How to Send a TV Monitor Overseas

By W. Nicole Barclay

Updated October 18, 2017

The original packaging is always the best way to ship a TV overseas.
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When moving or sending electronics overseas, be prepared to pay higher shipping costs and to fill out custom forms. Due to the fragile nature of TV screens, use layers of packing materials to cushion and protect the TV during transit. It's also best to use an established service that provides both tracking and insurance.

Weigh and measure your television or find the weight and measurements in your user manual. Factor in the weight and measurements of accessories such as remote control and cables that you plan to ship with the TV.

Contact international shipping services and compare pricing and methods. Use the weight and dimensions to get a reliable quote and select between services. Note any available options for insurance and package tracking. Be sure to check information on customs when importing or exporting items.

Package your TV. Use the original packaging when possible. Wrap the TV in two layers of bubble wrap and secure with tape. Take special care around fragile areas like the screen. Place the bubble-wrapped TV into a box and fill with packing materials such as newspaper and styrofoam pieces, ensuring that the TV is tightly contained and that the box is full. Seal the box securely.

Arrange for pickup or drop off your package to be shipped. Be prepared to complete customs forms. Ensure that your package has tracking and that someone will be at the address to which you're shipping to receive and sign for the package on arrival.


Contact your shipper if have questions about proper packaging or refer to your user manual for information on transporting your TV.