Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: McCallister Creek
About Shipping Rods Internationally from US
Did the USPS recently change the rules on sizes and weight for 1st Class International Package service? I just tried to price shipping to Ontario from Washington State for a rod I am selling that the only option available was Priority Mail at $41 USD. I swear, I am sure I have shipped rods in the recent past using 1st Class International service. I checked the size rules at USPS and this is what I found:
250 First-Class Package International Service
251 Description and Physical Characteristics
The First-Class Package International Service classification encompasses the categories of international mail that before May 14, 2007, were categorized as small packets.
251.2 Physical Characteristics and Standards — Packages (Small Packets)
251.21 Weight Limit
The weight limit for a First-Class Package International Service package (small packet) is 4 pounds.
251.22 Dimensions — Other Than Rolls
Packages (small packets) other than rolls must be within the following dimensions:
Maximum length: 24 inches. Length is the longest dimension.
Maximum length, height, and depth (thickness) combined: 36 inches.
Minimum size: Large enough to accommodate the postage, address, customs form, and other required elements on the address side.
251.23 Dimensions — Rolls
Rolls must be within the following dimensions:
Minimum length: 4 inches.
Minimum length plus twice the diameter combined: 6-3/4 inches.
Maximum length: 36 inches.
Maximum length plus twice the diameter combined: 42 inches.
Packages (small packets) must be constructed to be strong enough to withstand normal handling.
Am I/we hosed on mailing rods between the States and the rest of the world? Am I missing something?
Yours in Frustration
Hope is that thing with feathers...