I naively shipped my bank account paperwork to Portugal using USPS Priority International Mail, a superior value at the low, low price of $38. It took one day to reach the regional hub, another day to reach the international hub, lingered there for two days, then spent three days on a truck to another international hub. Now it has been at an airport in NYC for two days, with no indication of the next move.
This post advises that overseas mail delivery is in a poor state:
Even Priority Mail Express envelopes (~$70) have been travelling by container ship, a one month journey, before wallowing in various bureaucratic purgatories in lieu of onward processing.
I discern that paying $80 for a retail FedEx envelope is one way to get a package moving. FedEx runs its own logistics and has managed to keep things moving.
I solicit the community’s general advice about tips and tricks for paring down the outlandish cost of timely international document shipments. For example, I understand that FedEx and DHL offer a $12 price point for 3-5 day international letter shipments to regular business customers. Are there resellers providing economical access to these discounted but reasonably responsive service tiers?
Yeah, $80 to mail a letter is a drop in the bucket compared to all of the other costs incurred in a CBI journey, but it still stings!