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I didn't know where else to put this, so I put it here. If the mods want to move it, that's fine with me.

My relatives in Australia, have ordered quite a few PC components (too much for air postage) and I was wondering what the cheapest and most reliable international shipping option was in South Carolina.

All help is appreciated and will be noted
Edited by goldboy - 5/14/11 at 12:49am
post #2 of 20
Priority Mail International is the best option.
First Class Mail is cheaper, but has 2KG weight limitation, and Express Mail is very expensive. Priority is the cross between them.
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which company is this with?

I have around 10 gpus + several motherboards + cpus for them, so it is a rather large bundle. And they would prefer shipping to be $100 or less
post #4 of 20
It's USPS.

What is the total weight of these components together?
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It is not so much the weight, but the size of the thing. Because everything is still in its original box. There is around 22 Gpus being shipped - 5 motherboards - some ram - and several cpus
post #6 of 20
22 GPUs...?

I don't think a shipping under 100$ is a possible option I'm afraid...

You may try splitting the shipments, but that would be a headache to do it
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Priority Mail is definitely the best option, I've gotten quotes from FedEx and UPS for International shipping before, VERY expensive.

According to the USPS site, the size regulations for a Priority Mail package to Australia is:
"Max. length 42", max. length plus girth combined 79" "

A box 20" x 15" x 14" would be right about the maximum allowed and could fit 8 Large size Graphics cards, which means you would have to split it into 3 boxes, each one costing about $75 to ship.

Depending on your graphics cards you may (hopefully) have smaller boxes, I measured the GTX 275 box that's next to me for my calculations. How big are your boxes?

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post #8 of 20
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GTX 580s/gtx 460s/4870x2s

not small... what about sending it via boat - i.e. cargo shipping

edit: thanks for the help so far +1
post #9 of 20
Hey mate,

Not sure whether you know this but to import good to Australia anything over a $1000(including o/s taxes) needs to be claimed through customs.

Quote:
Goods with a declared or assessed value not exceeding A$1,000

If your goods arrive in Australia by mail and have a declared or assessed value of A$1,000 or less, the goods may be imported free of duty, taxes and Customs and Border Protection charges, unless they are alcohol products or tobacco products. Apart from alcohol and tobacco products those goods will be cleared by Customs and Border Protection and delivered by Australia Post without you doing anything.
Goods with a declared or assessed value over A$1,000

You will be sent a First Notice by Australia Post if you have imported goods with a declared or assessed value of more than A$1,000.
In this case, you need to lodge an import declaration to Customs and Border Protection for the goods. The declaration will be assessed for duty, GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (if applicable). An import processing charge will also apply. Customs and Border Protection will advise you of the amount you need to pay before your parcel will be delivered to you.
Customs and Border Protection cannot allow goods with a value over A$1,000 to be delivered by Australia Post until an import declaration is made and any liability for duty, taxes and charges is paid in full. There may also be AQIS requirements to be met before Australia Post can deliver your goods.

All here
post #10 of 20
You looked up just buying a pallet and shipping that way?
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