on Sun, 02/06/2005 - 16:01.
Call Tampa Airlines in Miami
The $2.50 rate you were offered is an underground service called "por las brujas". They use your money to pay the airline, bribe te customs official and pay domestic parcel postage. It works but you are paying for corruption.
I have found the worse shipping company in the world!!!
Has anyone dealt
with this company: www.interworldfreight.com
#1 They lost it!
It is now about 37 days from the time of leaving Miami. When I call the office in Cartagena they tell me one thing, when I call the office in Cali I am told another thing.
I have asked them why I am paying a shipping company to import something for me when I am doing all the paperwork?? They cannot explain this. I ask them why no one in Cartagena can explain exactly what is needed to get the cargo. They cannot explain this. (Well, they do explain it, and the next day, they have a different explanation).
IF ANYONE IS IMPORTING ANYTHING IN COLOMBIA AVOID THESE CLOWNS LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!
I have only touched the tip of the iceberg here!! I am in the internet cafe right now waiting for an email with the "new forms" I need to complete to get this cargo. Since it takes them 20 minutes to email me, I am writing this. When I have more time I will explain in greater detail just how bad this company is..........there is a whole lot more!!!!
Shipping to Cartagena...
SHipping to Colombia
shipping containers to us from colombia
Submitted by dwmte on Tue, 06/08/2004 - 19:25.
well I've shipped a number of 40 ft containers from Buenaventura to Los Angeles and 20 ft from Cartagena to Miami. all shipments were done by professional forwarders and properly handled.
I noted a person said that there is good security in Cartagena and that theft is not a problem. I have shipped containers from Miami to Cartagena and Cartagena to Miami, and to say that theft is not a problem is as far from the truth as we can get.
I know personally, the director of the port in Cartagena, Hector Merlano and the director of the d.i.a.n., fanny kurtzman. did this help? absolutely not. I have had so much stuff stolen that one could do a book about the problem. I have been in the mulle (port) during entry and exit and they just put stuff in their pocket, assisted by the guards. it is truly unbelievable. ESPECIALLY when there are personal goods involved. commercial shipments have better luck. I've shipped both and the commercial shipments survive far, far better than personal belongings. I've complained and I might just as well have talked to a rock.
Then, upon entering the u.s. your property has NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS until it has passed through and cleared customs. they steal here in the states as well. the same holds true...much more so with personal goods than with commercial shipments.
My advice. pack your things well, have very detailed lists of contents, prepare yourself for problems. and only use licensed, bonded forwarders to ship your goods to their final destination from the port. insist that the containers be locked and seals put on at the port; to be opened only at destination. the drivers will happily join the band of thieves. insist that the containers/truck be banded and sealed. go to the port office if necessary. insist on this.
All I can say--although the above is not exactly positive--is good luck, prepare for loss and after all is said and done, just lick your wounds and be glad it's done.
When I complained about losses at customs in Miami...one of the inspectors asked me if I had my t.s.** card with me; he'd stamp it a couple of times.
again, good luck,
d w martin
p.s. i forgot. you must have your goods in the port 5-7 days prior to the shipping date (you will know the exact date from your shipping company) it takes about 7 days from Cartagena to reach Miami, maybe ten-twelve to NYC. you will know the exact dates from the shpg co. I personally prefer a Swiss company, 'schenker'. again, good luck
Well, since you guys have always provided excellent comments and suggestions in the past, I figure I'll probably receive the same again, so here goes...
I live in the US (NYC) and my novia lives in Cartagena. I looked at the FEDEX, UPS & Airbourne Express costs for shipping a gift (DVDs, perfume etc..) to Cartagena and the cost of shipping will clearly cost more than the gift itself (over $100 US to send a 3 lbs. package!!!).
I've thought about sending flowers and chocolate, but only FTD.com seems to send flowers to Colombia (1-800 flowers doesn't deliver). How reliable is FTD? Any suggestions of any other companies that are less expensive or more reliable?
Does anybody have any suggestions for a chocolate vender that delivers in Colombia? I checked with Godiva, and they don't.
Does anybody have any other suggestions for gifts that I can purchase via web or phone that can be delivered to Cartagena?
Thanks In Advance For Your Help & Happy Holidays!!
Submitted by Mario on Tue, 12/14/2004 - 04:42.
Yeah, I hear what you're saying. I got the same quote from FedEx so I went to the post office and mailed my package for $35.00 US.
This is the only way to go for parcel delivery from the Un-United States of George W. Puta Cabron. You will get rooked otherwise.
It will take about a week for a package to get there, but hey - plan ahead amigo. It's worth the savings for sure.