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It happened to me once in London Heathrow. In my case I didn't have any emotional attachment to the item and it only cost around £3 to replace, so I threw it away, however I discussed with the security and the airline what my options were. They offered me the following options: Throw it away (I actually ended up doing just that) Post it to whatever ...


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Several shipping companies provide options for shipping to a branch for pickup with ID. You could check which one has a more convenient branch location for you. DHL has a stronger presence in Europe. DHL "Hold for Collection": At times, it can be easier to have your customer collect shipments from a DHL managed Service Point, rather than attempt a ...


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In the US, according to the TSA you have some options: When prohibited items come through the checkpoint, passengers are given options: Take the item to the ticket counter and check it in your baggage or a box provided by the airport. Many airports have a US Postal Service or other shipping services area where boxes, stamps and envelopes can be ...


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In most of the world, you can have letters and packages sent poste restante, addressed to an individual in care of a particular post office, to be held until the intended recipient visits to pick it up. In English-speaking Canada and the U.S., the service is also called general delivery; in Spanish-speaking countries it is also known as lista de correos. It ...


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Since 2007, I received 53 postcards from the US (via postcrossing). I live in Germany, so this is relevant to your question. The average travel time was 11 days, roughly 67% arrived within this time frame. The minimum was 3 days, the maximum 61. Of course, these are not 100% exact numbers - the "send" date is the day the sender got my address, not ...


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I'd call the airline directly to ensure that you're interpreting their terms correctly and whether they require any additional information or preparation. And be prepared for a very, very thorough customs inspection. The value of your luggage will obviously be above the monetary limit for customes-free imports, and the amount will suggest commercial ...


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This option is probably not available everywhere (but it's available in terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Heathrow), it only works if you'll be back to the same airport at some point, and the cost may be a tad high if you'll be away for while (but probably cheaper than the fees for an extra checked bag): just leave the item as left luggage! The company managing ...


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Something like this happened to me some years ago. I was flying from Sydney, Australia to Bali, Indonesia with China Airways - I think!? There was a final hand-luggage check at the departure gate. I was "randomly" picked and my bag was checked. Unfortunately, I'd completely forgotten that my Leatherman Wave was in my hand luggage! Apart from the initial ...


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So, to answer my own questions Has anybody shipped a car between Europe and Canada or the U.S.? It seems to be quite common to ship cars between Europe and the either the U.S. or Canada. There basically are three options for shipping a privately owned car: Let an international moving company ship the car (and whatever else you want moved) for you. ...


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Unless the car is over 25 years old, it's very difficult to import a car into the US. Check out this article for some details: Importing Rare Cars into the US If it's newer, it has to meet Department of Transportation and EPA guidelines. California used to charge a $300 "smog" fee for a car brought in from another state, unless it had a special "California"...


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I once realized I had my pocket knife with me and I was not checking any bags. I went outside and buried it in the dirt. A week later when I came back, I dug it back up.


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Japan The time I made this mistake with a multi-tool in Toyama (around 2007 I think), I simply (and even with my limited Japanese it was simple) brought the situation to the attention of the checkpoint workers, who handed me a plastic bag with a form on it to fill out, stuck the article in the completed form-bag, tore the receipt off the top and handed it ...


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In San Francisco (and probably other airports?) there are small self-serve dropboxes, next to the line to go through security. You can take an envelope from the supply on top, fill it out, including writing your credit card number down, and they will ship the contents to you for about $20. I did this a few years ago, when I forgot to leave my pocketknife ...


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I have never used their service, or that of a competitor, but PODS (Portable On-Demand Storage) might do what you want. The big questions will be cost, and timeliness. I also don't know if they have service outside of the U.S., but there may be similar services elsewhere in the world. The service, as I understand it, essentially delivers a large "pod" (...


