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Catherine_lalala
« on: May 30, 2008 03:53:52 AM »

Ok so I've searched but I haven't been able to find a thread that answers my question about this, so sorry if this is already answered somewhere...

I'm taking part in my first swap and my partner lives in the US so this morning I was checking out the Royal Mail website to get an idea of how to send a parcel overseas and how much this would cost.

But it turns out there's several different types of service for sending something abroad and they all sound confusingly the same but with slight differences in price. Is there anyone here who sends packages from the UK to US that could help me out?

How do I know which service to use?
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How much extra does recorded delivery cost on parcels to places that far away?

It's all rather confusing I gotta admit  Huh

Thanks for your help  Smiley


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Oh yes, and this is the website:
http://www.postoffice.co.uk/portal/po/jump1?catId=19100176&mediaId=19100179
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purpleone
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2008 04:15:45 AM »

Hi hun I've sent probably 100+ packages from here to the US/Canada and have always sent them airmail. Recorded/tracking is far too expensive (it costs about 1 per 100g of weight as it is!) and surface mail is too slow to use for swaps.

At the PO they'll ask you to fill in a customs form and attach it to the package. For swaps tick the 'gift' box and any value you enter should be below 10 to ensure your partner doesn't have to pay fees to receive your parcel. For handmade items the value is 'NCV' (no commercial value).
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Catherine_lalala
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008 05:26:58 AM »

Thanks a bunch, that was helpful  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2008 06:50:41 AM »

Packages are only tracked until they live the UK, so there seems little point in paying extra for the service. purpleone's right airmail is the best option.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2008 02:27:53 AM »

if you want to save money, and are sending early, you could use surface mail, it's half the price of airmail, but it does take longer. the stuff i sent arrived within a few weeks though, which was shorted than expected.

i think recorded delivery is an extra 3.50 on top of whatever service you use, i've never used it though.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2008 03:05:43 AM »

I always use Air Mail Small Packet for international packages. The turnaround for UK to US is about a week.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2008 02:10:35 AM »

Oky doky, thanks you guys it sounds like Airmail is the one to use. And of course I can always just ask at the Post Office if I'm still confused  Wink
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