I want to establish a relationship with a bicycle business in the USA that will be my central source for the reliable and flexible acquisition/delivery of bicycle parts and accessories to Peru. So far, I have not had any luck with the Online Stores I have contacted. I have either not received a reply or they are not as flexible as they make out to be on their web sites.
If you look at the list I currently have on my web site you will see that there are quite a few items required. It needs a little updating but it's mostly accurate.
Can they also supply these parts at the same prices.
Unless they have other means, I have determined that the cheapest and most secure way to send parts is by using the U.S. Postal Service's Global Express Mail service which has cheap insurance rates. Rates for both can be found at the following link.
The cost of postage can be calculated starting at the following page which indicates that only the actual weight is required for postage calculation.
However, there is also a size limit where the Max. length is 36" and the Max. length plus girth 79". Calculation of these dimensions is explained at the following page
When it comes to sending rims I have determined that a box with dimensions of 22.5" x 22.5" x 5.75" will meet those limits and should also allow everything I have listed to fit inside if packed efficiently except maybe the Allen Car Rack.
I have asked the people at THARCO (http://www.tharco.com/) to provide some quotes for such boxes.
I believe it would be a cheaper arrangement to use such boxes with US Postal Service than services provided by companies like UPS which charge extra for freighting bicycle rims and wheels and whose prices are substantially higher than that of the U.S. Postal Service.
In all cases it is prudent to fit everything into the smallest package possible. Insurance is a small extra fee.
The commercial invoices should accompany the package with a copy of all invoice documents sent by Airmail to the Addressee and/or scanned and emailed.
I hope to action the purchase of these items as soon as possible and I want to ascertain whether you are willing to assist me in acquiring good quality bicycle products at a fairer price for myself as well as permitting me to provide a better and fairer service for other cyclists living in Peru.
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