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Thanks for that. I've shipped internationally with UPS several times and shipping always stayed within the UPS network. I thought it might be something new in this Supply Chain Crisis era.
It's significant money for a 20-pound box with that UPS fuel surcharge that the post office doesn't charge. EMS (the post office) and Global Express is a lot cheaper.
Does FedEx do this too? The FedEx quote I got was about the same as UPS before I chose UPS.
OP here. The strange thing is that I originally got a UPS tracking #, and a day later UPS handed it over and the US Post Office gave it a new Post Office tracking #.
So it looks like the UPS Store just handed it over to UPS as normal, and the UPS decided to transfer it to the Post Office (immediately, locally near me).
The UPS Store probably doesn't even know about this. But if it happens normally these days, I guess I learned my lesson. No need to pay more for UPS anymore.
This should only happen when you choose UPS or Fedex lowest cost and quality shipping option. I believe this only happens with international shipping, only recall this happening with cheap items sent from ebay international sellers.
Actually, its not advantageous to use postal services for international shipping, just the opposite. Fedex, UPS and DHL act as brokers for these shipments, speeds up customs process. I've had terrible experiences with postal services, packages nearly always in customs for at least a few days, sometimes for weeks, even months. I never ship international with USPS, and always try to upgrade service on shipments to me.
So, now they do this with domestic ground shipping, that's lame! When you pay for UPS ground shipping it should be UPS all the way. Who knows whats going on in shipping today, employees out because of covid, trying to increase profit margins. We may have to upgrade service above ground to insure full UPS, Fedex or DHL in future. USPS is absolutely horrendous where I live.