The cost of mailing to Japan depends on the size and weight of the package, the value of the package, the type of mailing selected, such as First-Class or Priority Mail International Flat-Rate, and whether or not you buy the postage at the post office or online. For instance, a one pound package with no value costs $16.75 at the post office for First-Class International mailing as of 2014, while the same item packaged for Priority Express can range from $24.75 to $80.50, depending on which sized Priority Mail International box is used. Buying the postage online can save approximately 5 percent to 10 percent off the regular cost, depending on the type of mailing selected.
Obtaining Actual Cost
The best way to determine the actual cost of mailing a package to Japan is to take the package to a U.S. Postal Service facility. If it is your own packaging, the postal clerk will weigh and measure the box. If using a Flat-Rate box, you will also be asked the value of the contents because there is a maximum value of $400 that can be shipped using certain Flat-Rate options. Based on this information, the clerk can provide the exact cost to ship the package.
Diane Stevens' professional experience started in 1970 with a computer programming position. Beginning in 1985, running her own business gave her extensive experience in personal and business finance. Her writing appears on Orbitz's Travel Blog and other websites. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from the State University of New York at Albany.