I am pretty experienced in shipping packages between the U.S. and Germany. All I have learned, however, is that it is impossible to estimate when to expect your package in either direction.
Here are the last two packages I got:
Sent from Chicago: 10/17/13
Received in Lüneburg: 11/8/13
Total: 23 days
Sent from New Orleans: 12/9/13
Received in Lüneburg: 12/31/13
Total: 22 days
Damn, that’s over 3 weeks both times! When I lived in the U.S. and sent packages to my boyfriend in Germany, he typically got them in abut 10-14 days.
Since I have type 1 diabetes and American health insurance, my mother has to send me my supplies for my insulin pump from the U.S. So when I realized I only had about a month of supplies left, my mother was quick to get the package in the mail. What if it took nearly a month like the last times?
This time, however, she got a tracking number. Here is what happened:
1/21/14 – dropped off at post office (USPS)
1/22/14 – package arrived at Chicago sorting facility
1/22/14 – processed through sorting facility in Chicago
1/24/14 – processed through sorting facility in Germany
1/24/14 – customs clearance processing complete
1/27/14 – arrival at post office in Lüneburg
1/27/14 – delivered to my apartment
Dang! That’s only 6 days!
But why was the shipping so fast? My mom didn’t pay anything extra to get faster shipping, but if you look at the package you will notice a “Priority” sticker: