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After spending a good amount of time in Japan, I realize that I have accumulated more stuff than I could carry in my flight (which allows me 2 check-in pieces free of cost, but this is a third piece).

Thus, I would like to send a full size suitcase, which would be about 20kg from Japan to Atlanta,GA. Now the catch is that I don't care how long it takes as long as it arrives safe and sound.

The catch is I myself am not directly going to the US, rather I am first taking a flight to India (NRT - DEL w/ Air India) and then after a short trip of about 10 days, a flight with Lufthansa from DEL - FRA - ATL. After carefully considering, taking a 3rd piece with me is not an option I believe.

My current best bet is to use Japan Post's Surface Mail service which would cost me about 10,000 JPY but will take about 2 months. Are there,

  • Any cheaper options with a similar time frame

  • Option with similar cost but with a shorter time frame

If the options involve lugging the 3rd piece with me on the flights, I will be happy to do that as well, but my research has told me that this is quite unlikely.

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Unaccompanied personal effects may face issues that accompanied luggage does not. Would the contents include worn clothing? –  pnuts Jul 9 at 12:43
    
@pnuts Mostly worn clothing and some memorabilia. –  Aditya Somani Jul 9 at 16:01
    
I have not found anything specific about USA but worn clothing when not accompanied might require (not need!) disinfection/fumigation so might be a point in favour of lugging it around with you. –  pnuts Jul 9 at 16:04
    
@pnuts Thanks for the tip! I'll make sure to put a disinfectant inside the suitcase when I ship them. –  Aditya Somani Jul 9 at 18:06
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@pnuts Thanks for that link! Fortunately Japan is not there in that list either, so it might be that I might not have any issues, do let me know if you find something specific to this though, although I will not be carrying any commercial goods, only personal artifacts. –  Aditya Somani Jul 10 at 1:08

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One of the best long distance courier to US option is Bombino Express. Their prices are reasonable, quick delivery and trackable. I have used them in the past and loved their service. I have used it from India so do not know how their service is from Japan. Play with their rates sites here and you can check what is the better option for you

  • Ship it directly from Japan to US
  • Take it with you to India, then ship it from there

Additionally also compare it with FedEx Ground incase they ship from where you would like to. Both these options would be certainly quicker than 2 months.

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I tried filling in the rates using 45 lbs. and 20 inch by 20 inch by 20 inch and the answer I get from India to USA is $476! whereas Japan to USA is no better with $443. :( Any other ideas? –  Aditya Somani Jul 10 at 0:53
    
I would suggest call them, I have been able to send stuff with pretty low cost, much lesser than 476 –  pal4life Jul 14 at 23:16

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