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Sarah543:
Hello Fellow Expats!

I hope you are all doing well and are staying healthy!

I have an urgent question.

What is the best way to send 4 books from Ukraine to the USA?

I went to the local post office. I was told that, due to COVID, I need to go to some post office in a village called "Velika Bakta". They told me I need to get a special "spravka" for the books first.

They would not give me an address or a telephone number.

I know enough about life in Ukraine not to just go somewhere without exact information and preferably a personal contact! I value my TIME.

I have searched the internet in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. I found one telephone number for this little village poshta, called it, and of course I got a message saying the number is no longer in service.

WTF? But this is Ukraine.....

QUESTIONS:

1. Do any of you have any experience sending anything out of Ukraine?
2. Is it true that there are special rules, due to COVID?

If you can share your thoughts and experiences, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you in advance!

Sarah

Tnic:
Spravka for books?  What kind of books are these anyway?  Original Gutenberg bibles?

Barring that, I seem to recall that Nova Poshta now ships Intl as well as Meest, whom I've used on several occasions to get some comfort items shipped here to UA.

https://novaposhta.ua/international_delivery/chastnym_klientam_md

https://us.meest.com/services/service/from-ukraine-to-us

Hey UKUA  neener neenr neener   :D :D

fabula_rasa:
I can confirm that Nova Poshta works fine and quite fast. And much cheaper than standarn curier service like UPS.

As to the other thing: I'm sending stuff abroad all the time and I never heard of any special covid rules. I'm quite sure that whoever you were dealing withwas either lazy or just incompetent. Or both ;)

AkMike:
The Nova Poshta does send and recieve to the States. If you're having trouble with the locals at UKR go to the New Post. But UKR has been good to us.
 I do not know what a sparvka is. But you are not allowed to send antiquities out of Ukraine by law. IIRC they define thata as anything over 50 years old. Maybe something to do with that?

Sarah543:

--- Quote from: Tnic on 17:05 23-Apr-2021 ---Spravka for books?  What kind of books are these anyway?  Original Gutenberg bibles?

Barring that, I seem to recall that Nova Poshta now ships Intl as well as Meest, whom I've used on several occasions to get some comfort items shipped here to UA.

https://novaposhta.ua/international_delivery/chastnym_klientam_md

https://us.meest.com/services/service/from-ukraine-to-us

Hey UKUA  neener neenr neener   :D :D

--- End quote ---


Thanks for your reply. I want to send 4 hard-backed copies of a book I wrote and published in 2004 (by a university press). They are still in plastic. Together they weigh just about 5 kilos. I am in a town outside of Uzhgorod. Does Meest have an office anywhere around here?

There is a small Nova Poshta office here, but it seems to be only for receiving parcels, not sending them. Do you have direct experience sending something out of Ukraine from one of the Nova Poshta offices?

There is only one small Ukrpochta office here, and I'm getting this weird story that I have to go to a small village (Velika Bakta) -- population of 1,050 -  for a "spravka" (certificate), due to COVID. They would not even give me the address. I found one on the internet, but their phone number is dead.

I can easily see myself shelling out for a taxi there and back, only to find out they have no idea what i am talking about. I really don't want to waste my time. I have had enough crazy things happen to me here, enough to fill several bestselling book manuscripts.  ;D

Thank you so much for your thoughts and advice.

Sarah

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