Shipping costs from the US
What is the story behind those absurd shipping costs from the US to Europe?
I'm rebuilding a Toyota BJ40. For the yanks: that's a FJ40 on diesel, but eventually electric.
Since it's not a very popular car in Europe, a lot of parts I need new, are incredibly expensive locally. At least, compared with the US. Simple bushings for example are a dollar a piece in the US, and something like 5 euro locally.
But what makes me cry every time, are those insane shipping costs. 24 bushings, would cost me 150$ shipping. Or a disc brake kit would have cost me almost 2000$ shipping.
I finally learned, I have to look at Australia. They are a slightly more expensive than the US, but offer free shipping. Even for pretty heavy parts.
So, what's the story behind those shipping costs? Is it the government? Or just a very lucrative market?