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Courier recommendation

Post by peter.coombe » Wed May 20, 2020 10:20 am

What do you guitar makers use to ship your guitars internationally? In this case to Canada. I always use Australia Post for my mandolins, but the guitar is too big to fit into the maximum package size that Australia Post will accept.
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Re: Courier recommendation

Post by Graham McDonald » Fri May 22, 2020 9:46 pm

Try Interparcel. They got a ukulele to Mauritius for me last year remarkably cheaply.

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Post by nkforster » Sun May 24, 2020 5:47 pm

I use Interparcel too.

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Post by rocket » Mon May 25, 2020 10:05 pm

I sent a guitar to Alabama a few month back Peter, used Pack Send who use DHL, couldn't have been any better took four days door to door.

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Post by peter.coombe » Sat May 30, 2020 10:15 am

I went with Pack and Send. Unfortunately once again I am finding the disadvantage of living out in the sticks. Nothing happens fast here!
Booked with Pack and Send on Tuesday, now Saturday and am still waiting for the pickup truck to arrive. Checked with DHL, has been booked and Toll are supposed to do the pickup. Will probably need to call DHL again next week. This is not the first time this has happened. Last time the excuse was they were having trouble finding truck drivers. Maybe this time it will be their IT hack. I am very grateful for Australia Post, but package is too big this time.
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Re: Courier recommendation

Post by rocket » Sun May 31, 2020 6:50 pm

Probably a good idea to take it to the depot yourself to cut out that extra leg of the process Peter, hope it goes well!

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Re: Courier recommendation

Post by Allen » Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:29 am

I explored that option that Pete is using by going into our local Pack and Send and getting a quote to send an instrument to Hong Kong.

If I packed up my own instrument and dropped it off at the depot then the cost was approximately $100 more than if I booked on line and had one of their contracted couriers like DHL or Toll pick it up from my home at some undetermined time and day.

Absolute madness that makes absolutely no sense to any person.
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Re: Courier recommendation

Post by peter.coombe » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:55 am

Probably a good idea to take it to the depot yourself to cut out that extra leg of the process Peter, hope it goes well!
Nearest Pack and Send is a 3hr drive away so looking at a 6 hr drive there and back, so is not a good option, and from what Alan said might even cost more. Courier delivery has usually been ok here, but pickups have been problematic in the past. Doesn't make any sense.
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Re: Courier recommendation

Post by peter.coombe » Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:18 pm

Woo hoo, finally the Toll truck arrived and picked it up.
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