I needed to view and approve samples for work, but they were 6000 miles away in Minnesota. I weighed my options: FedEx and UPS were quoting in the $160-200 USD range to get a 2 kilo box to uruguay. I thought that was insane and was determined to find a better way. Mail would be cheap, but there is a hell of an ordeal to claim your package at the Correo Central and pay aduana (taxes) if necessary- plus stories of packages never arriving and I couldn't take that chance. I decided on Miami-Box. Miami-Box is a parcel forwarding service between Miami, FL and Uruguay. Set up a free account on their website and you get a unique address to send packages to in Miami. This is a great solution for items purchased online or gifts from family and friends. Once a package arrives for you in Miami, you are notified via email and you have a few options depending on the purchase price of the package: if under $100 USD, you can opt to pick up your package at the airport and handle the aduana (taxes) yourself (with Miami-Box supplying the paperwork for you), or you can opt for full service delivery, with your credit card on file being billed for the aduana and delivery fees. I decided on the latter and it was so convenient. Not necessarily inexpensive, but convenient.
My little 2 kilo package cost me $99.60 on a $30 retail value. A little painful, but still cheap in comparison to what UPS or FedEx were quoting. The fees were broken down as follows (all in USD):
Airline freight from Miami (based on weight) $27.00
Aduana Taxes (based on retail value of $30 + freight of $27.00) $36.00
Delivery (optional) $15.00
Administrative fees $6.60
Grand total of $99.60 USD
The package arrived within 5 days, in one piece and hand delivered to my door. I will try priority mail next time for comparisons sake. The correspondence with Miami-Box throughout the process, as well as the delivery were all extremely professional. I would certainly recommend their service.
*As noted on the Miami-Box site, books and magazines are not taxed to bring into Uruguay. I will definitely use Miami-Box in the future for that purpose. They are also offering 60 magazines without the normal subscription cost for a limited time. Please see their site for details.