Sending parcels cheaply to USA (Hawaii)

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  1. C240Sport97

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    Just got home from the most lovely Hawaii.

    My nieces and nephews have asked me to send them more chocolate digestives but the shipping rates on parcelforce and dhl are quite horrendous (about £80 for 10kg of weight).

    Anyone recommend a cheaper way?

    Speed of delivery is not important.

    Cheers.
     
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    Being in the transport industry, I would say that £80 for 10 Kgs almost whole way around the world is not expensive. Of course, you may still be able to find cheaper alternatives.

    Why not try the airlines direct (ie British Airways World Cargo/American Airlines Cargo)?

    Another problem you will face is the fact that the goods are chocolate and this have proven to be problematic to bring it into the US (you must declare this when posting). At least in the past - been confiscated..... :crazy:
     
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    that would defeat the whole point of the exercise.

    am surprised that chocolate cannot be imported into the USA.
     
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    I use Parcel 2 Go - they compare various couriers, and still seem to get preferential rates (i.e. going directly to DHL seems more expensive).

    One issue is that they do email asking you if you had trouble using their site for every quote you get and don't buy, so if like me you use it to get quotes before buying something on eBay and get 10 or 20 quotes,the emails can get annoying.

    http://www.parcel2go.com/

    EDIT: Might be worth contacting these guys too:
    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/arriving_travelers.xml

    M.
     
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    I assume the above corrected version is what you meant. ;)

    Disguise them as a gun, that'll pass through without hassle :devil:.
     
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    Please note that I have had no dealings with the first two but since they have come off Martin Lewis's Moneysavingexpert web site they do appear to be reliable and less expensive!

    Hope you succeed!
     
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    Could ask them to see if they know anybody in the US military over there as it's possible to send stuff to them free (not sure if there are weight limits but it's an idea).

    Nick
     
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    Individually bubble wrap them and put them in envelopes.
     

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