I've (over many years) sent many packages (just about anything you can think of) to the UK and Ireland via the US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx ... all with return receipt requested as that gave 'both of us' the ability to track a package. Ya, Ya cost another couple of bucks, but worth the few $$.
In the reverse, I've ordered up from several UK/Ireland based vendors 'stuff' that just isn't (or at least I couldn't find) a US source for same.
Either way, NOT A HITCH. Zero, Nada, Nothing went wrong. Longest 'trans-shipment from me to your side of the Pond was 8 days to hit your fair shores. Why eight? I forgot we had a three day National Holiday coming up.
Usual from my hand to the 'Greater UK' was 4 or 5 days max; it may take a few more days for actual delivery, but from shore to shore it was damned near 'over-night' via the tracking number(s).
But back on point: "No foreign orders." No clue what the fellow is/was thinking. Postage is a bit more, but that could easily be added to the 'price.'
Edit: Guess the fellow loves the rod too much to sell same? :>)