Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: The Pearl of the Pacific, Mexico
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Originally Posted by axolotl
I would contact some folks on the warmshowers list and ask if you could send things to them for pickup. Plus it would a nice way to meet people. There are more people on the list in various Central American countries than I would have guessed.
Do the above, but make sure to get a personal FedEx, UPS or DHL account No. before you leave. Have it linked to your credit card. It's very easy to do. Your relative or friend should mark all charges and import fees charged to your account. Especially if you are still in transit, Warmshower hosts do not like dealing with money issues when one of these companies show up at their door requesting "cash only" to pay for duties and taxes which sometimes can be hefty. It's a lot to ask, really! They may even reject the shipment creating an awkward situation for you and them. Rejected international shipments (if not claimed after a limited time) are marked as "abandoned" and they can do whatever they want with it.
Also, your friend or relative can mark the airway bill for the shipment to be held at a local FedEx location. Do not send anything of value through the post office anywhere south of the border. It's pretty much impossible to trace, so you might never get it.
Last edited by Chris Pringle; 09-12-12 at 09:39 PM.