Our friend in Japan sent my birthday gift in plenty of time, yet it took a month to arrive. R suggested it went via Austria as a good bit of our mail does, or used to, but there was no evidence of that. Australia and Austria are often confused. In Austria there are bumper stickers and the like saying, 'There are no kangaroos in Austria'. Even the South Koreans are struggling with the spelling similarities, with the modellers of leaders attending the G20 Summit having our Prime Minister dressed in traditional Austrian garb. What a hoot! The internet has a lot to answer for. I only saw a fleeting image of the corrected doll, but she seemed to be in all black and looking rather like Madame Mao.
Without checking, does anyone know what the SAL is on my birthday parcel? R saw the sticker and knew straight away.
It stands for Surface Air Lifted. I am unsure of its world history but it was introduced in Australia in 1971. I can find no evidence that it is still available in Australia, certainly not at the Australia Post website. Either it has been discontinued or Aus Post don't want it used.
Essentially SAL means your mail travels by surface in the country it is sent from and the country it arrives in and by air in between the two countries and costs you a bit less to send a parcel.
It doesn't explain why the parcel took so long to arrive but R, who has some knowledge in this area, tells me in it is given very low priority at mail centres and is only sorted after normal Par Avion parcels have been sorted. It can be left at the bottom of the pile, so to speak, for a good time.
Does anyone know if SAL does exist in Australia?