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Shipping to Europe-be patient

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I sent a package (lantern) to a gentleman in Germany on July 23 this year. Smooth transaction at the time, as per request basic postage no insurance/tracking. Well 3 months later buyer was concerned that package was lost so we mutually agreed to refund his money. So I was out about $100. Shipping GPAs to European destinations can be risky as some Postal agencies want nothing to do with fueled containers even when empty.
Well today exactly 4 months later the package arrived at destination in excellent shape. We are both happy and finances have been rectified. I really never lost hope that it would arrive..... :cf_waiting:
So the moral of the story.... don't give up...be patient...
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Northman49 wrote: Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:59 pm I sent a package (lantern) to a gentleman in Germany on July 23 this year. Smooth transaction at the time, as per request basic postage no insurance/tracking. Well 3 months later buyer was concerned that package was lost so we mutually agreed to refund his money. So I was out about $100. Shipping GPAs to European destinations can be risky as some Postal agencies want nothing to do with fueled containers even when empty.
Well today exactly 4 months later the package arrived at destination in excellent shape. We are both happy and finances have been rectified. I really never lost hope that it would arrive..... :cf_waiting:
So the moral of the story.... don't give up...be patient...
Ed
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Interesting, I sent a lantern to Ian in Switzerland a couple weeks back. He received it in approximately 10 days.
Maybe it helped that I am in NY and it never had to go through Chicago?

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I had one rattling around in the South African postal system for a year, caused mainly by industrial action and the resulting backlog, eventually it was returned to the original sender who resent it and it arrived in the UK 3 weeks later, phew!
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If shipping from Canada (is that right Ed?) to Europe it might have come by boat (i.e. surface mail) if you did it the cheapest way. That takes forever, I've been there done that and have no fingernails to prove it.

From the US to Europe with USPS 'Priority Mail International' and the correct data on the shipping label so there is no headache at this end in customs, in my experience it takes about 10 - 15 days. If held in customs it'll take a bit longer.
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When I advised the buyer of the shipping rates from Canada he chose the cheapest. We both understood the consequences of delays so we both were "guilty" in the matter. I have a photo of the package...by Air is marked on all labels
I have had only one shipment lost, in the US. It was a free item, buyer paid shipping. I would not try to ship anything at this time of the year.
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Last year I sent a lantern from Victoria, BC to England via airmail. It cost me the same as using Canada Post surface mail and he had it in three or four days. It was pretty quick.

Then England-based collector is the one who told me about the service. I don't actually remember what service I used but I can ask him and let you know.
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Everything is "tracked" it's really a shame that it isn't better utilized to prevent things like this. Part of it no doubt though, is to avoid too much attention placed on those locations where nothing moves for weeks at a time. Don't want people asking too many questions.
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Stovie wrote: Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:44 pm Everything is "tracked" it's really a shame that it isn't better utilized to prevent things like this. Part of it no doubt though, is to avoid too much attention placed on those locations where nothing moves for weeks at a time. Don't want people asking too many questions.
you mean places like chicago. The land where packages go to be lost. I have so many things get hung up in chicago for weeks.
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Hi Ed, here my side of the story.
You suggested this shipment rate primarily. And I think we were both confident, it would arrive as usual in expected times....
Turned out different....

Waiting for Godot, or a Canada Coleman 335 after 4 months

Sometimes i wonder what parcel service business is about.
22.7. a parcel was shipped from Canada by Canada Post.
Full and exact to the day 4 (four) months later on
22.11. the parcel was delivered by DHL to my home in Germany.
Parcel untouched, unopened, no customs charge. ???

What the heck did they do about this ??
Did they ship it via a sail yacht across the Atlantic ??
Or a detour bypass the ISS ??
Engaged smugglers to bring it cross the borders??

Ok. After some minor fettling and optimizations, it now runs bright as hell.
See pics

And i also want to thank the fellow collector from this forum, who offered it to me, and was patient enough to believe in final delivery.
Next time i will pay the extra to get it delivered in days, instead of months....

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I hate these stories.

Here is one of mine shipped October 26th to Japan:

Nov 3, 2021
12:12am
ORIGIN AIRLINE CARRIER DEPARTED/UPLIFT
San Francisco, US
Oct 29, 2021
7:07pm
ORIGIN AIRLINE CARRIER DEPARTED/UPLIFT
Los Angeles, US
Oct 29, 2021
4:16pm
ACCEPTED BY ORIGIN AIRLINE CARRIER
Los Angeles, US
Oct 29, 2021
1:16am
PROCESSED THROUGH FACILITY
ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS), 90009
Oct 29, 2021
1:16am
PROCESSED THROUGH FACILITY
ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS), 90009
Oct 29, 2021
1:14am
ARRIVED AT FACILITY
ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS), 90009
Oct 29, 2021
1:14am
PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
LOS ANGELES CA INTERNATIONAL DI, 90009
Oct 29, 2021
1:14am
ARRIVED AT FACILITY
ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS), 90009
Oct 29, 2021
1:14am
PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
LOS ANGELES CA INTERNATIONAL DI, 90009
Oct 26, 2021
1:34am
PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
KENT, WA 98035
Oct 26, 2021
1:34am
PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
KENT, WA 98035
Oct 26, 2021
1:33am
PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
KENT, WA 98035
Oct 26, 2021
1:33am
PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
KENT, WA 98035
Oct 25, 2021
9:04pm
PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
SEATTLE WA DISTRIBUTION CENTER, 98168
Oct 25, 2021
7:49pm
ORIGIN ACCEPTANCE
SEATTLE, WA 98188
Oct 25, 2021
9:38am
SHIPPING LBL CREATED USPS AWAITS ITEM
SEATTLE, WA 98188
Oct 25, 2021
9:39am
Tracking number provided

Three weeks and no idea where it is athough USPS states expected delivery will be November 30th.

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