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LASL small package service to Latvia: guidelines and restrictions, collection schedule; comparison of LASL ocean and air freight costs to USPS prices

Latvian American Shipping Line (LASL) provides a small package service from the United States to Latvia. (Please note: Since May of 2004 Latvia has been a member of the European Union, and abides by customs regulations established by the EU.) We accept personal packages for individuals in Latvia up to 45 euro = 48 USD, Jan 2017). Packages may be personally delivered or sent by UPS or the U.S. Postal Service to our office or warehouse. We also collect packages at Latvian centers throughout the midwest, along the eastern seaboard and on the west coast four times a year: in February/March, April/May, August and October/November, although the Midwest package collections sometimes exclude the August pickup. Please see our schedule for the next package dates and locations. Delivery in Latvia takes 4-5 weeks from the sailing date. LASL delivers to any address in Latvia. Upon delivery, we obtain a signature from the recipient and the signed receipt is returned to the shipper. We also offer insurance.

According to Latvian postal regulations (as of 2004 when Latvia joined the European Union), an individual may receive a personal package valued up to 45 Euro without having to pay import duties. Personal packages may be sent to individuals at private addresses. Such packages typically consist of an assortment of food and hygiene items or some articles of clothing. If clothing or footwear is used, a "garage sale" price may be indicated and the item should be described as "used". Prescription medicines, aspirin or over-the counter medications, vitamins and alcohol and firearms are not to be included in personal packages. Please do not enclose money in the packages. To send money, we recommend Baltic Financial Services.

Persons shipping packages are kindly asked to obtain a registration form and registration number for each package they wish to ship. Please itemize the contents on the registration form and indicate the true value for all items. Values should be declared in euros. To obtain the euro equivalent of USD: $ x .90 = Euro value (9/24/16 - please see live currency on the top right of this section). Costs include: $1.25/lb. (with a minimum charge of $40.00 for the total shipment) plus first box delivery charges of $19 for Riga addresses and $26 for rural addresses. Delivery for each additional box (Riga and rural) is $16. The delivery charge includes Latvian customs clearance and is automatically added to each shipment.

We also offer special book rates for shipments of books / printed matter to non-profit organizations in Latvia. Rate: $40 per box up to 40 lbs. including delivery from Northeast pickup points and $45 per box up to 40 lbs. from Midwest pickup points. (Boxes exceeding 40 lbs will be charged $1.25 per lb for the additional weight exceeding 40 lbs.) Please kindly address the shipment to the organization and include a contact person's name and telephone number.
Please go to 'small package service schedule' for a listing of eastern seaboard and midwest package pick-up addresses and dates. Packages may also be sent by UPS/USPS to our warehouse address:

Latvian American Shipping Line
84 Harbor Drive,
Jersey City, NJ 07305 USA

Regulations for shipments of humanitarian aid to institutions differ from personal package shipments. Please contact us for further information on shipments to schools, hospitals, orphanages.

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The following is a summary of small package shipment regulations for our quarterly ocean shipments:

In summary: guidelines for PERSONAL PACKAGE shipments:
LASL will clear customs and deliver packages that conform to the following parameters:

  • Max. value of contents per package is 45 euro ($51 USD as of July 2017)
  • One package per recipient.
  • Max. of four packages per address: (ex: one to husband, one to wife, one to son, one to daughter.
  • Max weight of package is 30-35 lbs
  • Suggested dimensions of package: 18” x 18” x 18” (or less).
  • We require a completed shipment registration form to ship!   
  • (Please note:Any changes must be submitted in writing; repacking by LASL of boxes that do not comply with guidelines will result in additional charges)                      **********************************

COMPARISON OF LASL OCEAN, LASL AIR FREIGHT AND USPS RATES AND REGULATIONS;  Please see below for sample cost calculations:

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Example 1:  1 x 20 lb box to Riga address





23 x 11 3" box ( USPS Priority Mail Internatl Large Flat Rate Box)



Value of contents: $50.















LASL Package service:

LASL air cargo: USPS :

$40 min: ocean freight

$74.54
$86.25

$19 customs clear/deliv; ($26 if rural address) 3-5 days from shipping  6-10 days

Total: $59.00

date
receipt arranged by local post office in Latvia

Deliv time: approx 35 days from drop-off recip. picks up at airport/clears customs


Recip signs for package when delivered to his door






Size of box may be up to 20 x 16 x16"




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Example 2: 1 x 29 lbs to Riga address:





18"x18"x18"






Value: $50







LASL Package:

LASL Air cargo: USPS:

$59.00 ocean


$116.96
$580.00

approx 35 days

3-5 days
1-3 days Global Express

recip signs for package when delivered to his door

recipe picks up at airport, clears customs
receipt arranged by local post office in Latvia

for rural address: $26 vs $19 for Riga address













Questions? Please call Anita at (973) 744-6565 x. 5.

                                     Fax: (973) 746-7222           e-mail: pakas@lasl.com


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