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Old Sep 05, 2014, 03:57 PM
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Hey All,

I need to ship a Ziroli F4U fiberglass fuse and some goodies to Australia. The box would be 52"x18"x15" and weigh in at around 10 pounds.

Fedex and UPS want around $900 USD. USPS say's it's to big.

Whats the best and cheapest method?

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Old Sep 05, 2014, 04:51 PM
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Call Soaring USA,they will be able to advise
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Old Sep 05, 2014, 05:20 PM
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Hi Larry, ...

Thanks for the response, ... I called, ... with their discount, ... they want $539.00

Whit these import shipping cost for Australians, ... you would think they would have every business know to man kind going to eliminate the need for ANY and ALL imports, ... or the Australian public would DEMAND for it's current cost to change.

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I sent a 2xAAA flashlight back to China for warranty repairs (a $70 light) and UPS and FedEx wanted over $90 to ship. USPS ended up a bit over $6 for a 1 x 9" cardboard tube.

If that same volume was multiplied to fill the space of your F4U, that'd be a lot of flashlights filling up that huge box!

Out of curiosity, what IS the biggest and/or heaviest that USPS will ship?
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Old Sep 05, 2014, 07:46 PM
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you would think they would have every business know to man kind going to eliminate the need for ANY and ALL imports
I'd imagine getting things in a container are probably more economical on a per item basis.

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Old Sep 05, 2014, 08:25 PM
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Not sure if TNT can help you or not. Give them a call and see. They are worldwide but I believe they are HQ'd out of Australia.

http://www.tnt.com/express/en_us/site/home.html
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Old Sep 05, 2014, 11:09 PM
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Hi Larry, ...

Thanks for the response, ... I called, ... with their discount, ... they want $539.00

Whit these import shipping cost for Australians, ... you would think they would have every business know to man kind going to eliminate the need for ANY and ALL imports, ... or the Australian public would DEMAND for it's current cost to change.

Regards
Bill
That's not bad. 10 years ago I was paying $560 to ship an A-10 kit, ( 24"X24"X72" and 35 pounds) to Perth via Emory Air Freight.
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Old Sep 05, 2014, 11:36 PM
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Have you tried calling Qantas freight? I spoke to them earlier this year and was quoted just under $200 to ship a slightly larger package than yours (glider) to Australia (Sydney), however, was then told they would only take take packages from the general public at their LAX office. If LA airport is not too inconvenient for you, it could be worth a phone call to check?
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Old Sep 06, 2014, 01:19 AM
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That is absolutely phenomenal!

I didn't realise it costs so much to ship things? And yet most of the products you buy will have been shipped from half way round the world already
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Old Sep 06, 2014, 02:50 AM
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I would think airfreight is always expensive. By sea would be cheaper but of course much slower- you make a choice and pay for that choice.
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I've heard of people that are having cars shipped from the US to Australia will sometimes also load up the cars with packages to save on the individual shipping charges.

Might contact a reputable overseas car shipping company and see if this is a possibility.
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That is absolutely phenomenal!

I didn't realise it costs so much to ship things? And yet most of the products you buy will have been shipped from half way round the world already
The thing is, all frequent/big shippers have accounts with companies such as FX and UPS, and receive deep discounts because of their volume. It's then left to the individual shipper to pay the exorbitant "published" rates.

The Qantas idea is one I never considered. Certainly worth a look.
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Old Sep 06, 2014, 09:59 AM
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I sent a 2xAAA flashlight back to China for warranty repairs (a $70 light) and UPS and FedEx wanted over $90 to ship. USPS ended up a bit over $6 for a 1 x 9" cardboard tube.

If that same volume was multiplied to fill the space of your F4U, that'd be a lot of flashlights filling up that huge box!

Out of curiosity, what IS the biggest and/or heaviest that USPS will ship?
Depends on its destination. A few years ago, I sold a sailplane kit to a guy in Korea. Turns out it was just a shade oversize for what they would ship to Korea (not sure whether its USPS rules, or Korean rules), and the only other option was FX or UPS at several hundred dollars. Had to refund the guy's money, and sold it to a domestic buyer. There was no issue shipping it domestically by USPS.

Rates vary wildly depending on destination as well. I sold a kit to a guy in Slovenia. Not a big kit either, box was under 30" long, around 10 wide and 2 high, and less than 5 lbs. Shipping was over 50 bucks. The same box, if shipped to Sweden, would have cost about 18 bucks.
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Shipping from US & UK has always been pretty nasty for Australians. Once you get over 40" long the shipping costs go through the roof as it becomes oversize freight & you pay through the nose.

The flip side is shipping from China & Hongkong is peanuts here & fairly fast so long as it doesn't come by Singpost (add 30-40 days).
As for manufacturing in Australia, our illustrious leaders have managed to all but wipe it out with fair trade deals with Asia meaning local business can't compete.

If you go the shipping container route, make sure you pack it well. I have friends in the car import business & lets just say not all containers spend the whole trip the right way up.

Try businesses that ship cars overseas. They are constantly sending stuff to Australia. They may piggyback your package for a smaller fee.
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Hi Larry, ...

Thanks for the response, ... I called, ... with their discount, ... they want $539.00

Whit these import shipping cost for Australians, ... you would think they would have every business know to man kind going to eliminate the need for ANY and ALL imports, ... or the Australian public would DEMAND for it's current cost to change.

Regards
Bill
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I've heard of people that are having cars shipped from the US to Australia will sometimes also load up the cars with packages to save on the individual shipping charges.

Might contact a reputable overseas car shipping company and see if this is a possibility.
Wish I had thought of that...
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