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To be honest, you have already answered your own question IMO..
You really need a 3PL or similar operator that is flexible and willing to work within your guidelines, UNLESS, you require someone to take responsibility for the goods such as for duties etc.. This is different..
The issue you may face is that the 3PL does not know what is in the goods/packaging.. This can be fraught with danger when the shipper (the 3PL) is signing declarations that the goods are not dangerous, this can prove difficult if they are working conscientiously.
Have you spoken to a 3PL or a tailor/boutique operation yet?
Curious, what are the items (type) – weights – dimensions and do you have a target price for freight etc.. Also, curious, can your products margin entertain the labour costs associated with asking someone else to forward these items for you?
Just thoughts etc…