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I need to send my wife some documents for her interview. I have used Fedex before and they are reliable but I saw DHL is cheaper and gives me the same arrival date Fedex does. Does DHL use a 3rd party shipping company for delivery in the Philippines like Fedex does. If so is this company reliable? I will be using a small padded envelope. Will it cause any problems with DHL or customs if I throw a few chocolate bars in with the documents (may be messy if they melt though)? My wife has a few weeks before her interview so worst case I can resend everything Fedex if I had any problems but I would be out some money. I would be curious about how UPS does things too but they are more expensive than Fedex.


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DHL is/was is used to deliver documents from NVC in USA to Embassy in Manilla. Yes they are reliable. I would not suggest putting chocolates, since you are paying for documents only and the chance of melting is great.

Fed Ex/DHL are both excellent choice. Interesting DHL is cheaper in your area, Where I live it is same price. I like Fed Ex over DHL, they do a better job tracking versus DHL.

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DHL is fine. I think they interface with LBC on the Phil side. DON'T send chocolates, paper docs only.


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DHL and FedEx are your two best choices. You have had good luck with FedEx in the pasr so it would be my choice.

Put your candy in a zip lock bag as it will keep everything seperated. Would be a good idea to do the same with your paperwork.


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Fedex it is!

Chocolates NO!

I have tried both...

Anything that is better about Fedex than DHL that would justify me paying about $25 more? Fedex is $65 up to .5 lbs and DHL is $55. Not a big difference. Unfortunately my documents weigh over 1 lb. That puts me at $100 for Fedex versus $75 (with a promo code i have) for DHL. I have used Fedex a few times and the package gets there very quickly. I have not used DHL but they are giving me the same arrival date as Fedex. Ultimately speed is not a huge factor as the interview isn't until the 17th so as long as it will get there before then that is all that matters. I just want to make sure they don't hand it off to some 3rd party company in the Philippines with the reliability of the Philippines postal service.

I'm not going to risk the chocolates. It was a bad idea. I just figured I would come up with somthing to send my wife since all I could do is send her some money for Chruistmas and that isn't as personal. If anyone has any ideas for something I could throw in the envelope that might only weigh a few ounces I'm listening. At this point the documents are the main concern though.


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DHL and FedEx are your two best choices. You have had good luck with FedEx in the pasr so it would be my choice.

Put your candy in a zip lock bag as it will keep everything seperated. Would be a good idea to do the same with your paperwork.

Fed Ex when I shipped it was declared documents only, So I think putting chocolates in a documents only shipping is not a wise move.

If someone wants some chocolate, send some money and let them go to the C store and buy a Cloud Nine.

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I thought about that but I was worried about customs related issues since I am declaring the pa ckage to be documents.

Documents are documents, NOT chocolates.


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I thought about that but I was worried about customs related issues since I am declaring the package to be documents.

Customs is not going to have a problem with a view chocolate candy mars. What is in a one lb package of documents? Seems like overkill in document that you are sending.


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Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

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What is in a one lb package of documents? Seems like overkill in document that you are sending.

Paperwork for my wife and step son's interview and medical exams. I removed the medical exam paperwork because it wont get there on time and she can print it all. As far as interview paperwork goes I am trying to include everything she will need (or might need) minus the few documents she already has in organized packages for her and my step son. Even removing everything she could print on her own and just including things she needs from me I am over .5 lbs so I might as well put everything together for her to reduce her stress level. She has a hard time using computers. She can print stuff but I need to walk her through it on the phone.


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