So I ordered something from the US and expected it to take a long time to get through German customs. Well, as it turns out, the package left Chicago a week ago and is still in New York ... it hasn't even left the US yet! Now I am afraid to think how long it might take through the notoriously slow German custom service (especially during Christmas season!). They often need two to three weeks to process packages. But I did not expect USPS to work with the precision and speed of a Teutonic buerocrat!