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USPS Express Mail International

Recheck USPS. It should not cost you more than $110 USD insured. I've had frames shipped from the East Coast to Shanghai, same zone as Taiwan for USPS. One cost about $65 and the other about $100. USPS is also linked to EMS which is the preferred carrier in Asia s they're associated with most of the Sovereign postal carriers.

Make sure you check the box size but it's generally not a problem.
 

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USPS are inconsistent

If you go to their site, they will specify the aggregate measure. Your box should be fine, either print out the stuff from their site or try another USPS office.

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Thanks for the suggestion, but that was what USPS initially proposed until they measured the box (8x19x37 inches). It apparently exceeds the length (or girth, I forget which).

GobaI Express would've worked out fine, but (again, because of box dimensions) they rate it at 34 lbs. even though it weighs just under 11 lbs., so the cost went from $155 to $280.

From what I understand shipping it as 'baggage' via commercial air is risky because of what they call 'limited liability' for fragile items. I don't think the buyer would accept that risk.
 

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That's too bad. I had a frame shipped from Taiwan a few years ago to Massachusetts and it set me back $60USD. Shipped via EMS which uses USPS on the US end.

I just checked the box which a frame was shipped using USPS from Massachusetts to Shanghai for about $110USD and it was 36x29x6. That's a total of 106" under the 108" max for Global Express Guaranteed for Taiwan from the East Coast. Assuming a total weight of 10 lbs, the charge, excluding insurance, is $147.25.

http://pe.usps.gov/text/imm/tz_001.htm

Admitedly, USPS are extremely inconsistent when it comes to measuring and what constitutes the maximum as well as which service to charge. The less they have to look up, the better off you are as a general statement.

The customs form is one piece and pretty easy. Always indicate that the VAT or GST plus Import duty is for the account of the buyer. None of that is your problem and is due upon collection/delivery from buyer.

I say it's too bad as someone who buys from US sellers and lives offshore, six years in the UK and the last five in Asia, PRC and Singapore. I'm willing to pay the cost and have more than once helped the seller on what needs to be done and the cheapest method.

European, Asian and Pacific sellers are not an issue as they're quite used to dealing outside of their home countries. Biggest issue is Australia where the Post is known for extremely high rates and extreme size restrictions.

In Europe, UPS and FedEx are viable options cost wise but in Asia, from the US, they're non-starters. Well, just some thoughts and hope you reconsider.

PJ352 said:
I've pretty much resigned myself to that fact, so I refunded the buyers money and will repost my ad with a note that I won't ship overseas. Even if the buyer was willing to pay the $280, I'm no longer willing to fill out the paperwork (customs forms, etc.).

All this doesn't even touch on the fact that there are VAT/ customs fees on most items entering a country, and I believe Taiwan's is 5%.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Lesson learned.
 
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