The Story Of Our Founder, Part 2

We continue with our entertaining series of blog posts written by our president and founder Toshiyasu Abe. Today, I’d like to share a story from my youth, when I was traveling the world. I was only 19 years old when I visited Europe for the first time.  Just like my trip from Japan to the U.S., … Read more

The Story Of Our Founder, Part 1

OPAS’ founder and President, Toshiyasu Abe shares his story with us in this personal blogpost about his background and the story of how OPAS came about:  I was born in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku Island of Japan, and raised in the city of Osaka, the second largest in Japan. I had a fairly traditional upbringing … Read more

Save $$$ by Making the Most of the Oregon Advantage – 0% Sales Tax!

You can shop tax-free at any US store using a your package forwarding address in Oregon. OPAS is located in the state of Oregon, the 0% sales tax state, so you will not have to worry about paying sales tax when you make your purchase.  Now you can use your OPAS address to make purchases at … Read more

Make International Shipping Easier With A US Package Forwarding Service

If you’re not familiar with using a US package forwarding service, you’ve been missing out on the convenience that it provides, especially if you own and operate a home-based business. If you are planning on being away from home for a few months, relocating to a temporary location, or taking a vacation, there are a … Read more

OPAS vs. The Blizzard!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging to bring you this important message! A savage winter storm has overtaken Portland, which has caused unavoidable delays in shipping activities! If you don’t believe me, have a look outside OPAS’ window! Actually, that’s not outside our window. That’s a stock photo provided for comedic effect. The snow is … Read more

US Postal Service: the right choice for your Package Forwarding?

Today, we’re going to discuss shipment by the US Postal Service options, Express Mail International and Priority Mail International, and what it means for your international forwarding. First, to dispel a popular misconception: USPS shipment is NOT less expensive than private courier shipment like DHL. There are two main reasons for this: 1. As US Post … Read more

Understanding Package Forwarding: What is Dimensional Weight?

Here at the OPAS blog, we’re always keeping an eye out for new and interesting information we can pass along to members in order to maximize their access to US merchandise while minimizing their shipping bills. Every now and then, though, we find it’s best to repeat information for the benefit of newer members, or … Read more

Moving Overseas? Get an International Mail Forwarding Address

Americans Need Package Forwarding, Too! Most package forwarding members are non-US residents who want to shop at US stores and ship internationally to their home countries. But many Americans who find themselves living abroad have use for package forwarding services, too. Americans from all stages of life live outside the US and need mail & … Read more