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Sending Stuff from Japan

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Having sent several goods from Japan to Brazil, it was interesting to be able to track my packages as they reached their destination. Compiling all the data into a spreadsheet, it is weird to see how early I had to send something for it to reach within the three month estimation of the Japanese Post Office. All packages were sent through SAL (Sea and Land) routes which are the cheapest.


Impressive how sending something 12 days later meant a difference of over 100% (57 days) on the sea route. Since I doubt there is a daily availability of ships that carries stuff for the post offices around the world, my guess is that the second and third packages were probably stuck while waiting for the next ship to arrive. Packages 4, 5, and 6 had a big delay after reaching Brazil. This was due to the overwhelming amount of service the Brazilian Post Office gets during the end of the year.

Looking at the graph above, you can see that the second parcel almost took half an year to reach it’s destination. 153 days almost drove me mad. For a better picture of much I actually waited, I made rustic six month calendar which can be seen below. Colors identify each package. Squares show when they were sent and rings display when they arrived.


As shown above, there was an interval 90 days between the first and the second package. Despair is the best word to describe my feelings during the wait. Notice that the last package sent, was second to arrive. Second-to-last was the third. And the other three came in a bundle all together. My advice for anyone living in Japan who plans to send a Christmas present to Brazil and doesn’t want it to arrive too late, send it by the end of August.

Oh, and by the way, I used Open Office to create the images above. Really interesting free software. Calc was very satisfying, but Draw was a horrible experience. Being a long time user of Illustrator, it was painful to use Draw to make simple things. The lack of universal shortcuts was driving me mad.

EDIT: Reading about stories of traceable parcels on the net, I stumbled upon this funny image.


Written by rti9

May 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Posted in japan

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