As the postage costs make up a considerable part of the spend on mailing anything, especially if you are sending internationally, you will want a good idea before you start. Because the cost depends on certain considerations, this article is unable to quote specific pricing, but it does help explain how mailing costs are calculated, the pitfalls of mailing items to the USA and how money can be saved.
International tariffs are normally based on weight, destination and volume. However, your shipment may be of some value so there is insurance to consider. Will it be advisable to have it signed for at its destination? Do you want to track parcels along the way? This is all added cost, and what about that mysterious world of ‘Officaldom’?
Delivery times can take anything from four to 15 days to US destinations, depending on your budget and the mail’s urgency. Very urgent post can go from the UK on an overnight service for next day delivery across the US, but you will pay a premium for this.
When sending mail to the USA, make sure:
Overwhelming? Well, to avoid these snags plus things like unexpected customs duty costs, you would be wise to consult an expert postal operator like Asendia, who will advise you and implement these procedures for you.
It is Asendia's vision is to become the world leader in B2C solutions for global mail, with a specific focus on the ecommerce industry. We provide a range of solutions for international mail to meet the needs of this sector including:
Asendia also responds to the international mail needs of the B2B sector, and because they offer innovative international mailing solutions, they work with some of the UK’s biggest brands.
Asendia is one of the world’s leading postal operators, the second largest in Europe, processing over 4 million pieces of mail a month in the UK. It is one of Royal Mail’s largest partners. Borne out of a joint venture between two of the world’s most famous postal operators, La Poste and Swiss Post, Asendia’s success is underpinned by a phenomenal knowledge base, a global postal network and an undeniable heritage. With offices in the USA, it prides itself on local knowledge, which can make a significant difference to anyone in the UK sending post there, whether it’s direct mail letters, business post, goods or publications.
Direct Mail to the USA
Asendia provides Priority and Standard/Economy postal services specifically for international direct (marketing) mail. As well as competitive prices, Asendia can also help increase response rates to direct mail with ‘local look’ direct entry postal services.
Business Mail to the USA
Asendia International Business Mail offers a fast Priority delivery and a more cost-effective Standard service to the USA. The weight restriction is 3kg for Priority and 350g for Standard. For larger quantities, the weight is 250g. Total dimensions should be less than 1 metre, with the length measurement being no more than 600mm.
Press postal service to the USA
Specialist international publication postal services with exclusive discounts are available for publishers of magazines, journals and newspapers, including Priority Press for speed and, Standard/Economy for items that are less urgent.
Goods shipments to the USA
Cost-effective international distribution services for packets and parcels to the USA via a wide range of options are what is making Asendia a world leader in B2C mailing solutions.
Asendia operates an international business returns service for business customers, for easy response returns.
Asendia’s cost-effective end-to-end service
Substantial discounts at very competitive rates are offered by Asendia for international shipments over 1,000 items. But what if you’re not mailing volume? The answer is to consolidate. Asendia has the facilities to consolidate mail and sort it ready for collection, which helps to keep costs down and, therefore, they can offer some of the lowest postal rates available from the UK.
There are even more cost- and time-saving advantages by using Asendia’s end-to-end printing and international postal service. Not only will Asendia digitally print your mailings in black and white or full colour, they will collate and envelope (or polywrap), add inserts, apply postage and mailsort ready for delivery, at their ISO 9001 and ISO 14000-accredited printing, fulfilment and distribution centre.
Call 01234 84 84 15 for a quote.
Last posting date for Christmas 2014
Standard airmail to the USA is Friday 13th December 2013, with express services being Friday 20th.
For more information, see http://www.asendia.co.uk/en/uk-international-mail/overview/
About the author
Catherine Jackson is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and has been a publishing professional for over 30 years, working in newspapers, magazines, and marketing in the education, retail and travel sectors. She has also worked as a freelance copywriter, editor and proofreader before joining Asendia UK as Content Marketing Executive & Copywriter. Google+