44833Re: [CostaRicaLiving] Customs
- Jun 11, 2006--- michael fealy <fealym2002@...> wrote:
> medicines sent to me from the VA via JetBox withoutA couple things come to mind:
> any problems. I recieve these meds gratis and they
> are necessary for my well being. However, my most
1. Shipping medicines, vitamins, etc. into this
country can be a major problem. You can bring them in
in person with your luggage without a problem, but
shipping them can turn into a real big problem. Even
for small amounts this can be a situation, and if they
were really going through customs, they could ask you
to get an "import license" from the health ministry,
and they WON'T issue it. So, it is entirely possible
that they aren't going through customs after all.
2. This is due to a very NASTY experience I had with
Jetbox about 7+ years ago. I was receiving audio
tapes that were also free, and they came through
without a problem for about 6 months, and THEN, Jetbox
got the bright idea to hold the tapes for a month at a
time, bundle them up, and then say that the larger
amount had some outrageous import duty on it. I
accepted the shipment but when the bill came, I
refused to pay. When they had a royal fit, I had my
lawyer call, and they reamed him a new one over the
phone instead of being nice as I figured they would do
with a lawyer.
3. A friend of mine was working as an English teacher
for an accountant with a major import/export company
here, and they were doing a LOT of buisness with Jet
I then told him to tell his friend about the above
incident and a few others concerning my account that
looked questionable, soooooo
He sent some accountants over to go over their account
with a fine tooth comb.
To say that they found some irregularities with THEIR
account would be to put it mildly.....
Needless to say, they terminated their business with
that company immediately.
For small, pedestrian, occassional use, Jet Box seems
to be a very reliable outfit. But, set yourself up to
be ripped off, and they don't seem to hesitate doing
I don't know if they work with corrupt Customs
inspectors or what the story is, but the fact that you
were able to get your meds "through customs" sounds
very suspicious to me, knowing that customs generally
bans all medicines and vitamins from coming in that
way without special permission.
I suspect that if you are dealing with a "customs
inspector," then they are Jet Box's pet, and he may be
putting them through the backdoor.
The 22K colons would be your payoff to this "official"
to get your meds.
I bet if you have a lawyer or an accountant go down
and demand the original paperwork for this bill, they
will get the quick brush off with a snarl my lawyer
Then you will smell the rotten fish too....
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