Running into a frustrating hurdle in trying to order a product from Germany for delivery to the United States and was wondering if this is common. I’m trying to purchase two handlebar mounted packs for our bicycles - the wife and I are planning a six day bicycle ride from Pittsburgh to DC on the Gap trail and C&O canal trails. We’ve got some awesome gravel bikes for the purpose, and I’ve outfitted them with some nice racks, fenders, and panniers. To keep some items handy, I’d like to mount some handlebar bags and I found some I really like by a company in Germany.
Unfortunately, they do not ship to the United States due to trademark reasons (perhaps a name trademark issue?). In looking at freight forwarders, I’m seeing quotes for a 2kg package (the bags weigh about 760 grams apparently, and I need two of them) with an approximate dimension of two bags in a single box of maybe 60cm x 60cm x 40cm for $400! Does that sound right? I’d obviously find another solution, but was puzzled at such high shipping estimates. I suppose it’s the relatively high volume box rather than the weight?