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    USPS Express Mail International Restrictions

    Hello, I am looking to buy a watch from US to be shipped to Europe.
    Seller offers
    USPS Priority Mail International

    which is more expensive and slower than the Express mail.
    But there is a restriction for shipping watches and jewelry with express, why is that and is it that strictly conduct?
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    Re: USPS Express Mail International Restrictions

    Priority Mail is not more expensive than Express or Global Express Guaranteed, the other options. Read all about it on the USPS website, you'll be much better off getting the information from the source rather than asking here.http://pe.usps.gov/text/imm/immc1_012.htm#ep1001650

    134.1 Service Options

    The following services can be used to send the articles noted in 134.2:
    First-Class Mail International service with Registered Mail service.
    Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes with Registered Mail service.
    Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes with Registered Mail service.
    Priority Mail International service with insured service.

    Note: Neither Express Mail International service nor ordinary (uninsured) Priority Mail International service can be used to send the articles noted in 134.2.

    134.2 List of Articles

    The following valuable articles may be sent only with the services noted in 134.1:
    Coins, banknotes, and currency notes (paper money).
    Instruments payable to bearer. (The term “instruments payable to bearer” includes checks, drafts, or securities that can be legally cashed or easily negotiated by anyone who may come into possession of them. A check or draft payable to a specific payee is not regarded as payable to bearer unless the payee has endorsed it. If not endorsed, or if endorsed in favor of another specific payee, it is not regarded as payable to bearer.)
    Traveler’s checks.
    Manufactured and unmanufactured platinum, gold, and silver.
    Precious stones, jewels, jewelry, watches, and other valuable articles.

    Note: The term “jewelry” is generally understood to denote articles of more than nominal value. Inexpensive jewelry, watches, such as tie clasps and costume jewelry, containing little or no precious metal, is not considered to be jewelry within the meaning of this section and is accepted under the same conditions as other mailable merchandise to any country. Inexpensive jewelry is accepted to countries that prohibit jewelry, but only at the sender’s risk.
    134.3 Prohibitions

    Individual countries prohibit or restrict some or all of the valuable items listed above. See the “Prohibitions and Restrictions” section in the Individual Country Listings.
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    Re: USPS Express Mail International Restrictions

    Priority is less expensive than Express. When shipping from the US to Europe (I've shipped watches to Serbia a few times), USPS Express International has always been 100% reliable - the package takes 1-2 weeks depending on customs.
    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: USPS Express Mail International Restrictions

    Hello Sodiac, your reply was of no help.

    First of all I've already checked the prices, here's the link
    International Price Calculator

    Express is 39$ and Priority from 35-48$ (the seller offers the more expensive 1, do not know why, but am going to ask him), 4 extra $ would be no problem for faster service with tracking number.

    Second thing, I was asking for experiences with shipping watches by Express mail international and their restriction, I think this is the best place to get the answer about that.

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    Thank you Eric
    so there is no problem using Express for watches?
    Last edited by Milanche78; February 6th, 2012 at 01:04.
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    Re: USPS Express Mail International Restrictions

    No problems using Express for watches but I've never had to file a claim, so it really is at your own risk.

    As for pricing, Express will almost always be more expensive than Priority for an insured package of the same size and weight. I wouldn't even bother with priority if you need to have it insured. Keep in mind international insurance claims are another matter and I would not necessarily count on being able to recover the funds if the package is lost (USPS will say as long as they got it out of the country, they will wipe their hands clean of it).
    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: USPS Express Mail International Restrictions

    If you check the fine print (restrictions) on the USPS website prior to printing online USPS Express Mail International postage - you will see watches (and many several other higher value items) as previously mentioned are not allowed to be sent internationally using USPS Express Mail International (this is part of a worldwide postal agreement). This is not to say you can't luck out (get away with it) in some countries. The restriction section also states that watches sent internationally via USPS Mail International Express can be confiscated.

    USPS Global Express does allow watches & other valuables to be sent internationally as FedEx is the international carrier - not the postal service of the receiving country. This allows for much higher insured values. USPS Global Express service is about 20% less than the cost of a similiar FedEx type shipment.

    The point A to point B shipment arrives within several days - Customs of the receiving country is the major delay in most cases.
    Last edited by por44; February 6th, 2012 at 01:58.

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