Postage and shipping from Morocco
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 23, 2013 4:53 PM Last Post By: mammar70
Feb 3, 2010 12:04 PM
Postage and shipping from MoroccoHi,
I'm shortly going for a couple of weeks to Morocco. I have a bit of spends to go with - which is unusual for me - and I know the souks are going to part me from all my hard earned cash!
I particularly want to buy a couple of lamps and some ceramics - possibly a hand basin as I have seen some beauts in expensive boutiques in the UK. So I was wondering if anyone has any experience with shipping? Is it easy to ship things - to get a fragile parcel carefully made up and protected, and is it expensive? Any pointers and tips or pitfalls and things to avoid would be most gratefully received. Use the post ofice or private companies? I have no previous experience of shipping anything.
Feb 4, 2010 3:12 AM
There are options. I would suggest packing your own materials so that you are ensured they are protected. But, you cannot close up your parcels before they are examined at the post, or wherever you choose to send them from. Morocco has FedEx, DHL, and also ChronoPost. All are reliable, but expensive. Shipping through the regular post is also an option, but is slow and of course your stuff may not be guaranteed to be protected (although it will arrive-the postal system was set up by the French and you know their infrastructure!). Also, bigger shops (sporting credit card logos) will also ship your items. I sent back a very expensive and large table for a friend to the States. The shop owners built a small wooden cage around it, packed it up, and shipped it out. They had customs forms (to which you can label your own price) and it all worked out. The best places to do this are Marrakesh and Essaouira, and Fez also has vendors who are used to shipping items. Many even have a one-page sheet they'll pull out to show you the rates. I have never been ripped off with shipping prices; it's only the wares you'll have to bargain hard for.
Feb 5, 2010 1:26 AM
Any advice on shipping a carpet? Looking back on older posts it goes from "Just take it with you on the plane" (can't do, except if I want to spend a small fortune) to "Will end up costing the same as buying one at home" (very possible). Carpets, even the smaller ones are heavy, so is it even worth my while saving my pennies to get one during my stay in Marrakesh?
Feb 5, 2010 3:34 AM
The advice you read or received is quite sound. They wrap them up into a nice carry package and you can bring it right on the plane. It is worth getting one here, the prices are way cheaper (if you are good at bargaining) that outside. Just research how to check for quality and be stern with your prices and what you are looking for.
As far as shipping, my brother just sent one back as a holiday gift. It cost about 30 Euro to send to the States, which isn't bad. You can do it straight from the post office.
I hope this helps!
Feb 5, 2010 6:43 AM
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May 25, 2012 12:09 PM
Im also in the same position - does the Moroccan postal service allow you to send items registered with some sort of tracking? Im from Australia so it has a fair way to go!
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