vikki could probably give you a better answer than me. i dont know anything about shipping to the states. i bet she would tell you it costs an arm and a leg too.
you pay $5 to your trans-shipper for international shipment. they may charge you a trans-shipping/customs fee as well (not sure). on top of that, you have to pay for local shipping. depending on how greedy they are, they will over-quote you on that too.