Sea mail, USA to Australia, does it e...

Sea mail, USA to Australia, does it exist?

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Trenton, NJ

#1 Jul 30, 2009
Hi E1,

Since USPS doesnt use sea mail anymore is there any other service that will do this? I need to send a 10 lb parcel from USA to Australia but dont wish to pay the high cost that USPS charges.

Buffalo, NY

#2 Jan 16, 2010
I'm still looking for an alternative - I think it's shocking that they discontinued their sea mail service.
They should be ashamed of themselves! The rest of the world seems to manage to offer sea mail...
If I find anything, I'll report back asap.

Perth, Australia

#3 Mar 29, 2010
i'm looking for the same from us to australia but haven't found anything.if anyone out there can help me MUCH APPRECIATED

Perth, Australia

#4 Apr 19, 2010
Me too, is there any way out there to get heavier or non flyable stuff from the US at a "reasonable" rate?

Salem, OR

#5 Jan 18, 2011
Have you heard of seven seas? They seem to offer sea mail from the US to Australia...check them out here:

Julie Sydney Australia

Windang, Australia

#6 Aug 1, 2011
On paper the 7 Seas on quote is better value than USPS. The person who disagreed - can you say why?
Postman Jack

Norfolk, VA

#7 Oct 25, 2011
So how do you people throughout Australia and the United States feel about the idea of a postage stamp that covers at least eighty-five percent of America's tax dollars used to support food stamps!?
Mom called-shut up

Kent, WA

#8 Oct 25, 2011
Perhaps the best "ah-hah" MSM commentary was published yesterday by Bob Sullivan, a consumer-affairs reporter for MSNBC, in explaining that USPS is not looking for a bailout:

"In fact, it's the Postal Service that’s currently bailing out the U.S. government. Politicians have been raiding Postal Service revenues for years, using them to make the federal deficit appear smaller than it really is. The fiscal gyrations are so twisted that the Postal Service is right now forced to pre-pay health care benefits for employees the agency hasn't even hired yet — in fact, for many future employees who haven't even been born yet — all to artificially shrink the federal deficit. It's these crushing accounting tricks, not the cost of delivering mail, that has pushed this 200-year-old institution to the brink."

By the way, that's not much different -- but, frankly, better written -- than what Dead Tree Edition published in September 2009:

"The billions of dollars the Postal Service pre-pays every year into a retirement-benefits fund have nothing to do with retirees and everything to do with making the federal deficit look smaller. Congress is playing an accounting shell game, with the cost of the payments being passed along to mailers in the form of higher rates. That has made mailed products increasingly uncompetitive with such electronic substitutes as email and Web sites, leading to volume decreases and excess capacity in the postal system."

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