Shipping to the U.S. -- Advice please?

zarita

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Hi, I need to ship about 2-3 suitcases worth of clothes and misc. items to the U.S. What is the best way to do this, cost-wise? I do not care how long it takes to get there. Thanks in advance. Cheers!
 

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Pay someones airfare, and give them a free trip. Or expect to get involved in a nightmare.
 

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i shipped an 85 pound suitcase of clothes and misc down here through fed ex and it was more or less a nightmare. it costed something like 700 dollars with Fed ex. then they held it for about 50 pesos a day because i had a "used electric razor" inside. when i went to Ezeiza to deal with it fed ex no longer had my bag but the AR customs did and i had to scramble for 2 1/2 hours between 3 offices before they closed for the day getting seemingly worthless but necessary signatures and stamps on my paperwork until i told to pay my fine. then i had to go to 3 or 4 more people to actually retrieve the bag. when i actually got the bag and they opened it in front of me they didnt know what they were looking for or why they were really holding the bag, i could see it in the guy's face, and when i told him it was just my luggage he just let me go with it never mentioning a razor. so i believe the whole reason it was in customs was because it was a heavy bag and they didnt want to deliver it or really deal with it at all so they make me come down and get it and charge me until i do.

seriously try and have a friend bring stuff down here but if not ship as little as you can. and dont ship oversized things like i did, keep it below 50 lbs maybe around 30-40 at most. not sure the cost on it.

hope this helps!
 

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RandallBass said:
i shipped an 85 pound suitcase of clothes and misc down here through fed ex and it was more or less a nightmare. it costed something like 700 dollars with Fed ex. then they held it for about 50 pesos a day because i had a "used electric razor" inside. when i went to Ezeiza to deal with it fed ex no longer had my bag but the AR customs did and i had to scramble for 2 1/2 hours between 3 offices before they closed for the day getting seemingly worthless but necessary signatures and stamps on my paperwork until i told to pay my fine. then i had to go to 3 or 4 more people to actually retrieve the bag. when i actually got the bag and they opened it in front of me they didnt know what they were looking for or why they were really holding the bag, i could see it in the guy's face, and when i told him it was just my luggage he just let me go with it never mentioning a razor. so i believe the whole reason it was in customs was because it was a heavy bag and they didnt want to deliver it or really deal with it at all so they make me come down and get it and charge me until i do.

seriously try and have a friend bring stuff down here but if not ship as little as you can. and dont ship oversized things like i did, keep it below 50 lbs maybe around 30-40 at most. not sure the cost on it.

hope this helps!

I think zarita's goal is to ship stuff to the US, not to Argentina.

I agree with Tangobob. Paying someone's airfare is probably most cost effective.
 

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I agree with Steve that the OP is looking for advice on the opposite direction...

But regarding the "used electric razor": when we moved here we had to list all electrical appliances with the serial numbers. So there is definitely something important to them about electronics coming into the country.
 

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Honestly, probably cheaper to take it with you and worst case pay the excess baggage costs at the airport.

I will tell you that just shipping a pair of boots to the US was over $100 USD.
 
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