New Postage Rates from USA to AUS

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  1. jcz1

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    I don't know where to post this, but I thought the info was useful enough to endure the wrath of being told that this is not the right place. (Mods - please move to the proper location - thanks!)

    For those in AUS who buy from USA, including via ebay, our postage rates just went up. On the low end, they nearly doubled! Ebay will now charge you a minimum of $13.75 (all rates are in USD) for a 2-ounce package from USA to AUS. :(

    The only good news is that this rate now covers up to 8 ounces (typically 6 1-ounce rounds/coins without capsules). So whenever possible, it makes sense to combine purchases into one shipment. But be careful, because 9 ounces is now $22.75, though that covers up to 32 ounces.

    These rates are for shippers who use First Class International. Ebay also has something called a Global Shipping Program which is typically higher, and includes duties, etc. I don't know much about that because I refuse to use it.

    Hope this info is helpful. If not, my apologies.
     
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    ozcopper Administrator Staff Member

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    This normally wouldn't belong in the trading section but it is relevant so I'm going to make it a sticky for a while.
     
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    I used to send a lot of parcels to Australia (sales and forwarding packages to forum members). The rate increases over the years have destroyed my business with everyone in Australia and other international spots.

    My advice for anyone that purchases frequently from US sellers is to have your items delivered to someone you trust to hold until the shipment is large enough to warrant the cost of shipping on to you. For example, the Small Flat Rate box can be maxed out at 4 lbs (64 oz), and is now $34.95. Only a few years ago this same parcel was $14 to ship.
     
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    Can't remember the last time I ordered 8 ounces from America.
     
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    I've been using the small flat rate box to send items to a customer who piles things up with me until enough accumulates to ship. However, there is a max USD value for that box of $400, so I have been putting 24 ounces in the box. (Back at $16/oz USD this was just under $400 - for silver of course.)

    I worry about customs in USA or AUS opening the box, so I prefer not to lie about the value.
     
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    And international priority mail does not include tracking. For tracking, you have to use priority mail express at a price of $63.50. The governmental solution to everything is to raise fees and taxes. All the USPS is going to accomplish is to reduce business with AU and hasten the end of the USPS.

    jcz1 does the ebay shipping include insurance and tracking?
     
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    well at least there is one ebay user in the states who refuse to use ebay's global shipping program. these days almost everyone uses that from the states which stopped me to buy anything from there..not like I bought so much :p like to keep it locally ;)

    no need to worry,auspost is increasing their prices all the time so everyone suffers everywhere...

    thanks for the info anyway
     
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    Interesting so it's the seller who chooses the global shipping program

    Do they know that it's a ripoff
     
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    At some Las Vegas strip joint? :lol:
     
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    Can I ask - what are the most common companies used for postage from USA to AUS? Is it USPS? UPS? I would like to send back about 12kg to Aus but USPS says that they dont allow bullion. Is there any way around this? The reason I am asking is because I am as Aussie - have a lot of bullion in the US that I am trying to figure out how to get it back to Aus as my hand luggage will already be maxed out.
     
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    I'm not sure if all parcels are now subject to 10%GST... Would they count 9999 BU as GST free?
     

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