One week from today – I repeat – one week from today, all international packages should be shipped, if you want them to get there by Christmas. 

Also, if you reside in the U.S. and it’s been awhile since you’ve shipped overseas, the shipping process has changed.  Mainly, all customs information must be inputted electronically.  What does this mean to you?  Well, the handwritten customs form is no longer sufficient – nor the overall weight alone.

Visit the USPS website – click here if you wish – and fill out the online form.  You’ll need to list all items in the package – including individual weights.

I know.  I know.  Who needs added stress this time of year?   But at least now you know.  You won’t be traipsing into USPS, all innocent and giving, with your package decorated and otherwise beautified, form filled out and in hand, only to have the Malevolent Monster USPS Clerk throw it back in your face.   All you want is help – answers at the very least – but all you get is arms crossed, maybe an evil eyeball or two, while the clerk next door drivels on about governmental conspiracies.  By the time you drive clear across town to the USPS where you know happy people work, the holiday cheer is nearly gone. 

Not that I would know from experience or anything …

So with that, grab your scale , hop online, fill out the form, then continue as you will. 

And happy packing!


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