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Need help with APO shipping(10 posts)

Need help with APO shippingteoteoteo
Jun 2, 2003 11:33 AM
Hey all,

I am trying to get info on what shipping companies will ship a bike to an APO (Germany). I am trying to get a 5900 over to a friend. I was told USPS does APO but has size restrictions. Anyone out there that can offer me some advice.
USPS ONLY!GeoCyclist
Jun 2, 2003 4:39 PM
You can only send / receive mail via USPS via your APO / FPO address. I've shipped two bikes to / from APO addresses in the last 9 months. I sent a large frame Cannondale via PARCEL Post; as the box size exceeded 108 total inches. I received my new bike via PRIORITY mail; two boxes under 108 inches. There is a significant charge to send boxes over 108 inches (about $60 on top of the regular cost). Box size is measured by total girth (all the way around the widest point) + the length. Unless you have a really large frame, you should be able to get your frame in one box, wheels in a second box, all under 108 inches.

One other note; being in Germany this shouldn't be a problem, but at small bases your box could take up to 3 months to arrive regardless of class of postage. Large boxes typically get put on the plane last. I waited 3 months for a 108 inch Priority mail box when I was living in Turkey. Unfortunatley the box had one half of my tandem bike, and one of my rebuilt mountain bike wheels. I couldn't ride for three months.

Best of luck!
Packing tipsGeoCyclist
Jun 2, 2003 4:48 PM
Here is a pic of the two boxes I received my bike in.
Packing tipsGeoCyclist
Jun 2, 2003 4:54 PM
Here is a pic of how the bike was rapped up inside the box.
Packing tipsGeoCyclist
Jun 2, 2003 4:57 PM
Make sure you double sleave the inside of the box with extra cardboard. Have a look at this pic of the bike in the box.
Packing tipsGeoCyclist
Jun 2, 2003 5:11 PM
The two wheels were the only thing in the ZIPP wheel box. You should be able to score a used wheel box from your LBS. Make sure you get the cardboard wheel sleeves with the box. To mail the two boxes to a Japan FPO via USPS Priority mail with $5500 insurance cost $110.00. The box arrived in just over a week. The bike I mailed to the States Parcel Post took two weeks. Must be great to have a friend in the States how will mail a bike to you!!!

Ride On!
Jun 2, 2003 5:17 PM
I really appreciate the help. I am actually sending him a 5900! I have access to all kinds of boxes through LBS but we've never shipped APO.

Thanks a million for the advice.
Hey GeoCyclist...SLR
Jun 3, 2003 5:00 AM
Your floor tiles and wall look like mine...are you at Yokota?
Iwakuni (nm)GeoCyclist
Jun 3, 2003 4:57 PM
Another option...Asphalt Addict
Jun 2, 2003 6:24 PM
If your friend is near a major city in Germany (Frankfurt) it is possible to use Fedex and he can pick it up at the shipping point. Ship it for pick up only. What GeoCyclist said is right on target. If your friend is located in the boondocks, for sure send it USPS.