Posting small parcels by tracked to anywhere

Discussion in 'International Business' started by -Chris-, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    If sending small parcels, about 0.3 kg and about 15cm x 6cm x 6cm from the UK to the UK, the tracked postal system works well, but how do you track them (as cheaply as possible), when sending from the UK to anywhere else in the world please?
     
    Posted: Feb 9, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  2. DontAsk

    DontAsk UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    With the same tracked postal system, or you can use a parcel/courier company
     
    Posted: Feb 9, 2018 By: DontAsk Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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  3. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Tracked parcel from the UK to the USA via Royal Mail, only tracks it to when it leaves the UK.
     
    Posted: Feb 9, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  4. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    And tracked to USA via eTail-USA tracks all the way, including UK, injection at New York and all stages to your end customer. Your parcel at 300g would be £4.59 - door-to-door. Delivery time 4-5 days.
     
    Posted: Feb 10, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  5. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thanks for that Kevin, that helps. Not a bad price either. Can you organise that in a UK post office?
     
    Posted: Feb 10, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  6. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Chris, no sorry. I should have been a bit clearer - this is not a Royal Mail/Post Office solution, this rate is through a specialist tracked e-postage service to USA that I always recommend to my Clients (I provide e-commerce Consultancy, particular lost savings).

    The Company is called eTail-USA and if you use a search engine then you will find their website with all the details you need in regards to rates and service definition but the search results also show various reviews/feedback about them from UK online sellers who use them to send parcels tracked to USA.

    Hope the above is useful.
     
    Posted: Feb 10, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  7. Paul Carmen

    Paul Carmen UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    @KevinRockett those are very good rates, although there looks like a £5 surcharge for the size of parcels the OP wants to send.

    Apologies if I'm hijacking the thread, but the info on their site is very sketchy, they have no business details, address, phone number etc. Do you use them, how long for & do they insure the product & to what value, as I could only find a limited number of reviews online for them?
     
    Posted: Feb 11, 2018 By: Paul Carmen Member since: Jan 27, 2018
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  8. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Hi Paul,

    First thing to clarify is that there would NOT be a surcharge of £5 on the OPs parcel as the surcharges only kick-in at 9cm or more in thickness of parcel. The OP has quoted dimensions of 15cm X 6cm X 6cm so the parcel would not attract any volumetric surcharges.

    I don't use them myself as I don't sell online myself these days so I have nothing to send to USA. I have around 5 or 6 of my e-consultancy Clients who use them though and they are very happy.

    The main reason I recommend them is that they only have UK online sellers as customers and they were formed by very experienced e-commerce guys who know what is required on the shipping side of selling at Amazon/eBay.

    I think that they are quite different to traditional carriers - for example - they only send tracked parcels to USA (and Canada) and the service is based on a "direct injection" model which means that it can be considered as a US domestic service which helps users of the service get more sales (or at least that is what my Consultancy Clients tell me).

    In terms of reviews/references - the fact that ALL users of this service sell at Amazon/eBay and trust these guys with their feedback/seller performance is a decent level of assurance in itself I would think.
     
    Posted: Feb 11, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  9. Paul Carmen

    Paul Carmen UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    OK, thanks for the feedback, is it an insured delivery service, as a couple of my clients send higher value items & won't send uninsured?
     
    Posted: Feb 11, 2018 By: Paul Carmen Member since: Jan 27, 2018
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  10. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Hi Paul,

    Yes, insurance is included. I think it is £50 as standard per parcel and then extra compensation can be taken but I am not sure on the details of that in terms of cost/cover.

    In the PDF that they have for download at the website that has the prices and service definition in it there is also a page on the audited 2017 delivery performance and it shows 0 claims in 2017.
     
    Posted: Feb 12, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  11. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    It seems from their email, that to take advantage of your quoted rates, you have to send 150 items a week!
     
    Posted: Feb 12, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  12. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Yes, as with Royal Mail and other carrier they deploy volume tiered rates. The "1 to 10 parcels per week" rates they have saves money versus RM "over-the-counter" rates and then the next volume tier saves versus RM business contract rates and so on...

    Savings versus the RM International tracked service at all volume levels which is good but the main reason I recommend them is how specialist e-commerce they are compared to RM and other traditional carriers.

    Saving money versus Royal Mail tracked products is good and important but being in the safe hands of a specialist service to USA run by people who have such background and experience in online selling in particular with Amazon/eBay is just as important in my view.
     
    Posted: Feb 12, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  13. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thanks Kevin. A minimum order of 150 items a week will obviously exclude a lot of people.
     
    Posted: Feb 12, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  14. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    To clarify - there is NO minimum order of 150 items per week to use the eTail-USA service.

    There are no minimum parcel volume requirements at all to use the service.

    The weekly volumes only relate to discounted rates at 4 different tiers of discount but they have users of the service sending just 1 parcel per week.

    I know this as one of my consultancy Clients sends 1 or 2 parcels per week to USA through them, whilst another Clients has over 200 parcels per week.
     
    Posted: Feb 12, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  15. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    This is part of their blurb:

    Collections

    Subject to parcel volumes (typically a min of 150 per week) and your location we can offer FREE timed daily collections. If you would be kind enough to let us know the anticipated parcel volumes per collection and average parcel weight then we would be able to advise on whether FREE collections are possible.

    If you do not have a minimum of 150 parcels per week then you can send in your parcels to us by your own arrangement.
     
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  16. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Hi Chris,

    That text only relates to collections and the volume qualification to get FREE collections.

    The text quoted does not relate to rates offered or any minimum volume of parcels required to use the service.

    So, once again to clarify - there are no minimum quantities required to take advantage of the eTail-USA service - anyone can use it and volumes of parcels per week through the service only affects the rates applied (as per RM VRD and other carriers) and whether the user of the service qualifies for FREE collections from their premises or not.

    Hope the above is useful.
     
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  17. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    It seems a little confusing, but okay, let's see how we do on this. How much would it cost to send one small parcel, about 0.3 kg and about 15cm x 6cm x 6cm, no restricted content, from the UK to the USA, by tracked, signed-for post? Assuming less than 10 a week (for the moment) are sent.
     
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  18. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Hi Chris, if less than 10 parcels per week then that parcel would cost you £5.59 if a Large Letter (less than 30mm in thickness) or £6.09 if a Packet. This is the TOTAL you would pay.

    I will have to sign-off on this thread now as I don't work for eTail-USA, I just recommend them so if you need any more info about the service or want to go ahead to try the service then just contact them directly.

    The contact details are on their website.

    Good luck, hope it works well for you like it does for my Consultancy Clients that use them.
     
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
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  19. -Chris-

    -Chris- UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi Kevin, I did contact them via their website and I got back what I posted earlier today. Just one last thing, if a packet is being sent from the UK to the USA for £6.09, what is the start of the sending process please? Is that packet collected from me for free at home, or do I need to drop it off somewhere locally, still WITHIN the £6.09 price.
     
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: -Chris- Member since: Oct 1, 2009
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  20. DontAsk

    DontAsk UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    As a regular user of "International Tracked", I can assure you the above is not true.

    Royal Mail Track and Trace shows the final delivery time and a link to the USPS tracking info with more detail of it's progress through the US postal system.
     
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: DontAsk Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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