I blame the government. Seriously though, because that's exactly how much it costs us. We've found that the fastest, cheapest and most secure form of international shipping is the USPS International Flat Rate Box which is $32 from the US to most locations (Canada is only $26).
This method is secure and has good tracking. We've also yet to lose a package this way so we feel this is the way to go (even the Austrian package that somehow got redirected to Australia finally turned up after a month, go figure).