I recently recieved an inquiry on one of my framesets from an interested party in Singapore, curious as to the shipping costs if I were to send the frameset to Singapore.
I have had experience shipping frameset-sized boxes within the US and Canada, however, I have NOT shipped one to Singapore, or even to Europe, for that matter. Not in the least bit intimidated by this fact, I checked FedEx's rates for such a box heading to the Singapore destination.
I was rather surprised when the rates came up as follows:
$650.00 - FedEx International Economy
$740.00 - FedEx International Priority
These prices appear most abnormally high to me, especially considering that this is a rather SMALL box, as the frame is that tiny 49cm De Rosa minus fork.
I know quite well from eBay that it is not unusual for frames to be shipped from the US to Asian countries, but something tells me that even those full-of-cash Japanese bidders would balk at these shipping prices.
Do you fellows know if there is any other method of shipment out there that does the same job in a fraction of the cost?
P.S.: Would have checked the UPS rate codes too, but I didn't have his postal code on hand. Might anyone know if the UPS rates in such cases are lower then those of FedEx?