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Re: USPS Express Mail DOA
carrie lestyk wrote:
...I prefer to use Fed ex but it would be me that would
get caught "sneaking".
You can probably become an "approved shipper" at FedEx if you follow
their guidelines, exactly. They are carefully posted at their web site.
Some of what they want, to protect the other packages, may be riskier
for the fish. Very thick bags are one example.
You might be able to use "breather bags" if you used their thick bag as
a liner for the styro, or even outside it, between styro and cardboard.
I haven't read the rules lately.
UPS routinely handles commercial fish shipments from FL. It might be
worth checking and seeing if they would handle fish *when properly packed*.
Two things I know they hate: 1) claims for dead fish that probably could
not have made it, and 2) leaks that damage other expensive shipments
that they have to make good on. When someone walks in with a naked
styro, without even an outer cardboard box, you can bet they will
usually refuse to take it. The cost of replacing an expensive computer
part is just too much risk, especially if they hear it slosh!
If things get worse, I suspect we are nearing the date when the AKA
needs to apply some unified pressure to get us the kind of consideration
that other shippers of small live critters get. If we assure UPS or
FedEx that we can teach our folks the proper way to pack, and even make
approved materials available, they might like the business of a hobby
with 1000 or more folks routinely shipping fish and eggs.
Wright Huntley -- 760 872-3995 -- Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514
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