration form?

  • Download the required declaration form from FedEx
  • Fill in the required details 
  • For Battery Information, please pick the suitable option:
    – UN3481 PI966: Lithium batteries are removable and are packed with the electronic product
    – UN3481 PI967: Lithium batteries are non-removable and are attached to the electronic product

Not sure what to do? Contact our Customer Service Specialist online for help!

How to pack items with li-ion battery?

  • When picking a paper box, don’t forget to pick a strong one.  Avoid reusing paper box so the box is strong enough to protect your item
  • UN3481 li-ion batteries label should be printed out and displayed clearly on the battery for Customs clearance
  • Paper box should be filled with adequate amount of packing materials, for example wrapping bubbles, packing peanuts.  Try not to leave space between the item and the box

Tutorial on Shipping Nintendo Switch Overseas

4 easy steps to shipping Nintendo Switch from Hong Kong to USA

STEP 1

Courier Comparison

  • Pick the origin and the destination of your parcel
  • Select the parcel type and enter the estimated weight and quantity of your parcel
  • You can simply enter the estimated weight.  This estimated weight will be used to calculate the approximate shipping fee for this shipment.  The actual amount will be calculated based on the actual weight measured by the courier company
  • Click 【Continue】 and get instant quotes from various local and international courier providers
STEP 2

Pick Your Courier Service

Based on the information you provided, Spaceship will immediately compare your shipping options displaying shipping time and costs of various local and international courier services.  Delivery options are sorted by price from low to high, so you can find the best option for you at a glance.

When shipping a Nintendo Switch, since the battery is non-removable, so it’s a must to pick a courier service that can ship parcels with li-ion batteries.  Spaceship recommends using FedEx International Priority (IP) since FedEx the only courier option that accepts li-ion battery for shipment.

Please note:

  • When shipping products with
    li-ion, please don’t remove the battery from the product.  Please don’t ship the li-ion battery without the product
  • Please pick FedEx for your courier option to avoid any delay or return shipment
  • Other courier companies and Hong Kong Post do not accept parcels with li-ion batteries
How to ship Nintendo Switch from Hong Kong to US - Step 2
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*On import tax

  • When shipping overseas, import tax and duty tax might be incurred regardless the region you are shipping to.  The exact amount of payable tax will be decided by the local Customs after checking your parcel.  Local Customs will then contact the recipient for taxes and payment.  Clearance will then be succeeded after paying the tax
  • For more details, check out Spaceship’s guide on Duties & Tax
STEP 3

Enter Parcel Details

  • Please pick 【 Electronic product (with li-ion battery)】 and 【 Electronic product 】 for Item Category
  • For Item Declaration Details, please fill in 【 Portable game console with battery 】
  • For Supplementary Info, please fill in 【self use, lithium ion batteries in compliance with Section II of PI 967 】 (MUST!)
  • Please put 1 for quantity (Only ship 1 Nintendo Switch for every shipment. Game controllers must be attached to the console)

Please note:

If your parcel contains restricted items and cannot submit required documents for international courier companies or local Customs, or the sender falsely report or fail to truthfully declare the contents of the parcel, local Customs and international courier companies have the rights to return the parcel.  Sender might need to pay the fine, surcharge and handling fee.  The amount will be determined solely by Customs and international courier company.

How to ship Nintendo Switch from Hong Kong to US - Step 3
STEP 4

Enter Pick-up Details

  • Enter the information for pick-up service in Hong Kong and the recipient’s details in the U.S.
FINISH

Online Payment

  • After confirming the reservation details and estimated shipping fee, enter your contact information and credit card details.  Then, press confirm to submit
  • If you would like to use a coupon, please enter the discount code and select your coupon
  • Once the shipment is confirmed, Spaceship will charge your credit card with the estimated shipping fee
  • Once your shipment is completed, courier company with issue official shipment details in 2-3 weeks, listing the actual size and weight of your parcel.  Spaceship will then collect or refund the difference
  • The more accurate the information you entered when estimating the shipment fee, the difference will be minimized
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Reminder from Spaceship
Please place your parcel into a box with similar size before mailing out. Make sure your parcel is well-protected and packed.

Need help sending out a Nintendo Switch overseas? 

Contact our Customer Service Specialist!

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