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Swisspost PostPac International

Hey everyone

I am currently getting ready to leave Switzerland, and because I'm selling as much of my stuff as humanly possible, I won't have enough to stuff to warrant hiring a moving company (I asked and I was given a quote of 3-4 thousand francs) so sending what I have left back to Ireland via Swisspost's PostPac International service seems like the least expensive option. (UPS, DHL, FedEX et al. were also in the six to eight hundred Franc range)

That said, my questions is how does it actually work, the English version of swisspost website doesn't seem to be too heavy on information.
Things like:
Can I use my own boxes, or must I use the swisspost ones?
Must I bring the boxes to a post office, or can they be collected from my flat?
Do I have to create a waybill beforehand?

If anyone has had any experience with using this service and could advise me on what needs to be done, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 26.05.2015, 23:16
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Re: Swisspost PostPac International

I will literally be doing this tomorrow.

You can get moving boxes at Jumbo, rated for various kg amounts. Once I talked the handle holes shut, the Post said they would be acceptable.

Since you're taking the handle holes shut, I found the 25 kg boxes to be ideal.

You'll have to bring them to the Post.

There are way bills on the Post website

https://www.mypostbusiness.ch/portal/?login&lang=en

Actually post.ch/frachtbrief is probably better

25 kg to Ireland is around 80 chf with economy shipping.

https://www.post.ch/en/post-startsei...iness-zone.pdf

https://www.post.ch/en/post-startsei...rtcut_info-int


Just ask for the post package service to Ireland, they can give you the right brochure and highlight all the critical bits

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Re: Swisspost PostPac International

Hi Leggat, I am considering this option for my relocation back to the US. How much did the cardboard boxes from Jumbo cost you?

Also, is it possible to send travel luggage instead of cardboard boxes? (I came to Switzerland back when airline tickets from America allowed for 2 checked luggage instead of the current 1, so I brought the max allowed.)
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Re: Swisspost PostPac International

This may be old, but this may help others:

Cross the border and ship from Germany to other EU countries with DHL. It's almost half the price and no customs once you cross. Also it's a lot cheaper to ship to North America.

Using Swiss post is expensive, you can use your own boxes so long as they stay within 100x60x60cm Just be sure that you fill out the forms they give you at the post office correctly. They're happy to give you the forms you need in advance so you can fill them out at home.

Be sure to fill out the customs forms in the destination's language!

TIP: Postage time, generally priority is on time, maybe 1-2 days late, but I find Economy is often double the quoted time. it says 8-12 days to Canada...often it takes around 20 days to arrive.
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