Re: Mailing packages to Ukraine

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Posted by Some Help on October 17, 1999 at 16:56:09:

In Reply to: Mailing packages to Ukraine posted by Lisa Roth on October 17, 1999 at 14:34:37:

: We recently returned from Ukraine, adopted 2
: beautiful baby girls. I would like to send some
: packages. I read on this board about problems
: sending packages. What is the best way to mail
: packages? Anything special about mailing letters.
: Thank you. Lisa

There isn't any problem with U.S. air mail provided
you are willing to pay for it and do the following:

1) Fill out the pink card for International Registered
mail (they're free but sometimes you have to ask for
them, get a half-dozen or so). Print the name and
address on both the package and the pink form in
Cyrillic. I usually add the word (UKRAINE) in English
after the Cyrillic "Ukraine". Your return address
can be in English. The only time I address foreign
mail in English is when I can afford to lose it, like
a post card, but those often arrive it too. There
is no need to reverse the address order as they do
in the Ukraine, just use name/adress/city/country/zip.

2) Fill out the white "Receipt for Registered Mail"
form, this can all be in English.

3) Fill out the declaration form ACCURATELY. There
are two types of this form, a small short green one,
and larger plain one. The post office will tell you
which one to use, at the moment I have forgetten the
difference (I think it is a weight issue).

3) Check the box marked "GIFT", and put the reasonable
amount of each item and then the total.

4) Pay attention to the declaration sheet, do not
try to ship any contraband, and make sure you have
declared all contents.

5) Packages to Ukraine are only insured for $50
max, consider separate packages to that amount.

6) Pay the price to ship it Air Mail (Par Avion),
it will take two weeks to arrive.

7) For letters only, fill out the pink form as above
and send air mail (you are simply sending a registered

8) After the first time, this is much easier than it
sounds. Keep copies for later reference when sending
other items.

As an example: the very first package I sent contained,
among other things, M&M's. I had forgotten to declare
the M&M's on the form, and after about 8 weeks the
entire package showed up on my doorstep. It had been
opened and searched, but was intact. When it hadn't
arrived, I was sure it was stolen, but I got it back
because of the return receipt. It was returned
because the M&M's weren't declared, and because it
was a food (contraband). And the M&m's were stale
by then, because they had opened everything.

On the other hand, last week I mailed about six
books in one package. Although they are different
books, they are all the same TYPE thing, so I simply
wrote "Books" on the short declaration form along
with the the total price. Do not do this with unlike
items, such as a children's book and a toy, you
should declare each on a separate line.

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