How We Ship
The International Book Project sends books to organizations throughout the developing world one of three ways:
1. Small Shipments- A small shipment of books weighs approximately 35 pounds that can be shipped to any organization with a valid mailing address. Until 2007, IBP shipped these small shipments through the USPS service. However, due to drastic increase in shipping prices in 2007, IBP now uses a third-party provider.
Philippines - In an effort to keep small shipment costs down, IBP has begun sending its small shipments to the Philippines in large Balikbayan Boxes. With this method, IBP can send 8 times as many books for the same cost as a standard small shipment!
2. Pallet - A pallet typically contains 700 - 1,000 books. It is often sent to organizations that need more books than a small shipment can provide, but do not need or have funding for a sea container.
3. Sea Container - A sea container contains 10,000 - 25,000 books and can stock an entire library or provide textbooks for an entire school district. Partners requesting a sea container must have the resources and capacity to transport, clear through customs, and distribute a large number of books.
Organizations interested in requesting a pallet or sea container shipment should contact IBP Executive Director Tracy Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-254-6771.
Walk Out - If you are traveling to a developing country and you have contacts who need books, you can come to IBP's warehouse and pick out books to carry with you. A small administrative fee applies.
Mail Out - If you would like to take books overseas with you, but do not live in the Lexington, KY area, IBP can mail you the books. For a $100 donation, IBP will send 50-70 pounds of books to your U.S. address. So that we may know more about your project, please download IBP's small shimpent application (Word | PDF) and email it to email@example.com or send it to us at:
International Book Project