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Date: 8/29/13 2:38 PM

Has anyone shipped a package to Europe? What method did you use? I just checked UPS. The contents are valued at $100, and was quoted $425 shipping, not including tax, etc. I knew international shipping was very expensive, but didn't realize HOW expensive. Any suggestions on the best shipping method? A slow boat, maybe? lol Package doesn't need to arrive quickly.

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Date: 8/29/13 2:58 PM

I ship things to Europe about twice a week, I usually use First Class Package International or Priority International from USPS. I've never spent more than around $125 (20 lbs. valued at around $300 US) to ship anything. Rates vary from country to country, but your cost sounds way too high.
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Date: 8/29/13 3:07 PM

Do you know anyone who is in the US military stationed overseas who might be able to pass on your package to the recipient? They have USPS privileges on base so you can use parcel post (cheapest/slowest rate).

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Date: 8/29/13 3:15 PM

So far, I've only checked UPS. Didn't check USPS. I agree, $125 is a lot better than $425.

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Date: 8/29/13 3:19 PM

Nope, don't know anyone in the US military. Wish I did. Thanks for the thought, though.

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Date: 8/29/13 3:38 PM

How big is the item? USPS has a flat rate box for international shipping....

charts for estimating shipping, 2nd tab is for international
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Date: 8/29/13 3:41 PM

I don't know, yet.....maybe 18 x 18 x 12 inches, about 15 to 20 lbs. Off hand, do you know the size of that USPS flat rate box for international shipping?


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Date: 8/29/13 3:51 PM

The nice people at my Canada Post office have warned me that weight is the killer. I have sent two parcels to Scotland - one about $50 and one about $30. Pricey, but not out-of-this-world pricey. I could have sent them "land" instead of air, but that would have taken 7 weeks. Really? Is this 1965 or something? Crazy.

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Date: 8/29/13 4:06 PM

I just called my local post office. A 20# pkg. 18 x 18 x 12 is $89.06, priority (least expensive, and will arrive in about 10 days). I think this is still too high. Do you remember the weights and sizes of your packages? I know nothing about sending "land." Clue me in!!! Asked the P.O. and they said they had no other less expensive way......priority was it.

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Date: 8/29/13 4:06 PM

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I don't know, yet.....maybe 18 x 18 x 12 inches, about 15 to 20 lbs. Off hand, do you know the size of that USPS flat rate box for international shipping?

ok, the flat rate boxes aren't big enough. I used their on-line calculator, and assumed France as destination. using 15 lbs, and the dimensions you gave, it's about $84 if you arrange shipment on line, about $93 if it's sent from a post office. If it's not to France, it probably would vary a bit....

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