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posted by [personal profile] mouseworks at 09:18pm on 14/04/2011
We get the sort of weird centricism that New Yorkers who don't live in New York City get -- Managuans and people don't live in Nicaragua see the country as Managua and Managua's suburbs, apparently. So when Amazon send stuff here, it goes to Managua and if anything in the package is electronic, that means a trip to Managua to deal with the shipping agency and then with Customs.

The shipper doesn't have a lot of friends among Amazon's customers out of the US apparently and the local office is considered to be totally useless. But Amazon got the package to Managua and into the hands of customs in two days. Then the waiting began. Then I found out that I have to be the one to show up at the shipper's office to pick up the paperwork and then go to Customs at the airport to pay the duty (rather many USAnos cheat on this whenever they can get someone else to bring stuff down as personal items) and pick up the package.

I finally got a letter from DHL in Managua that gives me a name to hold accountable in case things aren't ready. I still have no idea what the duty will be.

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