How to Ship Books Overseas

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How to Ship Books Overseas
Shipping books overseas is a simple process. (books 1 image by MLProject from

Shipping books overseas, whether you're sending a gift to a friend or making an exchange for college textbooks, can be easily done by anyone in the United States. All you need is to package all of the books individually in small boxes, take them to the post office and get an M-bag. This large, canvas duffel bag is an inexpensive way to send small boxes containing printed matter overseas.

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Things you need

  • Small carboard boxes for books
  • U.S. Postal Service M-bags

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  1. 1

    Put the books in small boxes. Write the address of the recipient clearly on the inside and the outside of the boxes.

  2. 2

    Place the books in separate boxes. Close the boxes and seal them. Each book needs to be put in a separate box even if the books are going to the same destination.

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    Take the boxes to the post office and ask for a U.S. Postal Service M-bag. This is a canvas duffel bag or sack where all the boxes are placed. The M-bag must weigh less than 29.9 Kilogram. There are three types of M-bags -- Airmail M-bags, International Priority Airmail M-bags, and International Surface Air Lift M-bags -- for sending printed matter by air or surface mail.

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