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Expatriate Life => Q&A => Topic started by: K24 on 02:35 29-Aug-2019

Title: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 02:35 29-Aug-2019
Hi!  I need to send some hiking shoes to repair in Germany.  Weight is about 3 kg.  What is the best way to do this?  Delivery speed does not matter, but I need to be certain that it actually reaches Germany.  And I also want to have insurance so that I get a predefined amount of money if it should actually be lost.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Tnic on 12:16 29-Aug-2019
You don't have a shoe repair shop in your town? 

For the cost of shipping to and from Germany you could get them repaired in a few days and have enough for a shaurma.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: shuggah21 on 13:06 29-Aug-2019
DHL?
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: UKUA on 13:48 29-Aug-2019
You don't have a shoe repair shop in your town? 

For the cost of shipping to and from Germany you could get them repaired in a few days and have enough for a shaurma.

Agreed. Ukraine has many small specialist shoe repair services, so good, you will not know the difference between a local repair and that of the manufacturer.

Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 14:02 29-Aug-2019
Thank you.  Unfortunately I cannot repair them here since these are top-spec mountaineering boots which have a special Vibram sole which the corner shoe repair shop simply does not have.  And putting something else on them will just so much reduce their usefulness.  So shipping unfortunately I must.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Kord on 04:09 01-Sep-2019
First world problems are not easy to solve in Ukraine.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: UKUA on 12:15 01-Sep-2019
You could try this. Plenty of reviews. Looks like they are the agent and therefore have access to multiple courier delivery outfits.

ParcelABC (https://www.parcelabc.com)


Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 14:55 01-Sep-2019
Thank you.  Do you have any personal experience with ParcelABC?  In the internet, they have a huge amount of negative reviews.

The best thing I found so far is something called

www.postexservice.com

But maybe they are just too small to also have negative reviews in the internet :)
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: UKUA on 15:52 01-Sep-2019
Thank you.  Do you have any personal experience with ParcelABC?  In the internet, they have a huge amount of negative reviews.

The best thing I found so far is something called

www.postexservice.com

But maybe they are just too small to also have negative reviews in the internet :)

No, sorry, not recently. However, our package arrived safely.

All other deliveries we make were via insured post without problems.

Cannot get your link to work - errors with "Error establishing a database connection" Perhaps one needs to be located in Ukraine.

Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 17:27 01-Sep-2019
So how about sending it with the Ukrainian Post Office?  If I insure it, then I guess it does not really matter if they lose it.  Anybody any experience, please?
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Kord on 19:21 01-Sep-2019
I had used Nova Poshta in the past but had to have a translator to send.
Picking up parcels can be done by someone with no language ability.

Those parcels were only sent around in Ukraine so I don't know about international.
Overall Nova Poshta is very good I thought and a great value.
I realized at one point that if I was going to move across the country like from Kiev to Khakiv that shipping basic stuff like clothes and what have you that it would have been efficient to use Nova Poshta versus traditional methods.

Also when I was moving around Kiev the boxes they sell are inexpensive compared to US prices.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Tnic on 12:21 03-Sep-2019
Yes, Nova Poshta is strictly inside UA.

I do believe UPS, FedEx and DHL all have a UA presence as well as in Germany.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 13:57 03-Sep-2019
I checked DHL and it is about 200 USD.  So this is a little too much for my shoes )

That is why I am now thinking about the Ukrainian government post office (not Nova Poshta, but the government post office).  It does not need to be fast
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: UKUA on 15:50 03-Sep-2019
A quick check of Nova Posta shows that it DOES international post, packages and parcels.

UKRPOSHTA - ІNTERNATIONAL POSTAGE (https://ukrposhta.ua/en/zamoviti/mizhnarodni-vidpravlennya/)

They say :  Send your international postal items through Ukrposhta and they will be delivered by air or by surface to more than 230 countries and territories of the world.

There's a UkrPoshta on every corner! In fact, there's one downstairs in our apartment building!
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Ted on 04:13 04-Sep-2019
I think the old 8th Air Force in Poltava had some experience delivering packages to Germany from Ukraine....
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Kord on 06:38 04-Sep-2019
I had brought a nice pair of North Face boots to Ukraine to stomp around the snow in.
$200 boots ruined in one season due to all the snow hidden bare metal that sticks up all over Ukraine.
Like almost everywhere you go there are small bits of metal that has been cut near ground level but some sliver sticks up. Sliced the crap outta my boots. Never wore anything more expensive than Skechers again around town and country.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Tnic on 12:14 06-Sep-2019
Yep.  I just buy el cheapos at Konfiskat or the rinok and plan to toss em in the Spring.  If they hold up for a 2nd winter then its a bonus.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: jbenet on 10:45 15-Sep-2019
Seriously, don't waste money on parcel services. I have an online business and regularly ship to Germany from Odessa and never have any problems with the Ukrposhta. 3kg will cost you about 600UAH++ and takes about 7-14 days to get there. Put in a box, pack well. You will need a customs form, to EU there are 3 copies needed (get them at the counter of the post office) plus the "white sheet". You can just take the boots to most main post offices and they will even sell you a not expensive box and pack them for you. Fill out the form there at the post office and send.

