We have got lots of new quotes from new companies to try and reduce rates, but so far, our current rates are the best we can find. These are the lowest shipping rates we have ever offered on Kickstarter (as our quest to find lower shipping gets better each campaign) and the game is estimated to weigh over 5lbs, which effects shipping price quite a bit.
Yes! Part of our shipping fees include getting the games imported to your country to avoid any import tax on your end. We pass this savings on to you, and we also subsidize each reward pledge to help lower shipping.
The extremely high postage rates, and the extremely high loss of packages in our previous campaigns to these areas have made it a tough decision, but in the end, its to protect our backers from us needing to charge $150 in shipping, which seems crazy. Its better for those backers to wait for the game to be released at retail.