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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Shipping from US to Australia

I was quite surprised by the cost of shipping relatively small items from the US to Australia. In rough numbers, the best I could find from the usual suspects for something less that a cubic foot and less than 3 lbs was the USPS at about $35. Less than 4 lbs jumps to ~$52 minimum. 20lbs? Somewhere between $200 and $350. Now it is half way across the globe but still, seems high. USPS does have two flat rate boxes up to 10lbs? but the largest of the two only has a height of only 2". Flat rates are $37 by the way. Anyway before I pulled the trigger at $35, I thought I'd ask.
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Did you try DHL? I've used them a number of times for international shipments (inbound to the US) and they are quite reasonable.

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Yep, our Christmas present shipping costs.....you don’t want to know!

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My experience over the last 15yrs has been similar. Shipping from the US to Australia is almost always twice what it is from Europe or the UK. So I buy there. Which is a pity as there’s quite a lot of good stuff for older Alfa’s in the USA, s#hits me if I am honest.

No idea why it’s more expensive, but it definitely is.
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I did a search and found a company that consolidates shipments. they picked up and combined it with other shipments so had a bulk rate. a bit of a pain at this end but was still cheaper. I can't quite recall their name at the moment.

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I ship a lot of items overseas. Shipping goes by air out of the USA by all the shippers (USPS/Fed-Up/UPS)

Is DHL operating in the USA? I had a customer arrange shipping for a pair of V6 heads from Switzerland and his cost was $850.00, via DHL, vs $1,200.00 at Fed-up. It was picked up by Fed-Up!!

My cost from Fed-Up was $1,300.00 to ship a 4 cyl head to Au. Customer arranged shipping from a Fed-Up subsidiary over there for under $200.00!

USPS refused a large flat rate box with 6 cams in it going to Switzerland. Too heavy at 19 lbs. Ended up costing me $519.00 at Fed-Up.. Had I put each pair in a separate flat rate box shipping would have been $97.00 for each Flat Rate box at UPS. Customer had paid 300.00 for shipping so I ate the difference.

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Dang, next time you need to ship a cylinder head to Australia, let me know. I'll fly over there and pack it in my luggage!

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I ship a lot of items overseas. Shipping goes by air out of the UPS by all the shippers (USPS/Fed-Up/UPS)

Is DHL operating in the USA? I had a customer arrange shipping for a pair of V6 heads from Switzerland and his cost was $850.00, via DHL, vs $1,200.00 at Fed-up. It was picked up by Fed-Up!!

My cost from Fed-Up was $1,300.00 to ship a 4 cyl head to Au. Customer arranged shipping from a Fed-Up subsidiary over there for under $200.00!

USPS refused a large flat rate box with 6 cams in it going to Switzerland. Too heavy at 19 lbs. Ended up costing me $519.00 at Fed-Up.. Had I put each pair in a separate flat rate box shipping would have been $97.00 for each Flat Rate box at UPS. Customer had paid 300.00 for shipping so I ate the difference.

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Often times it's cheaper for me to have things shipped from UK and Germany than from the US. And I live 1hr away from the border!
Good thing the US domestic market is so massive that vendors and couriers can survive on in-country consumers. Because they are not exactly competitive with the rest of the world.
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Shipping out of Germany can be expensive for large bulky items.

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If a vendor ships out large volumes of product, some shippers offer discounted prices to them. I know DHL offers such deals to customers.....I'm guessing that's why Classic Alfa can ship out with DHL at very reasonable prices (and with incredibly fast service to boot). What also helps in my case is that I live about 30 minutes from the airport that DHL flies into from the UK.....its a WIN WIN deal.


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