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Old 03-18-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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Cheapest Way to Send/Mail from USA to Europe?

I have pounds of documents I want to mail from the good ol' USA to Norway. This afternoon I sent a poster, within a light paper tube, that weighed a total of 7.9 ounces, and it cost me some $13.00! I can't image what something heavier will cost. I was told UPS ain't any cheaper, but I haven't checked them or other methods (FedEx?) out yet. Any ideas of a cheaper way to get this stuff to my friends in Norway? (I want to send the actual paper, and not merely email scans of these documents.)
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
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Just peeking at the post office. They offer flat rate international shipping for up to 20 lbs. But like you said, it ain't cheap.

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Old 03-18-2015, 09:37 PM   #3
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Check with DHL. They still do a whole lot of US/ Europe traffic.

Mailing round tubes - that gives the shippers a fit. Doesn't work to well with automated sorting. I think Fedex has triangular tubes that work much better in sorting.

You might send a PM to member purplesky ( works for fedex ? I think) . I think we have another member fedexcourier ? too.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:52 PM   #4
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Perhaps your friend knows someone who will be visiting the US? A checked bag is a PIA, but would be worth doing to courier for a friend....
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TRY DHL EXPRESS. They are very competitive for international shipping (letters and packages).
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:27 AM   #6
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For my small side business, I sell to international customers. My parts are metal car parts, and somewhat heavy (2-4 lbs). Good thing is they are smaller and I am able to use the flat rate international priority mail boxes through US Post Office. Way easier and less troubles than UPS, FedEx or similar. The customs paperwork is so much less hassle with Post Office.

Birdie, I think your issue was size rather than weight. The tube was larger, so it went by dimensional cost instead of weight.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:39 AM   #7
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I feel your pain. DD and family with 4 grandchildren in London. DW won't let a holiday like Valentines or Easter go by without small gifts for all the GC (and of course birthdays). Most times the postage to get the stuff there is more than the gifts cost. As for DS in Tanzania, he has one child and unless someone's going that way we can get the parcel to before they leave, he goes without gifts I think our son said it's about $300-400 to ship anything there. His company does send documents every week or so that we can send mail by, or the occasional oversized envelope.
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When I sent a package to relatives in Europe a few weeks ago, USPS Priority Mail International was the cheaper option (I did not check DHL though). But it was still pretty pricey.
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I thank you all for the many suggestions. If anyone else has another suggestion, please post it.
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What is the stacked size of these documents, and how much do they weigh ?
I think you need to know these exact numbers before you can say how much they will cost to send.
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