Here here Steve. I am lucky enough to have a brother who resides in the US and there has never been a package he has sent to me not make it to my address in Oz. I have had many packages not arrive at my brother's address in SF though, and the USPS has advised that the parcel was never rec'd for delivery on every occasion.

For more valuable goods I do insist on FedEx or the like and I am happy to pay for the added speed and security no matter where my purchases originate from.