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There are plenty of bells and whistles you can add onto the relatively simple process of sending a package. Your belongings are important to you, and there are ways of shipping them that will give you added comfort and security.

Some of these have to do with delivery speed. You'll want to take into account how quickly you want your items shipped and how much that is worth to you, because you will end up paying a little extra. If you need something delivered by tomorrow, you have the overnight option. If you only need it there in the next few days, there is express or expedited shipping. Other than that, standard shipping will get it there in a week or two.

You can also get confirmation of the delivery of your package, providing you with the knowledge that it was delivered and received safely.

Restricted delivery takes that one step further, only allowing specified people to sign for it. The information becomes available online as well as through a toll-free number. If you'd prefer to have something tangible, you can request a return receipt that will be mailed back to you.

If what you are sending is of significant monetary value, you might consider adding insurance to your postage. Standard mail allows insurance of up to $5,000, while sending your package registered mail insures your items up to $25,000.

If you are sending books, records, CDs, DVDs, or other media, there are economical options that also serve to protect the items you are sending. The United States Postal Service calls this Media Mail®. It is often used by eBay and Amazon sellers to ship media to customers.

International Shipments

Internationally, there are a few ways to ship as well. As with domestic shipping, there are a number of expedited shipping options. There is an option that ensures your package's arrival in 1-3 days in over 190 countries!

Keep in mind, however, that depending on a number of factors, including political turmoil and economic distress, shipping services to certain countries may be restricted or non-existent. Check with the post office or online to make sure that you are able to send things where you need to send them.

Unfortunately, shipping outside of the continental U.S. can be rather expensive. You may find that the cost to ship your item is more than the value of the item itself.

TIP: Try and package things together; maybe even wait to send items until you have a few to send at once. This will save you money on overall postage.

International shipments are also required to go through customs and may be subject to examination. The contents of your packages must be declared on the appropriate forms.

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Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on August 27, 2009

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