Your view: Be wary when mailing overseas

-A A +A
By The Staff

Dear Editor,

I would like to warn people who might need to mail packages to Europe that the U.S. Postal Service international mailing system is broken.In October, I mailed an item in a “Priority” envelope to Germany, and it never arrived. Only then did I find out there is no way to trace or track it, despite the bar code on the customs label. It was only scanned at the point of origin and nowhere else. Then in December, I had to mail another item, and I was told the safest way was to send it “registered mail,” because it could be tracked every step of the way, because everyone who handled it had to sign for it. I paid extra for insurance also, and that item never arrived. Only then did I find out that it is only tracked within the U.S., and there is no record of it after it was scanned at LAX. Also, I found out that it is only insured to the maximum of $44.86, and you can’t actually insure registered mail for any more than that, even though I was told several times by different people that it was insured for the whole amount, because of the extra I paid for insurance. So, senders, beware. Packages are being stolen in the mail, and if you send anything to a foreign country through the U.S. Postal Service, you do so at your own risk.P. PrichardLos Alamos

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

Special Offer

You have used all your free page views for the month however if you wish to create a FREE limited access account you will be able to view a additional 3 pages per month.

You can also purchase a subscription and have full access to the site. To purchase a subscription simply enter your zipcode below

ZIP Code:

Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday