We Ship Worldwide
UPDATE: As of October 2, 2021, the U.S. Postal Service has suspended parcel delivery to 21 countries, including Australia and NZ, “due to an unavailability of transportation”. We can still ship by private carriers, but it will be more costly. Send us an email and we can work up a pro forma quote.
Any order, anywhere in the USA, ships for a flat $10.00 postage charge.
We like to keep it simple and make it easy for you to buy type. Domestic orders ship using U.S. Postal Service Flat Rate Boxes—and we pack ’em bomb-proof, just look at the Testimonials page for some fun customer feedback. On all but the smallest orders, actual postage is more than $10.00, but we absorb the added cost. This also works in your favor as a quantity discount. The bigger your order, the more postage we pay and you don’t!
Skyline has many overseas customers and we can easily ship type anywhere in the world. It’s costly, but that’s just a fact of life. Although we have experienced a few lost, delayed or misdirected shipments, mainly due to disruption caused by the pandemic, things seem to have stabilized now. [Except for Great Britain, where as of May 2021, there are still outrageous delays.]
There are several modes to get a parcel of type to you. One is for you to use a freight forwarder with a U.S. shipping address. (Skyline’s flat domestic postage will apply.) This is a good way to go, but use caution to check the reviews and reputation before selecting a company—there are some that should be avoided.
Another mode we use is the U.S. Postal Service’s International Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box. This has a weight limit of 20 lbs, allowing a type payload of 18½ lbs. Postage will range from $79.75 to $89.85 (2021 rates) depending on destination. There is also a Small Flat Rate Box at lower postage, with a weight limit of 4 lbs, that can accommodate most single items. We have had good reliability with USPS for shipping to the far east and down under.
There are some places to which postal shipping has proved unreliable—unfortunately, United Kingdom being the worst. For customers there we use the third option: a shipping broker called Parcel Monkey. This outfit will return instant online bids from multiple private carriers such as FedEx. We select the least expensive and off goes your type. There is no weight limit; cost is variable and usually somewhat more than USPS. This mode will also get parcels delivered to smaller and developing countries where postal shipment is a bad gamble.
For those countries which have Customs fees, including Korea, UK and Australia, we make every effort to minimize the declared value. Contents are described as “Book Printing Type”. We understand that this is a non-taxable item for import into the UK, but Customs has still taxed some shipments, and even returned them to sender for reasons we were not able to determine.
On the Skyline site you can use the Cart to assemble your order. Add and removing items as you wish, and the total net weight will be displayed at the bottom of the page. (No total is shown on the Wish List, unfortunately.) Because we ship by various modes, the Skyline web site cannot accurately calculate postage when you place an overseas order. For now, international customers should just send us an email with your want list. We’ll get a freight quote and send you a pro forma invoice for final approval. Easy!