Well I managed to sweet talk myself into UPS's new program and these are the lowest rates for air shipments I have ever seen!
How does the program works? I have to accumulate a number of European orders together and they are shipped as a single shipment and then broken up into their own shipment by UPS staff. That's why the delivery time may be up to 3 weeks on average. If I don't have enough packages, it may take a little while longer, but it definitely will be quicker then sending it surface. The best shipping rates start at 5 lbs to a max of 10 lbs of product. You need to stay under 10.5 lbs. It's cheaper to send 2 shipments of 10 lbs, then 1 shipment of 20 lbs!
You will notice that you now have to pay your countries' applicable VAT, if that country is in this program. However that still works out to a significant reduction even when combined together.
|Example order shipped to the UK||NOTE EACH COUNTRY HAS A DIFFERENT RATE|
|2 x 4 mil Dual Pocket Resealable||3.40|
|4 x 4 mil inner sleeves||4.00|
|$ CAD||UPS Consolidated||Standard Air||Surface|
|Shipping – Air||$17.50||$72.27||$78.69|
|Shipping Cost /lb||$2.20||$9.09||$9.90|
|Shipping time||Approx 3 weeks||5 – 7 days||8 to 12 weeks|
Countries I have updated into the program:
|Weight per item
If your country isn't listed, you will still have "surface" and "air" shipment choices.