Has anybody ever shipped a package to Mexico.
I was there last week and I met a poor family that I thought I could help.
They needed everything. Clothes, dishes, toys, odds and ends etc..
So when I got back to Houston I put a bunch of stuff in a large U-Haul cardboard box.
Then I shopped shipping rates. That was the first surprise. The box weighed 38.5 Lbs. There was a lot of stuff in it ( nothing of very much value, but useful to them). Rates ranged from $541 with DHL!!!! to $111 with USPS. This was more than I wanted to spend, but I had promised to help them.
So I went to my main post office and mailed it on Sept. 2, via international priority for $111. The lady said it would take 6-10 days and there was no tracking # nor insurance available but she did give me the customs form tracking #.
Today,I thought it was time to start checking if it arrived so I called USPS this AM. I was on the phone for 2 hours! I determined that it arrived in Los Angeles on Sept. 5th. This was strange, since that is out of the way for a shipment from Houston to the Valley.
And than the shocker. Another USPS lady told me that the package then goes to Germany, which is the USPS International Mail transhipment point for the world! Has anybody ever heard of this?
So, even though, I was trying to mail it from Houston, Tx. to Reynosa , Mexico, a straight shot of about 300 miles, it's going to go from Houston to L.A. to Germany and then hopefully to Mexico. I will be surprised if they even get the package, let alone in 6-10 days. I can start an inquiry, but it must be after 7 days and today is one day short.
Has anyone ever encountered something this crazy?
PS: The package contained mostly stuff like toothbrushes and underwear. And toys for their kids. It's no wonder Mexico is so poor if they steal things like this.