I sent a book of my poetry “Stray Thoughts/ Winged Words to a dear friend in India. She lives in Mumbai. She has been my friend from Xanga and we still keep in touch, even though she is not on it anymore.

I sent the book out on the 10th of December, by First Class International Priority Mail. I thought it would take about ten days for it to reach Mumbai where Fadia lives. For the last ten or twelve days I have been tracking the USPS number, and I keep getting the “In Transit” message. I thought that meant that it has reached Mumbai and is stuck in their Customs at the Airport.

Today I called the main post office here to ask them to check about the package and where the delay was. Do you know what they said? “The package has not left the US Customs. It is still in Chicago.”

I couldn’t believe it. It was bizarre to say the least. I asked the guy, “So, what now, and when will it get out?” He answered, “It is held in the Customs at the  airport, and we have no way of contacting them or finding out what is going on!”

Anywhere in the world I could have suspected improper Customs regulations; but would never have doubted our Customs in the US would take so many weeks to send a little book in a manila envelope, to India.

Needless to say I am disgusted.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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20 Responses to The USPS

  1. mrswrangler says:

    It takes 3 weeks to send something 120 miles.

  2. Oh gee… I know if I ship to US via Fed Ex, they give me a choice of priority or by land which takes a week. I’m a bit surprised that it hasn’t cleared Customs yet.

    • Zakiah says:

      I finally got a mail from my friend. She received the book this morning. Two days short of one month!! I had called and emailed the US Customs at O’Hare. I was told that the package was not traceable, and it would take them two to three weeks to respond to my request regarding the delay !!! Anyway, she got it now. Never sending anything by USPS over seas. I don’t know why I did that, I usually send it by Fed EX, and I thought, ‘meh, it’s just a simple book, not going to spend forty extra dollars to send it. Learnt my lesson!

  3. beowulf222 says:

    The weird thing is that it’s held on exiting. I mean, I had no idea customs checks outgoing mail. Crazy times.

  4. Wow! That is ridiculous! 😮
    I hope it’s on it’s way soon!
    I’d be frustrated, too.
    Almost 2016 HUGS!!!

  5. marica0701 says:

    Oh wow, that is insane. I’ve never had problems mailing internationally, and I’ve sent parcels to several different countries. I hope your package leaves customs soon, and gets to your friend!!

    • Zakiah says:

      I always used Fed Ex, and have not had any problem. But this time I thought I would be a cheapy, and send it by USPS, which cost me only about 15 dollars vs the sixty I would have paid otherwise. My friend received the book this morning. I had mailed it to her on the 10th of December. and it took 27 days! So frustrated with the system.

  6. This is frnkly frustrating, Zalkiah . Whan I think we have invented the post “par avion ” ! Useless if the packages are blocked at the depart!!! .
    Will the shipping by liners become again more speedy?
    I hope my wishes of happy New year won’t blocjked in Amiens ! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Happy New Year to you dear Michel. I think if I had taken a train through Europe and the middle east, I would have reached there faster, and be back home before the time it took to have this book delivered.

  7. I simply can’t believe this. How can it be? I’m disgusted and upset too. What the heck?
    Is there another way to send it?
    Hope all else is well with you and yours.
    Happy 2016 Love and hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      Yeah by fed ex. But I thought I would save forty or fifty dollars and send it by first class priority mail through USPS. I have learned my lesson. Never send anything overseas by USPS.
      Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope all of your are doing well, and your dad is home and feeling good.

  8. whyzat says:

    That’s pretty frustrating. Something must be screwed up or maybe they are all reading your book!

    • Zakiah says:

      Grrrr! Something screwed up in Chicago is probably right. Any way, she got the book today, after 27 days. It should really take three days, okay, may be a week to clear customs in the other country…. but 27 days?
      hope you are doing well. Happy New Year to you.

  9. rudolfhsw says:

    nowadays, a priority mail doesn’t necessarily mean it includes an expedited mail service. and it applies to many other countries. sad, but very true.

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