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Old Mar 18th 2016, 4:18 am
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Default Best way to quickly mail 5 pound box to England?

Hi everyone -

I need to send a bunch of documents to arrive in England in a week or so. All together, they weigh around 5 pounds. What is the best way to do this? I see the USPS envelopes are limited to 4 pounds, and this stack is about 3 inches tall - not sure it will fit in an international mail envelope.

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FedEx has several options at differences prices and delivery times, as does UPS. Both have tracking numbers so you can see exactly where the packet is and know when it was delivered. Neither are cheap, but their lowest cost services are not much more than regular the USPS/Royal Mail post, but IMO a lot more reliable.

If you have access to a document scanner with a feeder you could scan the documents and e-mail them. I doubt that it would be cost effective to pay FedEx Kinkos, The UPS Store, or a competing document processing company to scan the documents for you, but it would certainly be faster than sending the physical documents.

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Pulaski has a good idea. The only original needs to be the I-134, so you can send that in a Fed Ex or UPS envelope.

Since everything else can be a copy, you can scan and email it, and have it printed in the UK.

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FedEx has several options at differences prices and delivery times, as does UPS. Both have tracking numbers so you can see exactly where the packet is and know when it was delivered. Neither are cheap, but their lowest cost services are not much more than regular the USPS/Royal Mail post, but IMO a lot more reliable.

If you have access to a document scanner with a feeder you could scan the documents and e-mail them. I doubt that it would be cost effective to pay FedEx Kinkos, The UPS Store, or a competing document processing company to scan the documents for you, but it would certainly be faster than sending the physical documents.
What a great idea! Time to troubleshoot why my sheet fed scanner is not working! Thanks!
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Yeah, I always used FedEx for important stuff. Somehow seems more reassuring than USPS..
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Gave up trying to troubleshoot why printer won't feed and just sent the whole package by FedEx. 4.75 pounds... $159 for priority, $162 for express. My fiance will get it monday. Thanks everyone for suggestions!
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Wow, expensive!

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Wow, expensive!
... but, in the overall scheme of things, not that much really ...
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... but, in the overall scheme of things, not that much really ...
I think my fiance is worth it!
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I sent a 2 lb package to the UK last week and it had to arrive in a week or less, so the only option via USPS was their 'Global Express Guaranteed' (GXG) service. This is just FedEx's Express service, but processed and resold by USPS. The GXG service has a guarantee that the postage cost will be refunded if the package doesn't arrive at its destination by the guaranteed delivery date, provided that it doesn't get held up in Customs on either end.

My package should have arrived in the UK last Wednesday and it didn't arrive until Thursday because USPS didn't give FedEx the package in time. I called USPS and after 20 minutes of being passed to four different people, I eventually spoke to the right person who processed a refund request and I will be issued a check for the full postage cost ($99.55).
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Gave up trying to troubleshoot why printer won't feed and just sent the whole package by FedEx. 4.75 pounds... $159 for priority, $162 for express. My fiance will get it monday. Thanks everyone for suggestions!
omfg you could have bought a scanner for less.
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