|Forum topic by rcs47||posted 06-11-2010 04:06 AM||13224 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
06-11-2010 04:06 AM
Hi all…I’m looking for feedback/ideas on how you have shipped items from the USA (CA in my case) to Europe. I have a rocking hippo that I’ve built for a Great Nephew that I need to send to Germany. His brother and sister already have a rocking horse and elephant they received while they lived in San Francisco.
Unfortunately, the size of the hippo makes it too large to be shipped by the USPS (the cheapest way to ship). If I had checked before I built it, I would have adjusted the plans.
I’ve made a crate for the hippo. The final size is 39” x 27” x 15”, and weighs 48 pounds.
The cost to ship Fedex, DHL, and UPS are all very high.
I have found three alternative ways to ship so far:
UPS freight – Less than half the normal UPS shipping rate if it doesn’t need to be there within 3 days, and you can use this service if the package is less than 151 pounds.
International Parcel Services – http://ipsparcel.com/ -You use their high volume to get discount DHL shipping. Has anyone used this service? Were/are you happy with the service?
NEX Worldwide Express – http://www.shipnex.com/ – From what I’ve seen on their website, it looks like they use their own transportation, not DHL, UPS, or Fedex. Has anyone used this service? Were/are you happy with the service?
Are there any other services that you have used? Were/are you happy with the service?
The things you do for family…
Thanks for any help you can give.
-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.