Why is international shipping so damn expensive

Sending games abroad

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  • Correct; it's just more expensive ...

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  • As far as I know there is nothing to consider.

    Is within the EU and there are no additional expenses.

    Simply select the largest package from DHL and Co and take it in. 😂

    Correct; it's just more expensive ...

    Thank you both

  • Correct; it's just more expensive ...

    That is incomprehensible in the EU era anyway ... A parcel from Salzburg to Munich costs more than twice as much as a parcel from Munich to Wiek on Rügen ...

  • Well, two companies want to earn money from it

    Even if I do not mention it explicitly in the text, I always give mine personal Opinion again.

  • Well, two companies want to earn money from it

    That used to be the case with mobile communications and yet roaming was abolished.

  • You compare an immaterial achievement with a material one. That can be difficult

    Even if I do not mention it explicitly in the text, I always give mine personal Opinion again.

  • You compare an immaterial achievement with a material one. That can be difficult

    I am not really familiar with cellular technology now ... But ... The cellular operators will probably have to rent another infrastructure if they do not have their own ... It is actually not that "immaterial", I think .. And actually a not so wrong comparison ...

    But as I said ... I'm not a mobile phone expert;) ...

    What surprises me: From China to AT, shipping for small parts and plastic waste costs € 0. From AT to DE I already pay around 8 € for the smallest parcels ... That must be pretty wild trade agreements that all the shipping service providers have with China :)!

  • What surprises me: From China to AT, shipping for small parts and plastic waste costs € 0. From AT to DE I already pay around 8 € for the smallest parcels ... That must be pretty wild trade agreements that all the shipping service providers have with China :)!

    I'm not an expert there either - so please correct me if I tell you nonsense - but I once heard that there is a uniform international agreement. This essentially says that the sender country determines the price and has to give a certain percentage of it to the country of arrival. The Chinese then simply say to themselves, "We have to be competitive, so let's set the price to $ 0." Your international partners then look into the tube because X% of 0 is still 0. (I suspect the Chinese are either cross-subsidizing with national shipping or receiving grants from the state.) You can definitely assume that this is not profitable for the Chinese Post itself.

  • Short version:

    The Universal Postal Union has been regulating the dispatch of letters and parcels across borders for more than 145 years. Without this organization with its 192 member countries, broadcasts sent from one country to another would probably never arrive. The postal association determines how much postage between two countries can be charged for postage. Developing countries are granted more favorable conditions - China also had this special status.

    ... but adjustments were made last year that will drastically change the situation:

    The prices for shipments are expected to rise by 27 percent this year. In 2021, Swiss Post will then be allowed to increase domestic costs to a maximum of 70 percent. This was decided in September 2019 by the Universal Postal Union, which defines the framework for cross-border postal traffic. It is about the amount that the post office of a sender country pays the post office of the recipient country for the transport of consignments of goods up to two kilograms.

    Information on the decision of the Universal Postal Union

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  • I occasionally send a used game abroad. Unfortunately, a DHL parcel came back to me recently. I was amazed because I pay close attention to weight, height, etc. Luckily DHL states the reason on the label: "Force majeure"