“I recently sent a small package to Italy via USPS, it cost me $240.00 to mail it. No more”
You are a brave man/women. The Italian postal system is the career of choice for Italy’s worst kleptomaniacs,
I mailed a Nikon camera to a guy in Rome several years ago. It was well under $20. After I mailed it, I noticed several sellers on ebay would not ship to Italy.
My package was delivered with no problem.
I know! The package arrived in Rome and then the delays started. First they said the address did not exist, unable to deliver,etc.,it took several calls and then miracle they found the address. USPS did everything OK until Rome.