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14kremz
07-17-2018, 07:13 PM
I am considering selling an ukulele from California to Germany. What would be the best shipping method to use? Please help.

Looking for the most cost effective with tracking and insurance, if possible.

hollisdwyer
07-17-2018, 07:45 PM
The companies that Cam suggested can be very expensive (and sometimes not, go figure). How big is the Uke? I sent a number of Ukes from Australia to the USA and UK, double boxed and have always used he Australian Post Office. There has never been a problem.
I suggest that you box it and bring it to the USPS to give you a cost.

kohanmike
07-17-2018, 08:04 PM
A couple of years ago I shipped a tenor ukulele from Los Angeles to Bruce Wei in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam via US Postal Service for $66. When I receive ukes from him, the shipping fee is $65.

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14kremz
07-17-2018, 08:41 PM
Thanks for all the input. I have checked FedEx and it was going to cost quite more than I expected. UPS for some reason is not giving me an option for the the shipping. I will check the other companies.

I am shipping a soprano with a case, so I am checking with others that might have some experience shipping to Europe.

Jerryc41
07-18-2018, 12:23 AM
The companies that Cam suggested can be very expensive (and sometimes not, go figure). How big is the Uke? I sent a number of Ukes from Australia to the USA and UK, double boxed and have always used he Australian Post Office. There has never been a problem.I suggest that you box it and bring it to the USPS to give you a cost.

Also, you can experiment at home with different box sizes, etc. Then use the Postage Calculator to get the cost. Click-N-Ship will let you print the label at home. Unfortunately, they stopped giving a discount for printing the label yourself.

RichM
07-18-2018, 01:25 AM
I have found that when shipping internationally from the US, the US Postal System is by far the most cost effective. In fact, it isn't even close; USPS can cost a fraction of what FedEx or UPS charge.

Swamp Yankee
07-18-2018, 01:53 AM
I've never shipped a uke overseas, but in years past I've shipped banjos and guitars to England, France, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Australia and Japan... no question: USPS is best.


edited: I forgot! I shipped a banjo uke to France once :D

Kenn2018
07-18-2018, 06:34 PM
Make sure it is fully insured. Signature required and written notification sent to you when delivery was received and by whom.

14kremz
07-18-2018, 08:49 PM
Thanks everyone! I will go to USPS with the boxed ukulele and figure out the shipping cost.