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My father worked for the US Postal Service for thirty years before he retired. When I asked him what happened to the packages under his care, he had a wierd twinkle in his eyes and told me he liked to dance (actually dance) on the piles of boxes coming through.
He told me when I shipped packages through the USPS, just to make sure to:
1. Use the strongest cardboard shipping container available (don't skimp on this).
2. Place secure labels with destination and return addresses clearly labeled TO and FROM in the right location. If desired, cover labels with strong Clear tape.
3. Place a written tag with both addresses attached to the bike inside the box. My father said that alot of undelivered packages are ones that came apart and the employee could not trace it's rightful owner.
4. Pack with newspapers, foam, bubbles etc to cushion and secure parts inside the box carefully. Anything that is suspisious will be inspected and possible loss of parts could happen.
5. In the post 9/11 world, expect the package to be opened and take percautions.
6. Since you are shipping through other countries, contact customs as well as the Post Office. Rules and regulations change constantly and not knowing these regulations is no excuse!
I have been following my dad's advice for a very long time. While I never shipped a bike, I shipped many other things and never had a problem.
Last edited by folder fanatic; 09-15-05 at 02:42 PM.