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Shiping to Canada - now UK


#1

Hi,

On a similar theme - has anyone any experience of shipping valuable
items between the US and the UK? I have been approached by a
potential customer in California to do work on some valuable watches
for him but I don’t seem able to find any convenient way to to ship
them. In the past the work I have done for US customers has always
been hand delivered and collected by them while of business trips
here but this isn’t an option in this case. I have looked at the
obvious carriers but none of them seem willing to insure packages for
more than 500UKP and I need safe transport for items of probably 10
times that value. Obviously, at the same time, this needs to be
cost-effective which may rule out personal courier. Any suggestions
are very welcome…

Best Wishes
Ian
Ian W. Wright
Sheffield UK


#2

Hello Ian,

has anyone any experience of shipping valuable items between the
US and the UK?

I know how reckless this sounds. But I mail work to the UK uninsured
and it gets there just fine most of the time. Only one package lost
in 8 years, usually mailing 5 to 10 parcels a year. Most of the
parcels are declared value $200 to $400. Do the math. If the cost of
insured parcel post air or FedEx adds 10% to the cost, and the
actual risk of loosing a package is 2% or less, it costs less to
loose the odd package now and then. Half the time the tax collectors
let the parcel pass for free, which is also a savings.

If the work is irreplacable, that risk may be too much and I
probably would not ship something worth more than $1000 that way.
Insured parcel post air is the way to go if you use the post office.

I wish I could ship to Canada as easily. Sad to say about 20% go
missing to Canada.

Stephen Walker