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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-12-2015, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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I had a board member from the UK express interest in a line. When I went to the USPS site to get an estimate on mailing the line, the cheapest I could come up with was between $45-50. That seems outrageous. Am I missing something here? Is there a cheaper way to send it? Thanks.

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I haven't checked recently, but I've sent a fair number of things overseas and that doesn't sound right. If you're talking about a line, I would think sending international first class in a padded envelope wouldn't be anywhere near that much. I don't think it has tracking, but I've never had a problem.
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I haven't checked recently, but I've sent a fair number of things overseas and that doesn't sound right. If you're talking about a line, I would think sending international first class in a padded envelope wouldn't be anywhere near that much. I don't think it has tracking, but I've never had a problem.
Take it off the spool, flatten or junk the box and mail it in a padded envelope.
I just received a pair of Danielsson reels in box from NZ for about $27 NZ with tracking.
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I haven't checked recently, but I've sent a fair number of things overseas and that doesn't sound right. If you're talking about a line, I would think sending international first class in a padded envelope wouldn't be anywhere near that much. I don't think it has tracking, but I've never had a problem.
Hello.. That´s the way to go, very simple. If you send more than one line, USPS will sell you a Priority Mail box, flat rate. It´s 8,6 x 5,4 x 1,75", cost around $15,00 INCL. shipping costs, and you can easily send 5 lines, possibly cram in a few more.. Yours borano20
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First class international is the cheapest. Usps web site is a joke and does not list it. Should be under 6 bucks but the down side is no tracking once it leaves the states. You can shop that way through paypal or at the post office
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I'm in Australia and have bought a number of lines from speypages members. They have all said that the prices quoted on the USPS site are totally different from the prices you are charged if you just go to your local post office and ask the good people in there for a price. I'm talking about the difference between approx $40 online and less than $10 over the counter.
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lots of experience shipping 'over seas.' Well the UK.

The cost is based on two (basic) things: Weight of the packet and the shape of same. More odd the shape, the more you're probably going to pay. Think of a fly reel in a small square box vs. a rod in a tube. But that probably is the same even shipping anywhere inside the US.

Good thing is the Postie's have always been dead on with deliveries. Over seas stuff you have to get a bit creative as to how you fill out the Custom's Declaration. In the UK an import tax can be charged even if its a 'gift' so keep the stated value under $100.00 USD.

As for 'insurance,' don't bother, no way will you ever collect. Tracking? Good only while the packet is still in the US, once it leaves our boarders that number goes blank.




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Fred,
Anything over £18 will attract VAT at 20% but duty will come in at a higher amount (£105 I believe). There are many free online tax calculators available which will show the exact amount chargeable on entry.
Regarding tracking, the USPS tracking is converted into a EU one, and can then be tracked on royalmail or Parcelforce websites with either numbers.
I've ordered loads of lines from Gorge and shipping has always been around £10.
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The cost is based on two (basic) things: Weight of the packet and the shape of same. More odd the shape, the more you're probably going to pay. Think of a fly reel in a small square box vs. a rod in a tube. But that probably is the same even shipping anywhere inside the US.

Good thing is the Postie's have always been dead on with deliveries. Over seas stuff you have to get a bit creative as to how you fill out the Custom's Declaration. In the UK an import tax can be charged even if its a 'gift' so keep the stated value under $100.00 USD.

As for 'insurance,' don't bother, no way will you ever collect. Tracking? Good only while the packet is still in the US, once it leaves our boarders that number goes blank.
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Have had reels shipped to and from UK and hasn't cost that much. I did just send a rod however to the UK and it cost me $120.00. Was marked as repair and return to owner and now they're going to give him a good rogering to the tune of £80.00 at his end....the bastards!! But on the other hand I've got another rod sitting at the posties(waiting to be picked up ) that was shipped from Colorado and I will have to pay $112.00 on taxes when I pick it up.....the dirty bastards!! Sometimes there's just no winning


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Jstroke , hi. I've had the same experience with rods coming from England . The postage was highway robbery, and I had to pay it twice. Once to get it out of the country and twice for it to finish it's journey once here in Canada. Also had a repair on one of those rods same thing robbed. I have these rods with lifetime warranty and one is broken now. I will not fix it it just cost too much in posting. That's what happens when you shop the auction site.
On another note I hear you and your friend Mike are not coming this year, that's too bad. Maybe next year.
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Hey Pierre

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Rods, even spey sized ones from the UK to US/CAN are normally between £30-£50, using a broker like Interparcel. Much higher via the couriers like DHL, FedEx directly, even though the broker also uses these couriers. Obviously insurance adds much to that figure depending on how much you take out.
The other direction is high, as a dispute between USPS and Royal Mail a few years back means that you can't insure anything of value more than about $80, but the cost is relatively low, around $80. Via courier, it's astronomical in the longer sizes over 1m, something like $200-$300! A glass rod finisher I had make me a rod some years back vowed never to send 2 piece rods again to the UK after my episode. In the end I took a roll of the dice and he sent it with no insurance, but it got here safely. Sweated buckets for a couple of weeks though.
When returning a rod to a manufacturer abroad, the rod should be marked "Warranty repair only, zero commercial value", and also on return to you, or duty/vat will be charged to the receiver on both sides. Proof of sending, emails, etc will need to be produced otherwise claims for refund will not be successful.
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Just had a 3 piece Spey rod shipped from Washington to Ireland yesterday it cost only $55 to ship by USPS.
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