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    Rant Shipping to France

    Okay... I'm in rant mode. Since this is not directed to a CPF'er it's not a jeer.
    But I would like to see if anyone else has had the same experience as I have.

    In the past 6 months, I have had two packages both sent by GPM to
    France DISAPPEAR never to be heard from. Two years ago, I also had
    the same thing happen but it was airmail.

    The most recent one was registered as leaving the US a few days
    after I shipped it. http://trkcnfrm1.smi.usps.com/PTSInt...=lz746291754us

    It has been over two months and it hasnt' showed up. This time it was over
    $100 worth of lights. I double checked my records with the recipient
    and the address is correct. Anyway, I want ahead and sent replacements
    to him at my loss.

    I'm seriously considering making France a no ship zone for me. Does France
    in general have a grudge against the USA? Has anyone had the same
    experience? Keep in mind that I have shipped around 200 packages in
    the last 6 months, so this is not always the case, but statistically it
    really does show something about the French postal system.

    There I had to get it off my chest.

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    Ouch! I've heard of valuable shipments disappearing in Brazil but I'm suprised to see this in France.

    What about private services like UPS, Fedex, etc.?
    Bob
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    Oh Nooooooooo ....Foursevens........
    What a bad publicity for us, poor French

    I received more than 200 shipments from Japan, Singapore, USA,UK, Argentina, Australia, etc.....
    I have had only one problem from the U.S, when Don sent me a surefire X200 mod, I received only some spare part, but not the light (notice : the package arrived !!) And a package from UK, never arrive...that all.

    Sometimes there are huge delay in delivery from FRance to U.S, (max I encountered , 2 month this summer, remembered OSRAM lantern), but all my packages arrived.

    I don't think France is an exception... and please don't make us a no ship- Zone !!! YOu never had problem with me..isn't it ?
    For valuable product, I use now EMS...quick and tracked registered mail.. but it's about $20.00 each time...I still use GPM for all order < $150.00.

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    Default Re: Shipping to France

    Quote Originally Posted by Frenchyled
    Sometimes there are huge delay in delivery from FRance to U.S, (max I encountered , 2 month this summer, remembered OSRAM lantern), but all my packages arrived.
    I think that was my lantern!

    I've had packages take a couple months to be delivered to France, Scotland, Australia, & Canada as well...so I don't think it's "just France". I wish I knew what caused the slowdowns!!
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    As far as I know, Global Priority stops tracking once the package leaves the US. In order for you to track it to the recipient, you need to send it by Global Express/EMS.. I would suggest that instead of stopping all shipping to France, maybe you could make it compulsory to use Global Express/EMS for shipping. At least this way, you can track where the package is at all times..

    Another method is by registered airmail. I believe that Registered mail may be safer than Global Express/EMS as it is a legal obligation on the postal service to track that the item, and if delivered, is signed for by the recipient so that it can provide proof of delivery.
    Last edited by gregw; 03-23-2006 at 05:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregw
    As far as I know, Global Priority stops tracking once the package leaves the US. In order for you to track it to the recipient, you need to send it by Global Express/EMS.. I would suggest that instead of stopping all shipping to France, maybe you could make it compulsory to use Global Express/EMS for shipping. At least this way, you can track where the package is at all times..

    Another method is by registered airmail. I believe that Registered mail may be safer than Global Express/EMS as it is a legal obligation on the postal service to track that the item, and if delivered, is signed for by the recipient so that it can provide proof of delivery.
    i agree that registered mail should be quite safe.
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    Default Re: Shipping to France

    My experience is that FedEx is both faster and more sure than the postal systems.

    No grudge matches between postal inspectors as you go from US to ? and back.

    FedEx is FedEx and they try harder.

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    Hello 4sevens,

    Bill has a good point about FedEx, but sometimes they are cost prohibitive.

    I use Global Express when shipping to France. I have only had 1 package get stuck in customs in Germany for 6 weeks, but it did get delivered.

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    Default Re: Shipping to France

    Quote Originally Posted by 4sevens
    Does France
    in general have a grudge against the USA?

    Yup.

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