Post delivery times from Germany to the U.S.

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Could anyone tell me how long (approx.) it take for a tiny package (smallest sized one bought at post and sent as Luftpost brief) to get to the East Coast from here.

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depends, some of my postcards took 4 days from West Coast to Germany and another batch 2 weeks despite mailing them at the same time...

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Letter/postcard will take 5-6 days normally. Package of any size will take no less than that. It depends how you send the package. If you shell out for the full-priced, first class airmail, it should arrive within 6-10 days; otherwise it could take anywhere from three weeks to a couple months.

 

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Like BD said, every time I've mailed a letter it's taken about 7 days. Might be longer for a package.

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I sent it with Luftpost airmail - as a letter althought it is a tiny very light package. Half the size of an A4 envelope.

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If it's anything like a postcard from USA to Germany, about 2 weeks!

What?! When I lived in Chicago, my mail consistently arrived in Germany within 3 - 4 days of mailing it. Seriously.

 

However, from Germany to the US seems to take a bit longer, about a week/ week and a half.

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Well I posted a load a load of postcards in Memphis and they all arrived about 2 weeks later, not just in Germany, but England and Holland too.

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My s/o and I send packages back and forth all the time. It always takes longer for Germany to US. I just recieved a post card from him that he sent almost 3 weeks ago, while cards I send to Germany generally take 3-5 business days. I send him packages that usually take 4-7 business days unless it gets tied up in Customs. When he sends me a package it takes sooo long. Once he even spent money on expedited delivery (he spent almost 30 euro extra!) for a bday package and that one took almost 5 weeks!

 

I think it's because the postal services of each country have agreements only to deliver the packages, but aren't bound by any of the promised delivery times. My postmaster advised me of this when I wanted to spend the extra to get a package to germany a little faster, she said don't bother.

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when people from the US sent me stuff it'd take about 4-6 days on avg. When i've sent things US to DE i'm not sure since the people don't tell me if they get it or not and if it is mentioned it's usually after a week or so of them already having it.

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However, from Germany to the US seems to take a bit longer, about a week/ week and a half.

I think you have that backwards.

 

 

In my experience going from germany to the US is quicker than vice versa.

Exactly. A letter to home takes 6-7 days and only 2 of those days are required for it to leave Munich and be on a plane out of Frankfurt heading to the states. When I lived in Md., it took a week to 10 days fro a letter to go to N. Virginia. A distance that I could have driven within an hour by the way.

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That's absolute bullshit and you know it. The US Post Office is one of the most efficient postal systems in the world (save for their counter "service"); a first class letter mailed in the continental US will normally arrive within two days. The mail I get from the US generally arrives within six days. The big difference is the price: inland US is less than half what it costs here and international is less than a quarter of the price. A fucking "overnight" letter starts at €51, requires a minimum of three business days and you get no guarantee whatsoever. With a company other than the USPO (who partner now with shitty DHL) from the US to here it's less than half that cost and guaranteed to arrive within three calendar days, and "within 48 hours" as an available option.

 

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The price is probably a larger difference than the time. Prices for sending a 20g airmail letter:

 

From USA to Germany (USPS): $0.84 (€0.62)

From Germany to USA (Deutsche Post): €1.70

 

So it costs nearly three times as much to send a letter from Germany to the USA than vice versa. I honestly have no idea how this country can function properly with Deutsche Post in charge of the postal system.

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The big difference is the price: inland US is less than half what it costs here and international is less than a quarter of the price.

I don't want to incur the wrath of the Dog but as of tomorrow, inland first class costs $0.41.

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And a letter in Germany costs €0.55, over $0.74, so even with a price hike, still close to half of what it costs us here, and that in a country which is physically 270 times as large as this one. A letter from New York City to Hawaii costs the same as a letter within NYC, and both will have been delivered no later than three days.

 

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I suppose it might depend on where you mailed the package from. If you mailed it from a city with direct flight connections to Germany, it will arrive quicker than if you send it from some hick town in the middle of nowhere, therefore taking a few extra days to arrive.

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That's absolute bullshit and you know it.

No it is not. I sent the letter and I know fucking when it arrived. This goes for the letters that I sent from Md. to Tn and to my bank in Texas. It took 2-4 days to Tn and 3-5 days to Texas. The letters to Texas were bank deposits and I knew exactly when it got there because USAA don't fuck around and would immediately credit my account. As for the letters to home, well I have to take the word of my family and friends on when they arrived and I have no reason not to trust them.

 

Just before I left the DC area some 10 years ago, they found bags and bags of undelivered mail. Hell, they found a trailer full at one of the main POs and postal worker who had bags and bags at his house. I think that my letter to N. Va got caught up in that caper. Supposedly it had been going on for a while when they discover the 2 plus million pieces of mail including nearly a million first class letters.

 

Here, I have mailed a letter from Munich to a small town in norther Germany and it got there the next day. That kind of freaked me out the first time it happened.

 

My mail home to Tennessee takes 6 days and only during the anthrax ordeal did that change a bit. My father just sent me a letter on the 1st of May, I got it on Wednesday the 9th. You do the math.

One thing that I have noticed is that packages sent by ground/ship take longer going to the states than they do coming from the states. The difference can be as much as 2 to 3 weeks.

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Truth will out.

 

I sent the letter and I know fucking when it arrived.

 

A letter.

 

I think that my letter to N. Va got caught up in that caper.

A caper which involved around a million pieces of mail in a specific region of a system which handles over 600 million pieces each and every fucking day. Which you neglected to mention. It's like laughing that Joe Blow beat Richard Roe by 22 hours in a marathon without mentioning that Roe only had one leg.

 

Your word of the day: disingenuous.

 

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