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USPS to UK Delivery Time???

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by cameron1590, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. cameron1590

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    Hi all,

    I ordered a item from America and it was shipped USPS First class international, it was sent on the 12th of march. I still haven't received the item, the sender claims it can take up to 45 days ? I have checked the tracking facility and it last arrived at Los angeles on the 16th of march ?

    Any one have a past experience with USPS international deliveries ? Seems to be tacking a long time.

    Thanks
  2. Greg Hook

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    That's just the US postal service standard. It could take a long time. I'd wait at least another two weeks before getting concerned.
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    depending on the size of your item, 15 days is not a time period to worried about especially as it was First Class International (Remember, USPS or the United States Postal Service is basically the American equivalent of Royal Mail). I've received books that came some 4-6 weeks after posting as they were sent with USPS's cheapest service which is First Class International.
  4. cameron1590

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    Okay thanks guys
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    Hi Cameron,

    As others have said, the USPS can be very slow at times. Your parcel not only has to work its way through the local postal area, it then has to move onto a State Postal System, and finally make its way to the International System, before being shipped/flown across the Atlantic, and ending up in the UK.

    It then has to work its way through HM Customs, and if need be, then to your local Sorting Office.

    Sometimes the USPS can work miracles, and have a parcel from the Eastern side of the USA, to the UK, within a week. Other times, it can take over a month in total. You didn't say where in the USA your parcel's coming from. Don't forget that if it's coming from the Western seaboard, or a more rural part of the country, then that can affect delivery times too. Likewise, the number of items arriving in Los Angeles, alongside your parcel, can affect the time it takes.

    All you can do, at the moment, is wait. It will turn up eventually, but you should give it at least 5-6 weeks, before raising any real concerns.


    Pooch
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  6. walleee

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    yeah, relax for now...
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    When I was on holiday in Florida back in July, I realised I'd forgotten my drivers licence.

    Got my daughter to post it Royal Mail Airsure. It took 19 days - arrived the day after we got home.

    The friends we stayed with posted it back using USPSs bog-standard international service and it took 5 days to get home.... And cost about 1/10 the price!
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    Just checked my item:

    Your Item's Status
    Your item has been processed at our origin sort facility at 4:06 pm on March 25, 2012 in LOS ANGELES, CA 90009.

    Hope it doesn't take too long!
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    wouldn't worry too much, plus it depends on the size of your item, e.g. I received a thank you card that arrived after 6 days from Georgia whereas as I mentioned, a package of two books came after a month
  10. cameron1590

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    My item has been there for 3 weeks :(
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    is your item fully tracked? as IIRC, First Class Mail International isn't, thus I'm wondering whether the item really is still stuck in LA (as in, that's as far as the tracking goes) or is now being held at UK customs.

    EDIT: I was right, First Class Mail International isn't a tracked service:
  12. cameron1590

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    I'm not sure if it is or not, the seller did advise me that USPS do tend to fail to scan the items so maybe that has happened
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    Possibly that although considering you are able to track, I'm wondering whether they actually sent it via USPS Priority Mail International as that is essentially the next step up from First Class Mail International and unlike FCMI, is tracked
  14. cameron1590

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    I only paid for imfc tho
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    Is this item via a merchant/ebay sale? as I do think while you were only charged for FCMI, they have kindly paid the extra for Priority Mail International, as the explanation I can think of for the fact you are able to track.
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    It says on the tracker first class it's taking its time tho
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    I got something from china today, that was sent on the 2nd of Feburary. It's taken so long i've got the money back I paid for it allready!

    Your not near 'a long time' yet.
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    Well it's been 8 weeks and still no package should I raise concern? The seller said to contact customs in case it's been seized to pay an import charge but I'm sure they would write to me asking for me to pay a fee instead of waiting for me to contact them?
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    I would like to raise concern about (lack of) common sense.

    To answer your question 'Should I raise concern?' Ask yourself this;

    "Am I concerned"
  20. cameron1590

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    Haha well I would like to point out I have never order anything from abroad so for all I know it could be normal to have to wait 8weeks plus !
  21. cameron1590

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    It seems your the one who entries a competition with out knowing what you'v entered for, idiot
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    You allready told us that the seller told you that it normally takes 45 days for delivery.

    Concerning the competition, I have entered several on the forums, once the comp closes it is removed from the forums, and I dont tend to remember each and every competition I enter, not sure how that is idiotic but hey if it helps you throw an insult in then why not!
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    Wow! Having read the posts on delays, I think I can now hope for the best for my parcel sent from Washington since June that is yet to turn up in UK!!!

    If this postal system is this terrible, I guess I will not be using it anytime soon!!

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