shipping clothing/suitcases from Europe to the USA

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  1. wonderguy
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    Any suggestions on how to ship low value but nevertheless must-ship stuff to the US? Hope I'm not posting in the wrong place.

    It can take 6 weeks to arrive, doesn't matter.

    Thanks!
     
  2. HiIslands
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    I just went to the neighborhood post office in a small town in Germany. They gave me a very sturdy box and the necessary customs forms. In went parkas, sweaters, books, maps, CD's. They even gave me the tape to seal the box. In several weeks the box was delivered to my home. Couldn't have been easier.
     
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    From many countries, you can mail books very cheaply; sometimes the same is true for printed matter.
     
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    these are clothes mostly
     
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    I don't know where in Europe you're referring to, but I've mailed boxes of dirty clothes home from Italy a couple of times. The cheapest way was through the post office, although it took a month for the box to arrive. The more expensive (but much faster) way was through Mailboxes Etc.
     
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    France or Spain. Thanks!
     
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    I'd recommend just going to the postoffice and shipping by sea.

    The big tip is to split the "printed matter" from everything else as this travels at a different much cheaper rate in most of Europe. Printed matter includes books, magazines, etc but nothing personalized. I.e if you put a letter in the box it's not printed matter anymore.
     
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    Sometimes FedEx works as a quick and easy solution that you can leave with your hotel's reception desk or business center. Bring the tough thin envelopes (not the boxes) and labels with you, especially if you have an account with a good discount.
     
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    Some European countries request that you not seal the packages until you show them for inspection at the post office.
     

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