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This is good packing. The box is adequately-sized (especially as to length), the carbs are bubble-wrapped, cardboard is used on the insides of the box to reinforce it, and stiff paper filler is used instead of peanuts.
International customers please read (click).
You and I want the same thing. Safe, reliable, trackable shipping at a reasonable cost. Experience has shown that for continental shipping, nothing beats FedEx. It's economical, reliable, and eminently trackable. It's great. However, outside the contigious U.S., that is, to Alaska, Hawaii, Western and Eastern Europe, Canada and Scandinavia, USPS Priority delivers the best value.
  • ship insured rather than signature required
  • but don't overinsure as that will result in automatic signature required
  • don't ship packages owing customs duty -- I will refuse them
 International shipments:
It's an unfortunate and frustrating situation with goods returning to non-U.S. origins, and their prohibitively high customs duty. Keeping the declared value down helps. U.S. Customs delays anything over $100 in value and gets in a dither when the value exceeds $2500. Also, be aware that return shipments of carburetors to non-U.S. destinations typically take four weeks minimum, often longer. Most of this time appears to be spent in the respective country's Customs Depts. Who knows why.
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If you are outside North America, I need to know what part of your shipping address is the COUNTY, BUROUGH, PARISH, or TOWN; which part is the CITY or MUNICIPALITY, which is the STATE or PROVINCE, etc. USPS demands these things and needing to ask you for them later significantly delays your shipment.
It is worth your while to take special care when packing carburetors. Inline four carbs often have delicate pieces sticking out that are easily damaged. These K8 carbs really need protection on the bottom so that their brass overflow nipples don't get damaged. Tape a thick piece of cardboard and follow that up with bubble wrap. The nipples cannot be straightened and replacement float bowls are spendy.
Shipped Gold Wing carburetors are especially vulnerable in this particular area, the throttle bellcrank. A piece of round cardboard taped over the bellcrank works well to keep these carbs from poking through their boxes.
On Honda SOHC Four carbs, cardboard-wrapping the throttle cable bracket lessens the chance that the carbs will poke through or tear up the shipping box. On many Honda carbs, tighten the choke cable clamp before shipping. If left loose, the rigors of travel will cause the clamp to fall out inside the box and get lost.
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Boxes going long-distance really shouldn't be reused ones, as the cardboard may be weakened.
Shippers can definitely be rough on boxes, so plan accordingly.
The float bowls on the carbs in this box were badly damaged in shipment. See all the holes?
Another damaged box. Pack with a care and don't let your carbs get damaged in shipping.
A word about shipping with peanuts.

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