Shipping Costs From Uk To The Us

Discussion in 'Let's Talk Vintage' started by nichd, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. nichd

    nichd Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2015
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    39
    Location:
    Midwest
    General question... and purposely asking in the vintage section as I am guessing this is most likely where I would find answers.

    I occasionally see something interesting from over the pond - how much would I typically add for shipping in figuring out cost for say a 4x12 (just to gauge) and/or what services are typically used?

    Maybe it's a stupid question... and I realize costs are going to vary wildly, however just looking for a general sense to have in my back pocket.

    I had a guitar shipped from south korea once and it was silly cheap via EMS... however a 4x12 from the UK is a whole 'nother matter.
     
    stringtree likes this.
  2. Adieu

    Adieu Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Messages:
    655
    Likes Received:
    623
    Don't know about that direction... but US to Europe:
    Guitar $80-120
    100w head $250-350
    4x12 is 2-3x more than the head, at least.... ridiculous, if any mailing company will even have you, unless you find someone who does LCL loads, and a royal pain if you do.

    It's just a plywood box with speakers. Plenty of deals on 4x12 and vintage speakers in the US, and the box itself is actually worthless except for sentimental value crap.
     
  3. BygoneTones

    BygoneTones Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2013
    Messages:
    1,015
    Likes Received:
    538
    UK to USA is expensive, and prices are increasing rapidly all the time too. Cost to ship a 4x12 has almost doubled in the last ten years. That is partly because DHL no longer offer home collection services like they used to and they used to be the cheapest, UPS have taken over that role really thesedays.

    Couriers go by volumetric weight, so the key to getting a sensible quote for a 4x12 is to keep your packaging as tight as possible. It's a very fine line between adding enough cushioning to protect the cab (I recommend using polystyrene sheets) and keeping your dimensions as low as possible for a sensible shipping quote. Just shaving off a cm here or there can make a big difference.

    For a loaded cab, say 50kg, and if you can keep your packed dimensions down to around 82 x 82 x 42cm expect to pay about £200 GBP, but do shop around for the best quotes you can find. I've always used transglobal express as they are usually cheapest, and have very good customer service.

    https://www.transglobalexpress.co.uk/

    If you are buying from a vintage dealer, expect them to add a lot more onto that cost to cover packaging supplies, consumables, time taken etc too. Private sellers tend not to think about those costs, but businesses have to.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019
    RLW59, nichd and stringtree like this.
  4. JakeZine

    JakeZine New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    "If you are buying from a vintage dealer, expect them to add a lot more onto that cost to cover packaging supplies, consumables, time taken etc too. Private sellers tend not to think about those costs, but businesses have to."

    Thanks! Will keep that in mind.
     
    stringtree likes this.
  5. anitoli

    anitoli Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Messages:
    5,538
    Likes Received:
    5,550
    Location:
    Lewiston, Maine U.S.A.
    Prices have almost tripled in 10 years. I used to be able to sent MIDI chips to EU for around $5 now it's $14. Can't imagine anything bigger or heavier.
     
    stringtree likes this.
  6. nichd

    nichd Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2015
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    39
    Location:
    Midwest
    Great and informative post!
     
    chilipeppermaniac likes this.
  7. London John

    London John Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2014
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    215
    Always worth calling RockIt Cargo or Sound Moves.....they often have space on a tour shipment where they've booked capacity on flights. It's saved me many times.....particularly if you're not in a crashing hurry.
     
    nichd, chilipeppermaniac and Adieu like this.
  8. stickyfinger

    stickyfinger Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Messages:
    479
    Likes Received:
    156
    Yep our out country shipping is expensive at minimum. Its now 16$ due to Trumps postal cost increase.

    Ironically shipping into USA is still dirt cheap from the Uk. 5$ for small parcels.

    Makes you wonder how any one could make money at 5$? Lots of hands to pass through customs, fuel ect
     
  9. anitoli

    anitoli Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Messages:
    5,538
    Likes Received:
    5,550
    Location:
    Lewiston, Maine U.S.A.
    They make money on volume if it is there.
     
  10. chard

    chard Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2017
    Messages:
    112
    Likes Received:
    75
    I’ve found UK to USA is a lot less than USA to UK costs. However nothing is cheap, interparcel and parcel2go have been the cheapest for me but still expensive, heads to the USA have usually cost around the £120.00 mark.
     
  11. Antmax

    Antmax Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2015
    Messages:
    804
    Likes Received:
    564
    Location:
    Brit in California
    My mum insists on sending 20kg parcels once or twice a year for birthdays and or christmas. But they choose a double layered box about the size of a large 1x12 combo.

    Royal Mail is hideously expensive. They use one of those shipping companies that sends of a fixed price box/carton/crate you choose. You just fill it up, make sure everything is listed for customs.. The U.S. side was very picky about this because they treat everything as business trade export/ import. Don't care about gifts.

    Takes about 48 hours to get from the South coast of the UK to Sacramento here in California. Arrived via UPS.

    I was shocked how cheap it was. I suspect you need a willing person on the UK side to arrange it though. I'm pretty sure it's done by the carton volume combined with weight restrictions for the size.

    Was impressed with 48 hours door to door delivery for less than domestic ground shipping here.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
  12. soundboy57

    soundboy57 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,608
    Likes Received:
    2,130
    Location:
    Oregon
    No politics mods...
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice