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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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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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No, UKVI at the British Consulate New York is not open to the public, and visa applications are not accepted or returned in person, only by mail. You can purchase shipping/return service independently or through VFS Global, following the directions in the application centre package.


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There is a very limited list of items generally prohibited for importing (like drugs, alcohol, and firearms). You may check the components of items you're planning to send to see if there's any prohibited component within. My personal opinion is that with the items you listed, you're all fine, just care about any alcohol component. Here's the exact list of ...


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First, I would like to know if there is a higher chance that a smaller package will not be checked at the US customs, hence no duty will be charged. Depends. Let's say you have 4 snow globes. It's not odd at all that they would be packaged separately. I would make sure the boxes are unsealed so they can verify that's what they are. If it's not logical that ...


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The official UK government website for applying for a UK visa from the USA states that ground service is not acceptable for the return shipping. To have your documents returned you must provide a fully addressed prepaid electronic shipping label (we cannot accept ground services and non-electronic waybills). Put your return shipping label and envelope ...


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For UPS/Fedex, you can use Hold for Pickup/Hold at Location services. The shipping company will hold the package at their depot (which may be in an out-of-the-way location) or a retail store for a limited number of days. You won't be able to have them hold it for two weeks though: UPS is "five days" while FedEx is "5 business days." This is an option if you ...


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For a VAT refund you the product should be exported without being used. If you use it in France you would be expected to pay VAT on it. But once used it is no longer a new laptop, but a used one, part of your personal luggage I would not expect you having to pay import duty on it when flying back to the US. Your biggest issue may be finding one with a US ...


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