USPS is just frustrating, that’s all it comes down to. It’s nothing that YYE is doing.
USPS First Class, now doesn’t include tracking to most countries. Last year it did. I just shipped to packages to Japan, got there and cleared within a week. Last package to Australia USPS First Class took almost a month, due to Australian customs. It got to Australia in 3 days.
USPS Priority is what you need for tracking and insurance now. Most countries for a small flat rate box is $33 with minimal insurance. Standard Priority mail is going to be around $42.
My personal opinion, having worked in a business where we ship a lot, Amazon has ruined peoples perception of shipping. Shipping is never “Free”, someone is paying for it. You are either paying for it in a product that has the price increased, or the company is eating the price of it, which will eventually cause prices to increase as well. Personally, I never have a problem paying shipping, even international. As long as the rates they’re charging are fair, as in what their postal system charges for the package. If a company is adding to it, then I usually wont buy from them.
The US Postal Service is a real mess right now, and doesn’t look to be getting better, that’s the real problem. YYE in my experience is real fair on their shipping fees, usually in line with USPS pricing, or lower.