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Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Hi,

We're moving back to the US and will only have 5 boxes (albeit BIG boxes). Shipping companies seem to deal with much larger companies. Anyone have recommendations for small amounts? I looked at the Excess Baggage Company but their reviews are mixed.

SwissPost is the cheapest but it will probably arrive too SOON as we will be traveling between the move. USPS probably won't store our boxes until we get there. Looked at having a friend pick them up, this is possible but as we won't have been "repatriated", and we might get charged duty. Anyone with experience with this?
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

One possible option is USPS general delivery. You ship it to a specific post office as "General Delivery", the post office holds it for 30 days, and you can pick it up at any time with ID. Read the caveats about medium/large post offices as not all handle general delivery - you'll probably have to call to check.
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Hi,

We're moving back to the US and will only have 5 boxes (albeit BIG boxes). Shipping companies seem to deal with much larger companies. Anyone have recommendations for small amounts? I looked at the Excess Baggage Company but their reviews are mixed.

SwissPost is the cheapest but it will probably arrive too SOON as we will be traveling between the move. USPS probably won't store our boxes until we get there. Looked at having a friend pick them up, this is possible but as we won't have been "repatriated", and we might get charged duty. Anyone with experience with this?
Just out of curiosity, could you post some of the data you found? Meaning how big are the boxes and how much is SwissPost charging vs. what USPS is charging. In a similar boat, so would be great to leverage your research. Thank you.
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Old 13.09.2013, 13:21
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Hi,

Thanks ivan37, I will investigate this option, and I will post my finding here when i figure it out.

@sdgarguilo - my boxes are 120x43x43cm (30x17x17 inches), I bought them in US for moving here, they are the max size that USPS allows. Unfortunately, they are considered bulky by SwissPost. But I still want to use them because they are doubled walled, heavy duty shipping boxes.

Swiss Post will ship up to 30 kg, in a 100x60x60 box, for 164 CHF per box. That includes insurance for up to 1000 CHF per box with some exceptions (electronics). Pay an additional 15 CHF "Bulky item" fee per box = 179/box. (all this detail is on SwissPosts website, in English).

From another thread on EF, you can buy boxes here:
http://inka-shop.ch/de/Verpackungsma...-HOeHE-2wellig
or apparently OBI has them and some moving companies will sell them to you. But I don't know anything about these 2 options, just repeating what I read in another EF post.
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

I said I would reply to my post...but I currently only have 1/2 an answer. I talked to USPS about General Delivery. There are no rules against sending big boxes or boxes from outside of the US. The only thing that might be a problem according to their policies is if there is a "volume" issue. But the person I talked to said I needed to set it up with the post office that I wanted to send my boxes to. I called them too but they never answer the phone.
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

hi , dont know if you still looking but i am currently quoting for shipping to usa also, and so far the best quotes i have goten are from
excess bagage company and Spediteam AG with pick up door service until usa destination airport.
041612849800. hope this helps.
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Nubesita that is the best answer i've read so far!
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

I just shipped my boxes today, cost 164chf each box (~28kg each). I sent them to a friend, had to do some extra paperwork for US customs so they could pick them up.
I got quotes from excess baggage too, but they had bad reviews online. Don't know about Spediteam AG.
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

You could have just taken them with you on the plane. I brought 8 extra boxes with me from Canada on BA when I moved here. It was cheaper than shipping and I had the stuff when I arrived. I had a porter meet me at the airport in Toronto, then the customs allowed my wife to come into the baggage arrival area in Basel to get them out to the waiting van. I am still surprised that she was allowed to come into that area without any ID, but it was convenient.
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Hi,
Someone PMed me about this and I thought I'd share what I've learned

I shipped my boxes about 2 weeks ago. Everything went well. I shipped my boxes via Swiss Post, each cost 164chf (it is a flat rate for 30kgs), all of mine were ~28kg. Swiss post makes it pretty clear on their end I think I shared a link above, but just search the Swiss Post website, it is all there. On the US side, download the USCBP customs form 3299, fill it in, print and sign it then make copies). http://forms.cbp.gov/pdf/CBP_Form_3299.pdf. Have swiss post include this form in the plastic envelope they stick on the box.
IF YOU ARE A US CITIZEN you can have someone else pick the boxes up for you. If you are not a citizen your boxes cannot arrive before you so it is best to have a shipping company that will store them for you into you officially arrive.
If you are having someone else pick the boxes up for you in the US you need to give them:
a notorized letter that says that you authorize them to pick them up
an Itemized list of all goods entering the U.S.
Copy of you legal status in the U.S. (such as; US Passport; Immigrant documents; LPR Card; US visa etc...)
copy of CBP Form 3299 is required.
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...sehold-effects

