Courier service to Australia?


Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 11:36
Just sold my Sigma 180mm macro on the other forum and the buyer is in Australia. Have totally underestimated the weight and am struggling to bring it in at under 2KG (I estimated it at around 1.4KG) and once I go over the 2kg then Royal Mail is a total no go.

Can anyone recommend a courier to Australia that doesn't cost an arm and a leg for a 2.5kg package with extra insurance?
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Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 11:51

I've only used UPS, Fedex and DHL, and none of those to the UK... Not sure if any of them qualify as being cheap either.


Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 12:12
Mike - don't use DHL - had a lot of poor service from them on overseas stuff.
Last Edited by ISO on 03/10/2010 - 12:12


Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 12:16
Ok thanks .. I may have to send 2 parcels in that case.
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Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 12:29
I have used UPS from the States to UK for something heavier than 2kg.

Cost was possibly circa 60.

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Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 12:41
If the buyer is not in a hurry for it, It could go by surface mail, on a ship. Much cheaper. - Can take up to three months, tho'.
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Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 12:46
I gave my estimated postal price based on insured airmail and he paid .. so therefore it's my problem not his.

I would not be happy having to wait 3 months for a lens I just paid good money for

I based the weight on the Sigma web site .. I just forgot about the case, paperwork and packaging.
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 03/10/2010 - 12:47


Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 13:02
Have a look at

I've not used them to send anything but have had things sent to me and they seem OK.
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Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 13:54
I've used for sending parcels within the UK (at far less than you pay at the Post Office) - they are basically reselling DHL etc.

When it comes to international couriers - they are all pretty much as bad/good as each other, had stuff go missing over the years from all of them... they always pay up though, but that's not much help when you actually wanted the missing item!
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Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 14:07
cardiff_gareth wrote:
Mike-P wrote:
Ok thanks .. I may have to send 2 parcels in that case.

What, half a lens in each parcel

Lens in one parcel and box, case and paperwork in the other.

I have managed to get it in at 1.98 Kilos without the manual and warranty card so as long as the post office scales agree with mine I should be ok and can send the other bits in a jiffy bag.

Still 30 to send it though ...
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Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 14:16
I have bought a number of items off ebay UK. They have all been sent Royal Mail. A little slow but no problems.

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Link Posted 04/10/2010 - 03:52
Do you know anyone flying out here who could pop it in the post for you.

I always use Aussie Post to ship internationally, never had a problem with them, but that isn't going to help you much.

Royal mail have always been good when I have purchased items from the UK, But as you say it can get expensive, just wear the cost Mike and mark it down to experience.
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Link Posted 04/10/2010 - 07:46
Aliengrove - Jon where are you?


Link Posted 06/10/2010 - 00:34
Hi Mike

I've used to send 5kg parcels to France and Spain. They resell DHL services; I'm not keen on DHL but I don't think they're any worse than any of the others.

Just done a quick check for you on 37 for 2.5kg parcel measuring 45cm x 15cm x 15cm. 2-4 day delivery and 50 insurance - extra insurance available for a price.

Hope this helps.

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Last Edited by mpjx on 06/10/2010 - 00:35


Link Posted 06/10/2010 - 05:26
Cheers Martin

Managed to get it in at 1.96 kilo so went by Royal mail for 30.

The problem with the couriers is that they wanted a lot for insurance .. virtually the same as the delvery cost.
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