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Initial post: Feb 13, 2008 8:05:34 AM PST
I went to the post office to mail some Amazon treats and cereal to an ex-military relative in Germany, and the post office no longer accepts packages other than airmail, which was over 30 bucks to mail about $6 worth of Lucky Charms cereal! Any one else have this happen and did you find a cheaper way to go?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 8:10:56 AM PST
LottieDa says:
Seriously? They don't offer 'surface shipping' anymore? That's insane!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 8:14:09 AM PST
Vegan Mama says:
That bites. They stopped sea shipping last summer. I had to ship a car seat to my sister. Took it to the post office on Saturday and they told me that sea shipping was being stopped the following Monday so they could only accept airmail. $50 to ship that thing but that was still much cheaper than buying one in the UK.

You could take the bags out the boxes, make the package a bit smaller. I know you can sometimes find Lucky Charms on eBay in Europe but the prices can go over $30 a box easy so that's not going to help.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 8:24:53 AM PST
Joel Kolstad says:
I have a suspicion the USPS might have shot itself in the foot here -- there's clearly a demand for "cheap albeit slow" overseas shipping, but I suspect that since the USPS never provided a means of tracking such packages they ended up with enough complaints ("where's my package!?") that they decided it wasn't worth the hassle (and it was probably a pretty small part of their revenue stream anyway).

Even with the "tracking" services you get with priority mail, usually the only notifications you get are "sender has informed the post office this item will be shipped on xx/xx/xx" and "package was delivered on yy/yy/yy" -- no intermediate status such as "accepted at post office xxxx," "arrived at hub xxxx," etc. like UPS/FedEx provide.

Technologically none of these problems are hard to fix, but being a huge government institution the USPS of course is rather glacial to change! (And to give them credit where credit is due, I don't think FedEx or UPS would even *want* the regular "$0.42 1-oz. letter" delivery routes the post office provides...)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 8:27:54 AM PST
Vegan Mama says:
I don't think there really is that much demand for it. I've been living here for over 6 years and I only used it once, would have been twice if I'd sent that car seat a couple of days sooner. It didn't save much on smaller packages and there are things you just don't want sitting in a box for 6 weeks. I sent my sister a long leather coat for her b'day one year which would have been about $15 cheaper to send surface but I really didn't want the coat in a box for that long.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 8:36:46 AM PST
try a freight forwarder! check www.hankyu-usa.com for a local office. we offer global coverage for air and ocean transportations. suggest you ship more than one box of lucky charms though.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 8:42:08 AM PST
Parag Patel says:
Yes ship it from USA to Cananda via airmail and have someone ship it out from there to your country of destination via surface mail. KUDOS!!!

NewYorkCityBoy

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 8:59:02 AM PST
Are you sending to an apo address? My sisters will send bigger pacakges pal.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:04:15 AM PST
Angela, as I said, he is EX-military, but thanks. It is not APO. The Canada suggestion is good, I have a friend that goes there once a year, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:06:01 AM PST
W. Demore says:
If you have smaller items to ship, try the Priority Flat-rate boxes. They have two sizes now that ship for about $9 regardless of what is in them, up to a 20lb weight limit.
They also have a third size, larger, coming out at the beginning of March-it will ship for around $12, with a discounted rate to APO addresses.
Living in AK, shipping things anywhere is really expensive--these boxes are fantastic deals.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:11:53 AM PST
Megan says:
get a flat-rate shipping box at the post office. it doesnt matter what you get in there, no matter how much it weighs, its just a flat-rate. i think its about $8 right now. theres two different shaped boxes, and they're pretty good size. my boyfriends deployed right now, and thats the only way i go. it always gets there in a week. hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:13:50 AM PST
Wow, thanks!
i can wait til
march if nothing else pans out.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:15:15 AM PST
There are plenty of ex military that recieve mailing at the apo post office. Either retirees or they are working for the dod.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:17:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 13, 2008 9:21:15 AM PST
flat-rate global is the best way to go, although you could put the cereal box in a large brown envelope rather than a box and cut down on the weight. I send stuff to Croatia all the time for between $3 and $8 this way. The biggest item I sent was $12 for about 3 lbs.

Also, they do have cereal with nasty dried marshmallows in them in Germany. They also have Amazon in Germany. Send a giftcard for 90 cents or a giftcode for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:17:48 AM PST
M. Warner says:
The current flat rate box is $8.95, but this is only for domestic destinations (including APO). Have no idea what the international rate is.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:27:52 AM PST
Prism says:
* Domestic Priority Mail flat rate boxes can be used for international shipping:


* One rate to Canada and Mexico-$23.00


* One rate to Rest of the World-$37.00

* 20 pound maximum

* Requires customs declaration form PS Form 2976-A

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:39:05 AM PST
Movie Mania says:
You can save a little by buying the postage online at USPS.com. This will get you free tracking and a discount on Priority Mail.

Although in the long run, it could be cheaper to fill a suit case full and deliver them in person!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 9:41:55 AM PST
Movie Mania says:
That is domestic. The flat rate to EU is $37.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 10:01:36 AM PST
Will says:
Could you purchase from one of Amazon's international sites? They have a German version, but not in English. Maybe buying on Amazon UK site would do?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 10:03:29 AM PST
Vegan Mama says:
Lucky Charm were discontinued in the UK some years ago. That's why they can sell for so much on eBay.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2008 4:25:23 PM PST
Thanks, I'm going to the post tomorrow to see about International flat rate!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2008 9:57:05 AM PDT
July says:
There is a new company called surehip that not only makes it easy to print overseas DHL or Fedex labels, it also saves you nearly half on the shipping rate! There is no cost to join. They get a super high volume rate and you get to participate in the savings. You need to be spending about $500 per month minumum on domestic and international shipping to join. If you want to learn more call Paul at 888-559-8820 - tell him JoJo sent you.To join go to this link: http://www.sureship.com/register.aspsb=1&plev=0&pt=af&ht=114&s=JO&i=http://www.sureship.com/Images/shipandfreight.gif&im=http://www.sureship.com&clr=FEA515&btp=0&bht=10&top=0&lft=0&ttl=Register

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2008 10:28:26 AM PDT
emme says:
Have you looked into shipping USPS m bag?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2008 10:51:28 AM PDT
The 2 smaller sizes of the Priority Flat rate boxes will cost you $37.00 to ship international. The $8.95 rate is ONLY for domestic or APO. The 20 pound weight limit is for international. However, if you purchase the postage online, the USPS will give you a 5% discount. I shipped a package overseas two weeks ago, cost me $35.15 online for 9 pounds 8 oz. Would have cost me $49.50 had I not used a Flat Rate box.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2009 7:56:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2009 8:02:57 AM PDT
MozesonIsaac says:
I thought of driving with several boxes up to Canada. But it looks like the Royal Canadian Postal Service also stopped surface (boat) deliveries. Bummer.
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