Sending parcels and letters to the U.S.

August 29, 2013 – 00:16

When sending parcels and letters, some things should be noted. When sending parcels and letters, some things should be noted.

Letters and parcels to relatives, friends or business partners to send in the U.S., requires a bit more effort than mail within Germany. If you consider a few things when sending parcels and letters to the U.S., but it's a breeze.

  • There are not many things that you must consider in order to send a simple letter or small parcel in the U.S. can. Except for some prohibited substances can pretty much be sent there. However, some things must be previously declared to customs.
Prohibited substances that must be reported to the shipping in the USA:

- Narcotics and intoxicants
- Explosive, flammable and radioactive materials
- Obscene or items which violate decency
- Items are counterfeit or pirated
- Live animals

  • There are some exceptions, such as bees may be sent. In case of uncertainty, it is best enjoyed the post office or shipping agents engaged by them to contact.

Foods that may not be shipped to the United States without registration by mail:

- Useful information, for example, offers the U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Format of the address for parcels and letters to the U.S.

- Name
- Acquisition and road number
- Place the state abbreviation and zip code
- Country

Airmail or "normal" mail in the U.S.

  • Post in the U.S. can be sent either on the faster way of airmail or by land, or as ship mail. Airmail is a bit more expensive than the conventional way. Mail sent by conventional means about 30 to 40 business days, Air Mail needs whereas only 3 to 5 working days.
  • Send letters to the U.S. is generally not a problem. Method. In the same way as for sending a letter within Germany and note that the prices are a little higher this

Shipping to the USA: gifts worth less than 100 U.S. dollars (currently about € 82)

  • Gifts are items that the recipient has not specifically requested.
  • Gifts with a value of under $ 100 are free of duty. Except for alcohol-based perfumes and tobacco, should not exceed a value of $ 5, otherwise the customs regulations to meet here.
  • Before shipping the gift you have to fill in the post nor the customs form with the exact value of the individual items in the package.

Shipping to the USA: gifts and packages with a value over 100 €

  • The delivery of gifts and packages with a high value and different content is subject to different tariff rules.
  • The best solution to this is to seek the advice of a postal worker, or their chosen shipping provider such as UPS or DHL, so as not to unwittingly violate the customs regulations of the United States.
  • More information can be found on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Germany.

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