[Zmagnette] Shipping car parts from England

Paul Barrow paul.barrow at centurytel.net
Sat Nov 16 17:14:44 MST 2013



The first thing to clear up is that shipping anything anywhere now is damned
expensive and frankly given the dimensions (not the weight) as I ship and
have stuff shipped to me from all over the world I am not actually surprised
at the prices.  Sadly it is the price of doing business internationally.


OK, now we have that out of the way, let me add a kicker - when it gets here
you will be pleased to note that most imports of these dimensions attract
massive and intrusive Federal investigations.  Yes the Department of
Homeland Insecurity will get in on the deal and they will want to know where
the parts originated from and where all the component pieces originated from
(we all know rubber comes from trees right?? But don’t try telling them that
- they want to know it came from Ceylon!!).  And if you don’t know, the best
answer I have is that to the best of my knowledge and belief it all comes
from the UK.  


If that were all, you would be home and dry 
 but now they want to hose you
too for IMPORT DUTY and will charge you 5 – 10% of not only the cost of the
parts but also the shipping cost to help fund more waste on your behalf 

but this is just the way it is.  Be glad you live in the US and pay it
because in the UK it is 5% then they add 20% VAT (France 25%).  If you pay
the shipping here then it is $0.00 that they have to assess!!


So where to go for a good shipping price – If I am in charge I use
www.parcelflight.co.uk <http://www.parcelflight.co.uk/>  as they are the
best I have come up against.


Hope that answers your question and does so in a light hearted way.




Paul Barrow

153 Clemons Road

Montesano, WA 98563 USA

+1 360 249 5123 Landline

+1 360 500 9389 Cell phone

+1 360 249 3776 Fax

Paul.Barrow at centurytel.net


-----Original Message-----
From: zmagnette-bounces at autox.team.net
[mailto:zmagnette-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Steven Trovato
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2013 3:27 PM
To: zmagnette at autox.team.net
Subject: [Zmagnette] Shipping car parts from England


The short version is, I am trying to figure out 

the best way to have a package shipped to me from 

England to New York.  Read on for the gory details.


About 4 years ago, I purchased an exhaust system 

from NTG.  For comparison, the shipping was 

£62.60 which I was told was the 10 - 15kg 

rate.  I am currently attempting to have 

something shipped to me from a private party in 

the UK.   The package is 127cm x 16cm x 10cm  and 

about 10kg.  I am trying to figure out how to 

have it shipped for a reasonable price.  I don't 

care how slow it is.  I went to the royal mail 

website, which has a link to parcelforce 

worldwide.  This seems to be where you have to go 

to ship things more than 2 kg.  I entered in my 

data and got a quote of  globalvalue service, 5-9 

days, £104.20.  I tried Fedex, which gave me 

crazy quotes > $300 with a footnote that they do 

not offer services from the origin or destination 

city at this time.  Not sure how they can say 

that and still list a price.  DHL came back with 

a message that they won't take a package longer 

than 120cm.  UPS Expedited showed a price of 

£94.71.  I then read about some "freight 

consolidator" services.  I found 

parcel2go.com.  There I got a quote for express 

saver service at £46.40.  Now, that's a little 

more like it.  Does anyone have any experience 

with this service or others like it?  Does anyone 

have any experience with this sort of 

international shipping?  Words of wisdom are 

welcome!  I have bought things from the UK 

before, but it was always from companies.  They 

would tell me the shipping cost and that was 

that.  This is the first time I have had to get 

more involved in the process.  Thanks.


-Steve T.



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