I need to ship a large box (approx 22"x 24" x 26") from San Francisco to Halifax. There is no urgency and it doesn't matter to me if it takes months for it to arrive. It's currently packaged in a cardboard box and could possibly be packed slightly smaller but not by much. It weighs about 30 lbs. It's not particularly fragile or valuable.
UPS and FedEx Ground both come out to about $180 estimated. Is there anything cheaper?
Have you tried getting a USPS quote? As a general rule, the US Postal Service (which passes to Canada Post when in Canada) is the cheapest USCanada shipping option because they do not charge customs fees up front, and they do not charge brokerage.
I would avoid UPS and FedEx due to their extortionate brokerage fees.
posted by kitkatcathy at 11:59 AM on February 21 [1 favorite]
USPS said my package was too large.
posted by otherwordlyglow at 12:03 PM on February 21
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posted by Nimmie Amee at 12:19 PM on February 21
I ended up using FedEx Ground as the cheapest crosscountry (within the US) but getting something (a box of feathers don't ask) from SK to SF, I used Greyhound (the bus line).
posted by hydrobatidae at 12:21 PM on February 21
One option: do you know anyone who will be driving up the coast to BC in the next month or so? Because if you give them $20 to take your box and ship it Canada Post, you'd run about $80$100. I know the Post can handle boxes of that size domestically. Frankly that's probably the cheapest you'll find, but I don't know if your social network runs that way.
posted by Lemurrhea at 12:26 PM on February 21
Air Canada offers parcel cargo service from SFO to YHZ. If you're willing to drop it off at their SFO office and have the other party pick it up at YHZ, I suspect it will be far cheaper than what you've quoted above. You should contact them for specific details.
posted by eschatfische at 2:00 PM on February 21
USPS said your package was too large for parcel post?!
Maximum weight is 70 lbs.
Can't include any hazardous materials.
Maximum combined length and girth of 130". Meaning the combined measurement of the longest side and the distance around the thickest part can't be more than 130". Items larger than this can't be sent with the Postal Service. tubes, rolls, and large packages).
Special prices are Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys added for bulky packaging.
22" + 24" + 26" = 72" posted by eviemath at 2:04 PM on February 21
If time is really not an issue, I could handdeliver it by beginning of June, perhaps in exchange for a cup of decent quality hot chocolate.
posted by eviemath at 2:06 PM on February 21
Hmm, I may have miscalculated girth. 26 + 2 x (22+24) = 26 + 2(46) = 26 + 92 = 118. You're still good.
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