Emergency USPS help--accidentally shipped overseas package to wrong addr
October 14, 2016 7:52 AM   Subscribe

I shipped a pair of large, moderately valuable packages to Italy last night, and I accidentally sent to the wrong address. The two addresses are about 5 hours apart from each other in Italy. I realized my mistake this morning. I went in to USPS and they said the packages were already out, but I could call USPS and try to get them sent back to me. I called USPS and they were busy and took my number and said they'd call me back.

So the way I see it, my options are:

1. Get them sent back to me, then re-send. Is there any way I can do this without spending another $250 on postage? Since technically they didn't go out to Italy?

2. Try to convince USPS to redirect them to the proper recipient. I sincerely doubt this will work because of customs, etc.

3. Just have them sent to the wrong address and contact that guy and hope he's honest enough to send them on to the proper recipient.

Any thoughts, suggestions, etc? Obviously USPS can help but I was hoping someone here had a little more of an idea. Tracking says they went out from the warehouse here at 10:30 last night.
posted by Slinga to Travel & Transportation (4 answers total)
They'll work with you to get it redirected. Don't panic. Keep trying.
posted by fixedgear at 7:57 AM on October 14, 2016

redirecting packages is so easy you might even be able to do it just with the tracking number. Certainly I've redirected packages being sent to me, on-line
posted by JPD at 8:19 AM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Redirecting is your best bet. You will likely need to provide new documents (commercial invoice if there was one etc) for customs as the address changed, but this should be possible. This is unfortunately at their discretion, so if they don't want to help you do this they don't have to.

If you get it returned you will need to pay the full amount again and you will not get a refund.

Getting the folks in Italy to ship from one address to another is not terribly complicated, but requires their trust and cooperation.
posted by French Fry at 8:22 AM on October 14, 2016

Looks like the accidental recipient is going to re-ship them to the intended recipient. Thank you for your help, folks.
posted by Slinga at 8:26 AM on October 14, 2016 [3 favorites]

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