Ways to Ship Overseas


Whether sending items abroad to an overseas friend or making an international move, shipping items abroad can often be expensive and difficult. Choosing the best shipping company for your package can help save you money and time, ensuring that your items arrive quickly and safely.

United States Postal Service

Begin by talking with your local USPS office or by visiting their website. When shipping smaller items you can use the USPS’s flat rate service. Prices range from $13.25 for a small box and $55.58 for a large box. When using the flat rate service you can send packages of any weight, as long as their contents securely fit in the provided post office box. Prices will increase if you choose to send the boxes express or overnight. You can also pay an extra fee to send the package as registered mail, so that you can track the item en route.

Federal Express

Shipping overseas with FedEx offers a variety of shipping options based on size, location and shipping speed of the item. Customers can send packages, freight and delicate items all through FedEx. Items can be shipped internationally overnight, as quickly as two to three days or in five days, depending on the urgency of the package. Prices through Federal Express will vary greatly depending on the size and weight of the package as well as the shipping speed. To get an estimate for your item you can visit FedEx.com or stop into your local Federal Express store to have the item weighed.


Sending international mail through DHL is known as BtoC shipping. International DHL packages can weigh up to 30 kg and measure up to 60-by-60-by-120 cm. Shipping usually takes two to five days and includes delivery tracking, basic insurance and proof of delivery. Shipping price through DHL is dependent upon package weight and size as well as the country of delivery. You may obtain a price estimate for your package on dhl.com or by visiting your local DHL office.

Able Cargo

San Diego-based Able Cargo has the ability to ship freight by ocean transport. If you are moving abroad or would like to ship a larger item such as a car or various household goods, then Able Cargo can do so cost-effectively. To obtain a quote for your item visit, visit website ablecargo.com or call 1-800-655-2595. Items can be shipped out of all major U.S. ports to most locations worldwide.

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