Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:35 AM
I was concerned about sending documents to my fiancée recently. I'd read on here about the dangers of sending with USPS versus some of the other services. However, when the time came for me to send the documents, after receiving the NOA2, I started looking at pricing. For 6 1/2 ounces of envelope and papers (about 30 pages, give or take), UPS wanted $90, FedEx wanted $80, and the USPS wanted $45. All services said roughly 5 days delivery, with FedEx offering 3 day for a bit more. I figured with about 3 weeks available I would try my luck with the USPS. I had extra copies of everything, including original certified copies of my birth certificate and divorce decree, so I certainly could have resent via FedEx later, if documents didn't arrive.
I sent the middle of last week, Wednesday April 24. I hoped for arrival by the end of this week and planned to send via FedEx this Friday if USPS didn't make it.
Long story short, the package was delivered Tuesday Philippines time, just 6 (5?) days after I sent the package. No muss, no fuss, no bother.
I can't say it would work every time, but in my case is was easy peasy, and I would recommend it.
Good luck to all.
I would never send anything to the Philippines via USPS. USPS hands over the package to PhilPost (Philippines USPS counterpart) which is an organization that's known for being extremely unreliable. I've sent a few things (luckily nothing important) in the past using USPS and once it reached PhilPost it never reached my wife.
I recommend using LBC, a popular courier based in the Philippines. I'm not sure the availability in your area but we have a few offices here in California. I used them recently to send my wife some documents - they arrived in her hands in three days. Not bad for a service that cost $20.00.
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