From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

Shipping News

MOST READ
The Perfect Cup

Food and Drink

The Perfect Cup

Terra Kaffe’s espresso machine elevates your morning ritual with the press of a...

The Hoodie of the Future

Fashion

The Hoodie of the Future

British clothier Vollebak makes garments for today’s superhero.

The Write Stuff

Design

The Write Stuff

A dip into the world of luxurious fountain pens.

Flying between different climates and terrains, embarking on a ski or golf vacation, or undergoing a painfully thorough security check at the airport—there are many circumstances that make shipping your luggage, skis, or golf clubs an appealing prospect. But what may seem simple comes with hidden hassles. Russia, Denmark, Japan, and Argentina, among others, require a list of everything in the bag, and some countries add customs charges on items you already own. In addition, shipping companies won't send aerosol sprays, perfume, nail polish remover, fur, food, plants, or firearms. And hotels always need to be alerted that your luggage may arrive before you. Using a 40-pound, 24 x 18 x 12 suitcase, we put the shipping process to the test.

UPS
DOMESTIC Next-day delivery: New York to San Francisco, $134; Second-day: $96
INTERNATIONAL Next-day delivery: New York to Vancouver, $150; UPS ships personal effects internationally to Canada only.
POLICIES Suitcases must be unlocked and inside a box. Skis and golf clubs are $5 extra and must also be boxed.
CONTACT Domestic: 800-742-5877; International: 800-782-7892; www.ups.com

FedEx Express
DOMESTIC Next-day delivery: $150, by 8:30 a.m.; $124, by 10:30 a.m.; and $113, by 3 p.m.; Second-day: $87
INTERNATIONAL Second-day delivery: New York to Paris, $235; Second-day: New York to Bangkok, $311
POLICIES Boxing the unlocked suitcase (or golf clubs or skis) is recommended but not necessary. Ask about customs restrictions for your destination.
CONTACT 800-463-3339; www.fedex.com

DHL Express
DOMESTIC Next-day delivery: New York to San Francisco, $119; Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta, $98; Second-day: $88 and $45
INTERNATIONAL Second-day delivery: New York to Paris, $232; Third-day: New York to Bangkok, $311
POLICIES Luggage must be inside a box, as must golf clubs and skis. International shipping times are approximate. Ask about customs restrictions.
CONTACT 800-225-5345; www.dhl.com

Newsletter

Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

You’re no longer on our newsletter list, but you can resubscribe anytime.

Come On In

U.S. issued American Express Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members, enter the first six digits of your card number to access your complimentary subscription.

Learn about membership.