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homeland security and shipping

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Joan Berkwitz on thu 23 dec 04


I have shipments arrive from Britain all the time, so do many of my =
friends, and we have never had one actually opened by customs. The =
shippers are using Parcel Force and we rarely have breakage, either. =
They are very delicate bone china figurines, usually bisque, not even =
double boxed. They are wrapped in bubble wrap, cushioned in styrofoam =
peanuts, and in double walled boxes. I have rarely been charged customs =
upon delivery, even when the value was declared as $150 BP. Parcel Force =
gives you a tracking number, too, and it is very useful. You can see =
just where your package is at all times.=20

Parcel Force hands them off to our USPS, who delivers them normally. And =
Parcel Force is much less expensive. So for a shipper originating in =
Britain, Parcel Force is a reasonable alternative.

(I have had at least twenty packages via Parcel Force in the last three =
years, for what it's worth)
Joanie

Anne Webb on thu 30 dec 04


i guess i missed the original email but to add kind of semi OT
me auntie sent me her traditional christmas fruitcake from newfoundland.
newfoundland to alabama. hmmmm... i guess there are riskier destinations eh?
it came regular mail too. (the postmaster said "oh you got a package from
overseas!" ..."its from canada, not overseas" mind you this is the same
person who called canada "canadia" a couple of years back)
the package remains intact as she had sent it. hoping it will be the same
with the package i am going to send up to my dad west of montreal. anne

>From: Joan Berkwitz
>Reply-To: Clayart
>To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
>Subject: Homeland Security and shipping
>Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 14:38:51 -0800
>
>I have shipments arrive from Britain all the time, so do many of my
>friends, and we have never had one actually opened by customs. The shippers
>are using Parcel Force and we rarely have breakage, either. They are very
>delicate bone china figurines, usually bisque, not even double boxed. They
>are wrapped in bubble wrap, cushioned in styrofoam peanuts, and in double
>walled boxes. I have rarely been charged customs upon delivery, even when
>the value was declared as $150 BP. Parcel Force gives you a tracking
>number, too, and it is very useful. You can see just where your package is
>at all times.
>
>Parcel Force hands them off to our USPS, who delivers them normally. And
>Parcel Force is much less expensive. So for a shipper originating in
>Britain, Parcel Force is a reasonable alternative.
>
>(I have had at least twenty packages via Parcel Force in the last three
>years, for what it's worth)
>Joanie
>
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