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« on: October 26, 2010 01:03:31 PM »

I currently have the same problem in two swaps I organize with packages that have been sent to Australia and New Zealand two months ago, and still haven't arrived at their destination. The swapper from NZ said it might be due to the earthquake, and the swapper from AUS heard from the post that three months aren't unusual.
I've had long waits to Australia before, but this is extreme. Does anyone else have this kind of problem right now? Because there is the question if it makes sense to resend the package, and how long it makes sense to wait for the first package to arrive (the swap mods agree on the three month waiting, as this has been a problem before).
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010 03:09:05 PM »

Do you know if the packages were sent via airmail or seamail? Sea mail can take 3 months or so.

I've only had one huge wait for something to arrive - and that was from Canada.

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010 04:22:25 PM »

Oh oh, and the other thing, Ruby - check with the senders about what is IN the packages they sent - as well as what they packed it with etc etc.

It may be that the parcels have been held up in Customs or (more likely) Quarantine. Again - another parcel sent to me had a slight delay coz Quarantine had to extract the dried lavender that was in it, make sure there was none that had gotten loose, and then repackage the parcel and send it on to me blah blah blah.

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010 07:54:12 PM »

I sent a package from Canada to Australia and it took 3 months to get there.  I sent mine by seamail. 


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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010 06:45:07 PM »

In recent months, most airmail swap packages have been getting to me (in NZ) in under 2 weeks, BUT I'm waiting for one that has been nearly 3 months (coming from US) and there's no sign of it yet. I think it was sent airmail, but if it ended up going surface, it can easily be more than 12 weeks. Unfortunately, you probably do have to wait at least 3 months to be sure it's really gone missing Sad

The last time I had something stopped at the border (it contained lavender), they sent me a letter about it fairly promptly. In my experience Customs here is unlikely to hold things up for very long (maybe a few days or a week extra). Problem items to NZ - natural plant material, wood, feathers, anything containing honey, among other things. KW's right, it might be a good idea to ask what was in the packages.

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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2010 05:26:39 AM »

I sent a package to Aus the one swap I was in and it took about 3 mnths to get there. I think I sent it surface. It was a while ago so I don't remember for sure what shipping method I used. I know that when it finally got there I was very relived. I also contacted Canada Post about it as it had been longer then was estmated. If they have tracking numbers try getting in touch with the PO and see what they have to say about where the packages are.

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2010 11:08:09 PM »

My name is Natalie and I'm addicted to swapping Cheesy

I have been swapping for a long time, here and on other sites

Items sent from the US, UK, NZ and Europe via Airmail take about 10 days to get to us.

Items sent from Asia take about 20 days to get to us.

And Items from Canada take about 30 days via Airmail.

I think most international swaps have conditions that the parcel is sent via airmail. I do agree that any swaps sent overseas should not be sent via sea mail.

From personal experience I was in a Christmas Swap last year and my partner was from Canada, the send out date was the 1st of December so as to arrive before Christmas was noted in the swap. My parcel arrived in May, but in saying that my partner had sent my parcel via sea mail.

Im a swap Mod on another site and when matching people up I always avoid (as much as possible) matching up someone from NZ or AUS with someone from Canada. The slow postage going both ways just causes disappointment.

I hope this information helps you, if not now then in the future Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2010 12:34:22 AM »

once seamail took 6 months to get a package to me here from usa....

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010 07:53:18 PM »

Ack, good to know about the Canada problem, will try to avoid that in further swaps now. Yes, one of the trouble packages is from Canada... weird, why that would be more toxic than any other combination...

thanks for all the information, everyone, it does help to see it's not just happenning in my swaps Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2010 07:47:30 PM »

I'm from Canada and when I'm filling out the "are you willing to send to other countries" question I always reply 'anywhere but Australia'. The cost of sending a package there is incredibly expensive for us. When a package costs $16 to send via sea or $60 to send airmail it's really hard to choose the more costly option... especially when those airmail packages sometimes take just as long to arrive, and I've had two packages never arrive at all! It's sad, it's unfortunate, but for me I think that Canadian and Aussie partners should just be avoided.

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