Keep in mind, you need to put low value on the declaration, as in Germany, whoever picks them up will need to pay VAT on the item value PLUS the price of the postage. Be sure to put "USED" in the description, "FOR REPAIRS" would also placate the Krauts...

Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 18:20 15-Sep-2019
Seriously, don't waste money on parcel services. I have an online business and regularly ship to Germany from Odessa and never have any problems with the Ukrposhta. 3kg will cost you about 600UAH++ and takes about 7-14 days to get there. Put in a box, pack well. You will need a customs form, to EU there are 3 copies needed (get them at the counter of the post office) plus the "white sheet". You can just take the boots to most main post offices and they will even sell you a not expensive box and pack them for you. Fill out the form there at the post office and send.

Keep in mind, you need to put low value on the declaration, as in Germany, whoever picks them up will need to pay VAT on the item value PLUS the price of the postage. Be sure to put "USED" in the description, "FOR REPAIRS" would also placate the Krauts...


Thank you.  That is great to hear.  Do you insure the stuff you send or it does not disappear even if you do not insure it?  And can you insure it?

Oh, and what is the "white sheet"?

Thank you!


Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Ted on 04:25 16-Sep-2019
Seriously, don't waste money on parcel services. I have an online business and regularly ship to Germany from Odessa and never have any problems with the Ukrposhta. 3kg will cost you about 600UAH++ and takes about 7-14 days to get there. Put in a box, pack well. You will need a customs form, to EU there are 3 copies needed (get them at the counter of the post office) plus the "white sheet". You can just take the boots to most main post offices and they will even sell you a not expensive box and pack them for you. Fill out the form there at the post office and send.

Keep in mind, you need to put low value on the declaration, as in Germany, whoever picks them up will need to pay VAT on the item value PLUS the price of the postage. Be sure to put "USED" in the description, "FOR REPAIRS" would also placate the Krauts...


Thank you.  That is great to hear.  Do you insure the stuff you send or it does not disappear even if you do not insure it?  And can you insure it?

Oh, and what is the "white sheet"?

Thank you!


BTW, I have always found that whatever I mail out via UkergoatPost arrives as long as I have a tracking number attached. Without a tracking number I have had at least a 80% failure rate.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 13:28 16-Sep-2019
Seriously, don't waste money on parcel services. I have an online business and regularly ship to Germany from Odessa and never have any problems with the Ukrposhta. 3kg will cost you about 600UAH++ and takes about 7-14 days to get there. Put in a box, pack well. You will need a customs form, to EU there are 3 copies needed (get them at the counter of the post office) plus the "white sheet". You can just take the boots to most main post offices and they will even sell you a not expensive box and pack them for you. Fill out the form there at the post office and send.

Keep in mind, you need to put low value on the declaration, as in Germany, whoever picks them up will need to pay VAT on the item value PLUS the price of the postage. Be sure to put "USED" in the description, "FOR REPAIRS" would also placate the Krauts...


Thank you.  That is great to hear.  Do you insure the stuff you send or it does not disappear even if you do not insure it?  And can you insure it?

Oh, and what is the "white sheet"?

Thank you!


BTW, I have always found that whatever I mail out via UkergoatPost arrives as long as I have a tracking number attached. Without a tracking number I have had at least a 80% failure rate.

How do you get a tracking number?  And can you insure the shipment?
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Ted on 19:02 16-Sep-2019
Seriously, don't waste money on parcel services. I have an online business and regularly ship to Germany from Odessa and never have any problems with the Ukrposhta. 3kg will cost you about 600UAH++ and takes about 7-14 days to get there. Put in a box, pack well. You will need a customs form, to EU there are 3 copies needed (get them at the counter of the post office) plus the "white sheet". You can just take the boots to most main post offices and they will even sell you a not expensive box and pack them for you. Fill out the form there at the post office and send.

Keep in mind, you need to put low value on the declaration, as in Germany, whoever picks them up will need to pay VAT on the item value PLUS the price of the postage. Be sure to put "USED" in the description, "FOR REPAIRS" would also placate the Krauts...


Thank you.  That is great to hear.  Do you insure the stuff you send or it does not disappear even if you do not insure it?  And can you insure it?

Oh, and what is the "white sheet"?

Thank you!


BTW, I have always found that whatever I mail out via UkergoatPost arrives as long as I have a tracking number attached. Without a tracking number I have had at least a 80% failure rate.

How do you get a tracking number?  And can you insure the shipment?

Just ask for a tracking number it cost on the average for a letter 70r. I have never tried to insure a shipment figuring that was to advanced for such a corrupt country.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 16:48 25-Sep-2019
I did send the parcel with Ukrposhta today and was very impressed with the process. They do tracking and insurance.  For the shipment with a weight of 2.5 kg and insurance for 150 euro I paid slightly less than 800 UAH.

Thanks for your advice.
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: K24 on 02:42 02-Oct-2019
And according to the tracking my parcel took only 5 days from Ukraine to delivery in Germany 👍
Title: Re: Best Way to Ship Parcel to Germany?
Post by: Ted on 04:15 02-Oct-2019
And according to the tracking my parcel took only 5 days from Ukraine to delivery in Germany 👍

Because the new policy is to change goats at every way station.