Sending heavy Ceramics abroad ?

Hi, can anyone recommend options for sending heavy ceramic sculptures (c. 3 -5kg) sold on eBay abroad, most likely USA or China ?The foreign sale option would increase the likelihood of selling. However, I'm hitting a brick wall, as Royal Mail is out given the weight. Parcelforce is out re Ceramics compensation exclusion. The pieces are modern but worth over £100 apiece. The cost isn't an issue, as it would be the Buyer paying. Appreciate any help and recommendations, as the usual courier companies don't seem to be an option either. Thanks.

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  • knightstyle
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    You can get small hard suit cases which are light and strong.  We have one we got in a charity shop.
  • soolin
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    You can get small hard suit cases which are light and strong.  We have one we got in a charity shop.
    I think you might be on the wrong thread.
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    zackary71 said:
    Hi, can anyone recommend options for sending heavy ceramic sculptures (c. 3 -5kg) sold on eBay abroad, most likely USA or China ?The foreign sale option would increase the likelihood of selling. However, I'm hitting a brick wall, as Royal Mail is out given the weight. Parcelforce is out re Ceramics compensation exclusion. The pieces are modern but worth over £100 apiece. The cost isn't an issue, as it would be the Buyer paying. Appreciate any help and recommendations, as the usual courier companies don't seem to be an option either. Thanks.
    I have sent ceramics overseas but only weighing less than 2kg and using RM , which of course does not fit the bill for you. You may well have to trawl through every courier's terms and conditions until you find one that will accept ceramics. I use ebay GSP now, clearly mark the weight when I list and let ebay do the rest - but of course if you are selling direct even that is not an option. If you are selling in the course of a business and intend for there to be multiple parcels you might be able to  negotiate a rate direct with a courier. 

    Although buyer pays for the postage it is worth considering the cost as if something arrives broken you will be refunding in full, so you would be paying the full expensive postage in that instance. 
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  • Thanks for the reply soolin. Yes unfortunately,  they all weigh 2kg+ - 3.5kg. I've possibly found an option where a Mailing company does the packaging, and are able to send via Parcelforce. There'll be Insurance coverage on top, but at least I have a solution. 
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