Shipping Gear Home To U.S. From Germany

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by 33 1/3, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. 33 1/3

    33 1/3 Adventurer

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    My wife and I are taking the Edelweiss Best of Europe tour next fall. Following this ride, we'll be spending two weeks traveling around France by air and rail. We try to travel light, and I absolutely do not intend to drag all our riding gear around during that time. We will not be returning to Germany after the bike tour.

    The ride begins and ends in Erding, Germany. If anyone has actuallly dealt with this before and has some information on who to deal with in Erding, we would greatly appreciate your advice. I've contacted Edelweiss, and they don't recommend shipping. They state that FedEx, UPS, and DHL are options, but I do not see any of their offices on a map of Erding. I'm hoping to find the German equivalent of a U.S. Pack 'n' Mail who could box this stuff up and make it reappear in Texas.
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  2. alicethomas

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  3. 33 1/3

    33 1/3 Adventurer

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    Thank you for the information. The Deutsche Post may be the best option. I found a review of our hotel in which a rider was assisted with shipping by the hotel staff. I just need to find a big box while we are there.
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  4. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    The DP office round the corner from my sister's appartment has a range of boxes especially for shipping on display.
    Not sure how much stuff you have.

    There are other package/parcel co's operating in Germany too - Hermes have a collection/delivery from the corner shop next to my sister's place.

    The examples are just to show the ubiquity of the services, not as a specific guide for your use.
    One block, two services, maybe more, I have never had the need to seek them out. Just the two I know of within sauntering distance.
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  5. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Been doing this many times. Deutsche Post Parcel Service is DHL and they are fine. Sometimes the offices are split into DHL/ Parcel and a general postal items in a different room/ building etc.

    Unlike most other postal services, DP charges on weight rather than volume.
    Nowadays there's only one option + one rate. The o/s shipments are done by air. Expect parcels from Germany to arrive in the US within a week or so.
    https://www.dhl.de/de/privatkunden/pakete-versenden/weltweit-versenden/paket.html
    click the "Preise" button down that page , choose "Zone 5 USA" for the different pricing groups according to weight limits.
    i.e. got 12kg = pay for 20kg
    Postage always includes a tracking number.

    Use an extra roll of packing tape to make sure your box arrives in one piece :-)
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  6. 33 1/3

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    Great information folks. It looks like the DHL price is only about 77 euro for 20kg. We will ship back our helmets, jackets, boots and riding pants. They weigh 18kg all together. I've been a bit concerned about this, and your assistance is greatly appreciated. Can't wait for the trip!
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