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Old 18-03-2014, 13:09   #16
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Re: Mail forwarding, residency

Originally Posted by Canibul View Post
No no no. I don't want mail forwarding at all. Useless to me. Nobody sends us mail anymore at our insistance. Doesn't work here from the US. Most of it disappears. We do get a few christmas cards in May. But a package with something good in it? forget it. I won't even try any more. I tried for five years. Doesn't matter what I put on the envelope. I could draw a map on it, and the USPS will still send it to Europe, where it gets lost. Or so I assume, from the pieces we have eventually received and the stamps on the wrapper. A friend in New Zealand sent me a CD, which never arrived. He sent another one six months later. It did arrive, in perfect shape, and it only took five months. Forget that.

I am trying to find a company that specializes in forwarding courier packages. If I have stuff shipped to them, they then will consolidate and reship via Fed Ex or UPS. I can combine several shipments into one and it saves a lot of money. Five 1 lb. packages are a LOT more to ship that one 5 lb. package. Only one clearance fee here, too. Fed Ex charges $ 25 per shipment in addition to the customs duties.

And yes, Fed Ex and UPS will deliver all over the world. That's not the problem. The problem is that many vendors in the US are clueless and won't even try to ship internationally. So I need the US shipping address. I do NOT need a US mail address.
Canibul, this is exactly why places like SBI are in existence. When I was doing it, I knew for a given country whether UPS, FedEx, or DHL would be the best option. In XYZ country, the FedEx customs people might have a better relationship with the authorities than DHL and I got to know that. I still would ask the customer to survey the anchorage and find out what was working best at that particular time. I only used mail if the customer insisted, and I told them if they never received it, I had warned them. Almost no one used international mail more than once.

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Old 19-03-2014, 06:45   #17
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Re: Mail forwarding, residency

SBI seems to have a good rep in the cruising and RV communities. Electronic viewing is a big plus for me. Some people may be a bit sensitive to that service though.

You could also try something like Expat Exchange - Expats - Moving Overseas - International Living - International Jobs - Expatriate which will let you do a location based enquiry on a number of topics, including mail forwarding.

There are forums, lots of articles, etc.

I have no affiliation with them, just found them while doing my own search.

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