Ok... I would not send anything to Netherlands for some time...
(And I haven't any longer since losing over 3000 euros by now.)
I just received an e-mail from the postal office and they had some
interesting information about this. I have translated the essential part
of the letter, I will let you know once there is any further info.
You were wondering why several of your packages to Netherlands
have dissappeared on their way.
We have been informed that packages sent to Netherlands have been
dissappearing on their way. According to the present information this
would have happened on the Amsterdam Airport. On airports the
postal deliveries are handled by many other companies besides only
the aviation enterprises. The matter is being investigated, and the
possibility of criminal activity can't be excluded.
- Mike from Finland -
> Hi Mikko,
> I suppose the package you send were insured, although when I for example
> send a package to Germany any package above 2 kilograms CANNOT be insured.
> When they are insured I think you should claim your damage with the
> post, out of my own experience I know the Dutch post company is starting a
> research then overhere. Of course I don't know if this leads to something,
> but stealing post employees are not very common here and punished by
> Luit (from the Netherlands)
> > The packing is not a problem, I always pack the items very carefully
> > in every way. (One exception out of my 100 where I didn't sufficiently
> > cover the rolls with cardboard etc. and the rolls where thus reportedly
> > broken within the bubblewrap packing.) I really take great concern in
> > packing the items very carefully, nobody should suspect them to have
> > coins inside or anything like that.
> > And out of over a hundred I've sent only these three packages to
> > Netherlands have been lost or contents stolen. These were however
> > different from my average packages, with weights of 2-3kg and the
> > recent 3200 euro package of over 11kg. So they would stand out,
> > and if there is not much control within the postal system I don't
> > wonder that they would get stolen. So I am mostly interested now in
> > doing what I can to solve the case or at least get the postal system
> > aware of these thiefs.
> > Out of the almost hundred packages I have been sent, I have received
> > every single one as far as I remember. Only one letter which was cut
> > open from sides but the whole letter packing seemed very strange, so
> > I have no idea if the person sent it to me that way especially as he
> > not responded to my letter anymore after initially explaining something
> > and promising to send me a few new coins which I never received...
> > Best wishes,
> > - Mike from Finland -
> > > The only time I've had a package disappear was when I was sending it
> > > to Estonia. The guy I was trading with was very understanding about
> > > it; he said that several people have sent him packages that he never
> > > got. I later sent him a different set of coins using registered mail
> > > and he got them just fine. I don't bother to insure the packages since
> > > the contents aren't that valuable, but I do register it.
> > > You definitely have to be careful packaging them. I spent a year in
> > > Switzerland on a study abroad program, and wanted to mail some coins
> > > to a friend as a Christmas gift. I didn't secure them properly so they
> > > clinked just a bit when the postal worker picked up the envelope. She
> > > immediately recognized what it was and tossed it back at me, refusing
> > > to send it. I went home, re-secured the coins, and snuck in just
> > > before they closed. They were in such a rush because of the holidays
> > > that even though I got the same clerk she didn't even blink- just
> > > slapped the postage on and tossed it in the bin.
> > > I usually wrap each coin in a little bit of paper, then tape them to a
> > > piece of cardboard. I distribute them over the cardboard so the weight
> > > is even, and it's thin enough to look like just bulky documents. If it
> > > isn't already a padded envelope, I'll put a layer of bubblewrap over
> > > the coins so you can't feel the bumps. I've always had to fill out a
> > > customs form when I'm sending a package out of the US, regardless of
> > > the weight. I just put "documents" ;)
> > > Alison K.
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