New Zealand Shipping

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GRASSNGLASS
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New Zealand Shipping

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I recently lost the sale of a $280 book because of shipping charges.

After packageing the book as lightly as possible I checked with UPS, FedEx and our Post Office. The cheapest I could find was just shy of $80.

Am I missing something here. Is there a more reasonable way to ship to NZ?

In the past I've shipped rods and reels to and from with no where near these insane prices.

Any recommendations to alternate shipping appreciated.

Thanks,
Barry

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Had an 8 x10 paperback book shipped from Australia to me back in sept. 30.00 book, shipping was 16.00. Took 6 or 7 weeks, and I doubt it was insured. Tracked? Doubt it. Fyi. It came to me through us mail, with private shipping markings of some such. So if you require tracking, insurance, etc, 80.00 May be +/- reasonable

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I had a book shipped from NZ couple months ago also. Total with price of a nice book was $55. Don't know what's going on.

This wasn't insured and I didn't ask about tracking.

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Barry, there are lots of problems with parcel delivery in the Antipodes at the moment - it all comes back to COVID. NZ is showing, especially on the North Island, that the virus is far from under control (today, for example, Air NZ cancelled 1,000 flights to Australia leading up to Christmas). You could look at companies such as Fed Ex but the costs are likely to be even higher.

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DeJoy has cancelled so much mail service to Australia that I was wondering if the NZ mail normally headed through Australia first. Of course just a guess.

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Not saying it would for sure be cheaper, but for international, I always start with DHL. It usually is less expensive. Worth a shot next time.

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Thanks for the information.

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Right now I don't think I'd try to send anything to Australia. Last couple of packages took a month or more. Now I have a package to send to The Netherlands and we'll see how that one goes. Would like it there before Christmas but won't make any bets on it.

Sorry, I know these countries were not in OP but just mentioning since Australia I've dealt with sadly and The Netherlands is a new one for me.

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I am in the book business and a book weighing less than 5 pounds would cost $14.40 to New Zealand. This would be the standard international book rate to NZ via USPS. A problem is that most local post offices have little experience shipping books overseas. You may have to go to the main post office in a large city to find someone with the experience in shipping books overseas. COVID may be an issue with the transit time but not the cost.

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WoW, I went to several places and couldn't get closer than five times that.

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Barry

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