Yes, by the time UPS gets its bite, and then the (insert country here) government gets their bite, restoring an American classic across the pond can be pricey.
USPS can sometimes be cheaper, but speed, tracking and reliability has historically been suspect.. You run into different weight and size restrictions too..
Let's face it folks, shipping (UPS/FedEx/USPS) is getting damn expensive, across the board, domestic and export. But it's difficult for the general-public to understand or see, because more and more, internet-based businesses are building their shipping expenses into the prices of their products, and then charging an absurdly low/inadequate shipping fee, and/or shipping for "free".
It's all really a hoax if you think about it, because someone has to pay the shipping, and UPS/FedEX/USPS doesn't do anything for free. They send a hefty bill every month. And that bill must be paid, so it's baked into the cake, and you (the consumer) are paying it whether you realize it or not.
All this Amazon Prime stuff that's arriving on the world's doorsteps for "free", is actually baked into the product prices. Even still, it can come out cheaper than buying from your local brick & mortar, because they're eliminating distribution/middleman overhead.
But regardless of the mathematics behind Amazon and the ilk, shipping expense is climbing and climbing, as UPS/FedEX/USPS scramble to build infrastructure, trucks and planes to handle all of this volume. And we are indeed paying for it. It's embedded.
It's all we can do here at NPD, to maintain our prices, while maintaining our $9-minimum, 10% up-to-$300, and "free" above $300 structure. It's all interconnected.. If we were to lower our minimum, or lower our free-shipping threshold, we would have to RAISE something else (likely prices) in an equal amount in order not to drown from the move.
We're all ordering more and more online. And we're all paying for it, directly and indirectly. It'll be interesting where this all lands in 30-50 years! Maybe I'll be around to see it, maybe not.. LOL..
P.S. To the OP, thank you, we appreciate your business! Sorry it was so pricey to get it to you! But please rest-assured, we do not use our shipping fees as a profit-center, it's cost-based.