My boxes are in currently in transit, they have arrived in the US but not left their port of entry, but I only sent them ~10 days ago. so I cannot fully report on their successful arrival. In a worst case senario, they keep them in customs for 2 weeks and I will be in the US by then and can deal with it. (after 2 weeks they store them but charge you for storage, after 6 months they would be destroyed), but I"m pretty sure that won't happen.
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Thanks, that's really useful!
My husband and I are in the same boat and are thinking of driving to Germany to ship the boxes--it's 87 euros for 30kgs, so a bit cheaper. Does anyone know of a reason not to do that? It will all be used, personal possession, (e.g, clothing, books) so I don't think we should have to pay customs to bring them into Germany, but I don't know. Does anyone know more than me?

Also, why do you have to be a citizen to have someone else pick them up? Is there an advantage to mailing the boxes to yourself, rather than mailing them to a friend or relative so that they can pick them up for you?

Thanks in advance for any tips from more experiences EFers!
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Hi cranky_expat,

If you can mail them to yourself that is the best thing to do, much easier than mailing them to someone else. You just have to be there to pick them up. As we were traveling we could not. You still have to fill in the customs form.

You need to be a citizen because they were trying to avoid illegal immigration. If they didn't have this rule anyone could ship their stuff and then go the us as a tourist and never leave.

Most of our boxes have arrived without any problems, they were delivered to our friends house with no customs issues. We have one box that hasn't been delivered but I can see by tracking that it is just at the main sorting area and another that swiss Post lost the label on. I think this is very uncommon and so far Swiss post has been good about trying to figure out what happened to it.
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Thanks, that's really useful!
My husband and I are in the same boat and are thinking of driving to Germany to ship the boxes--it's 87 euros for 30kgs, so a bit cheaper. Does anyone know of a reason not to do that? It will all be used, personal possession, (e.g, clothing, books) so I don't think we should have to pay customs to bring them into Germany, but I don't know. Does anyone know more than me?

Also, why do you have to be a citizen to have someone else pick them up? Is there an advantage to mailing the boxes to yourself, rather than mailing them to a friend or relative so that they can pick them up for you?

Thanks in advance for any tips from more experiences EFers!

Hello crancy_expat,
I was just wondering if you ended up shipping from Germany? I was thinking of doing the same. Did you have any problems crossing the border? Any suggestions?
Thanks!
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Hi,

just to continue with this thread - have a friend who is leaving Zurich for the US and has a similar situation, only posting a couple of boxes. His situation is that he is an EU citizen with a H1B visa.

Does anyone know what the correct order/procedure is with regards to the customs declaration for the goods that are being shipped - as these would be considered part of household goods. In order for him not to pay import tax into the US does he need to get a customs declaration form signed and placed with the goods or is there a different procedure which can be done at the post office with his 'leaving' documents?

Many thanks for you help.

G
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Go across the border and ship French post. I have been told its cheaper than Swiss post. Does anyone know the cost?
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

I never really trust any French post system. It lost my package with value 1260euro and only paid me back 68 euro. I always use the german post. It is fast with great quality.

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I never really trust any French post system. It lost my package with value 1260euro and only paid me back 68 euro. I always use the german post. It is fast with great quality.
Let me guess...did you only take 68 euros of insurance?
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Re: Moving & shipping small amount back to the US

Hi,

Im moving back to the usa and wanted to know if there is a place where we could donate furniture, clothing, etc...
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Im moving back to the usa and wanted to know if there is a place where we could donate furniture, clothing, etc...
Yes. But not always they will accept everything you want to donate. So then you have to take it to the recycling center, or pay to have it picked up.
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Try the local brockenhaus, charity shops and see if you have an HIOB store near you. www.hiob.ch
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