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Subject: Shipping perishables internationally
Date Posted: 7/29/2007 4:21 PM ET
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Can we do it?  It's nothing cold, it's Twinkies. And I plan to do it priority.

It's for a friend in England I'm giving him my Harry Potter. he said he would like twinkies also...lol

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 5:18 PM ET
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I think so.....I'm trying to remember what the screen says when I'm using the APC, since I'm usually not mailing anything that is questionable I just skip right through it.

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 5:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/29/2007 8:09 PM ET
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When Twinkies are manufactured they have a 7-year stale date (the 'please use by' date on the packaging). Which makes it kind of creepy when you go to a convenience store and glance at the backs of the ones for sale,a nd can't find one with more than 2 years left on its stale date ... where's it BEEN for five years? In a Twinkie Warehouse getting appropriately stale? :->

Date Posted: 7/30/2007 1:34 PM ET
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I think twinkies would be fine.  The bigger concerns are meat, fruit & plants because those can bring in diseases, bugs etc.  Twinkies will out live us all :-)

Date Posted: 7/30/2007 1:38 PM ET
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You will need to fill out a customs form and declare them.  I have shipped items like that to Canada with no problem.  I don't see why you would have a problem.  As Kira said, fruit, meat, and plants might be a different story.  But those Twinkies will outlive us I'm sure.

Tell him to take them into a fish & chips shop and have 'em fried up.  It's all the rage.

Date Posted: 7/30/2007 5:45 PM ET
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I have a friend in England and we send candy to one another all the time.  I sent her Divinity one year for Christmas because she'd never heard of it and now it's a staple in my Christmas packages.  There's never been any problem and I've always listed it on the customs form.

Date Posted: 7/30/2007 7:23 PM ET
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It varies from country to country.  The clerk can look it up for you or you can go to the USPS web site and look it up in the International Mail Manual.

Date Posted: 7/30/2007 9:27 PM ET
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I've sent PB cups and other PB filled things to a friend in New Zealand.  They arrived just fine.  When I went to NZ I took a bunch of PBcups and a box of Twinkies with me.  I delcared them and the peeps at customs didn't even blink an eye when I told them what "food" stuff I had.  I guess they have a lot of people bringing Reeses products in for addicts there.

Prior to that I mailed chocolate to a friend in Australia.  It was ok until it got left in the sun out front of his house. 

I did, of course, list it on the customs form.