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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
251.1 General

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.

251.24 Quality

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?

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USPS costs to ship internationally from U.S. have gone thru the roof. I used to be able to send a dozen flies in a little box to various groups in the Maritimes for $2.60. That was just a few years ago. It now costs 9.90 to send to same locations, same size package.

You really get nailed if you need insurance (which you do if you're shipping a rod or reel!) It won't be going first class international.

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I live on Vancouver island and wanted a rod shipped to me from the Bay Area. Hit hard with a $40 dollar charge from USPS. Now I'm fortunate to have a US mailing address but I couldn't wait so I paid the extra costs. I mentioned this last week to a postal worker here in Canada and she said that could be something to do with the USPS getting bailed out by government. Sounds like they took a deep look at costs and found prices needed to attain positive margins.
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I live on Vancouver island and wanted a rod shipped to me from the Bay Area. Hit hard with a $40 dollar charge from USPS. Now I'm fortunate to have a US mailing address but I couldn't wait so I paid the extra costs. I mentioned this last week to a postal worker here in Canada and she said that could be something to do with the USPS getting bailed out by government. Sounds like they took a deep look at costs and found prices needed to attain positive margins.
On the opposite end of the exchange, I just sent a rod from BC to West Virginia for approx. $40 Cdn + $2.25 /$100 extra insurance. That's about $30 US. Not a bargain, but not a deal breaker like the present exchange rates. JUst sayin' I'd be looking north of the border for most gear !
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I mentioned this last week to a postal worker here in Canada and she said that could be something to do with the USPS getting bailed out by government. Sounds like they took a deep look at costs and found prices needed to attain positive margins.
Not to come to the defense of the government but, I would wager a bet the U.S.P.S. has been a losing proposition from the get go. The internet has had a devastating effect on their market share. With more & more consumer groups screaming for the govt. to trim the fat & eliminate waste, is it any wonder they raise the rates?

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