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Essentially, you're after private shipping companies, I believe. When I moved from the UK to Canada, I used Excess-Baggage.com to ship a couple of boxes over here. They ship all over the world, including from most major places in Europe. I checked, and they do indeed service Portugal and the Netherlands. It took its sweet time to arrive here, but the ...


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No additional paperwork is required, other than your normal car paperwork (tag, registration, insurance). You can take pictures, but before handing over the car to the delivery agent they will do a walk around to inspect the condition of the vehicle. You should also make sure you have insurance for the move (this is not the same as your normal liability ...


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It's not very convenient but (assuming it's a desktop) I would disassemble it into parts and box them individually. I brought a desktop myself from Portugal to the Netherlands this way (in my checked in luggage) and it was fine, nothing was damaged. To be fair, the only thing that's at risk from the tall falls and such is the HDD and I guess you can carry ...


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I actually tried to go form Canada to Panama earlier this year, with a friend in a campervan. I agree with mkennedy - importing a car is way more expensive and quite a hassle. It would be much easier to buy a car in the States. One word of advice: do not buy a used car in any of the "wet or cold" states like Alaska, Canada, Oregon or any other northern ...


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Depending on the country, a box sent through the regular mail service works fine. We had to do that when on vacation in the US, to ship back items to France since we also knew that these would not fit inside our suitcases. UPS asked us $150. USPS did it for $40. If you ask DHL, FedEx which are in the premium range, it can be expensive. Also, during ...


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It all depends on the weight of your baggage and its size. Luggage Forward quotes about $1300-$1500 for the standard size bags (50lb). Luggage Free offers $7.75/lb so to get to $2000 you will need to ship about 260lbs. Discount Shipping charges $560/150lb for the door-to-door service. So depending on how much stuff you ship it could come out more ...


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(1) Container: Freight forwarders will send cargo by sea by container at rates far far far below those being quoted. Rates are usually by the cubic meter and weight is usually irrelevant as long as you are not shipping pig iron or similarly dense material. There may be a 1 cubic metre minimum size. Pack it all in :-). You will have to get somebody who will ...


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It' probably cheaper, safer and more convenient if you just take your harddisk with you and get another Computer in the USA. shipping the whole box is not a good idea. You would have to remove and single-box all "snap-in" parts and parts attached to the mainboard like ram, videocards, cpu cooler and also hdd and cdrom because they WILL fall out at some ...


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The short and sweet answer is, sorry, no. There are quite a few import restrictions on meat into the US, and pork products are almost entirely not allowed unless they're canned pork cooked in the can. In very few cases swine and swine products can enter the United States. Commercially canned pork is allowed if the CBP officer can determine from the label ...


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There are a number of websites (one is called uShip) that allow you to post details of a big or small removal job, and have removal companies, men with vans etc. bid for them. Because you get a large number of bids, and they are in competition with each other, you can get a very good price. Another advantage is that many will be taking a particular route ...


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We flew with our dog (70 lbs labrador, ~32 kg) from the US to Europe and it worked much better that we had expected. Things that helped Dogs need to fly in a crate. Google "Sky Kennel" for some examples (no endorsement implied or intended) Make sure you get the crate at least a few weeks before the trip and have the dog use and sleep in it. That gives the ...


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I usually put all the heaviest things (ie. books) in my carry-on and then get the biggest suitcase and stuff the rest in there, or 2 suitcases and pay the extra fee. This is possible if your things fit into the suitcase and are not strange sizes. It is difficult to move that size luggage at a good price since it is too small for putting on a boat or ...


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They should offer a surface mail option which is usually a lot cheaper but also a lot slower, usually around 3 months delivery time. There are some more details on the New Zealand Post website.


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Call the airline and ask - there must be procedures in place for people who travel with unwieldy but fragile pieces of luggage. Musicians travel a lot, for example, and a guitar is neither hand-luggage-shaped nor sturdy enough to be thrown into the cargo hold. It'll probably cost extra, but hopefully not as much extra as buying an entirely new computer on ...


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