Receiving a Fedex
- My bank sent me a replacement ATM via Fedex with instructions "hold for
pickup (my name)." The "tracker" indicated it's here.
I called to be sure I could go and get it. The customer service center
is a call center in Mexico. I was instructed to go to the office Zona
Franca Metropolitana, Heredia, 800m este Real Cariari to pick up the
Fedex documents and then to go to the Export terminal Almacen Fiscal
Tikal to personally clear the envelope through cutoms. They said it
will take 1-2 hours at customs.
I have recieved Fedex's in the past and did not have to jump through
all these hoops. I spent 1 1/2 hours in traffic (fin de mes) and
finally gave up.
1 Are there any shortcuts/alternatives to the procedure.
2 Where is the office from Real Cariari
3 Where is Almacen Fiscal Tikal?
>2 Where is the office from Real CariariWhen you get to Real Cariari, take the road to the first stop light
(not very far past the entrance) where there's a service station and
a stop light. Keep to the right. If you go to the left you'll be
going uphill to Heredia on the concrete road. If you stick to the
right, it's basically a flat road. It's about 10 blocks and on your
left. You'll pass a BCR (or is it BNCR) on your right and a place
that sells fruits and vegetables wholesale. It's about 1.5-2 blocks
after a service station on the corner. I haven't been there for
several years, but it used to be that there was a pedestrian entrance
and a vehicle entrance. You left your cedula with the guards and
picked it up when you left.
Tikal sounds familiar but I can't place it, sorry.
- i don't know the answers to your 3 questions, but i did just go through
receiving a fedex package that entailed a crazazy amount of effort,
calling, and money to get through, and it lasted a full week including
two instances of "incorrect address" and the package going through san
jose to different places. the vendor even contacted me and warned me
they were going to charge for fedex returning the thing to them as
undeliverable! it was a ridiculously handled process, particularly
compared to my all-time best-rated mail service, the US Postal Service
courier service (EMS i think it is.).
previously (at least 4 years ago) i've picked up a laptop from fedex
and it was a one-step deal at an office in the Forum in santa ana, a
that was my recent experience with fedex. i hope it comes in handy when
someone's making the choice of fedex over USPS.
> I have recieved Fedex's in the past and did not have to jump through
> all these hoops. I spent 1 1/2 hours in traffic (fin de mes) and
> finally gave up.
- For the excruciating details of what you may be about to experience
see CRL message # 39337.
It appears your package is getting some extra scrutiny . . . do let
us know how you well did . . . leave a day or so for the process
(particularly if you start late in the day or there has been a huge
shipment of Chinese pianos that day).
If the message doesn't give you a good indication of the peculiar
location of Tical give us a call and I can direct you . . . it's only
a stones throw from the horrid Fiesta purple hand but then you are not
a stone so it's not as easy.
If the item is of little value . . . you may want to just abandon it
and toast its demise with a couple of beers?
> "My bank sent me a replacement ATM via Fedex ...." by "luck4unme"This post prompted me to contribute my recent experiences getting US
bank cards renewed here. One VISA/debit card expired in November and I
had the new card mailed through Aerocasillas at ARCR. It never got
here. The replacement was also sent to my account at ARCR, it ALSO has
Another, Paypal debit card, which I applied for as a backup plan in
case something happened with my regular bank cards was sent to
Aerocasillas at ARCR in December -- guess what!!! Never got it.
That is THREE bank cards missing through the ARCR mail forwarding
service with Aerocasillas.
The only way for me to get my pension was to have my brother wire
transfer the money to me at my Banco National account. I have since
changed my check to direct deposit here. MUCH easier!!
Another interesting item re: receiving bank cards here - My credit
union in Colorado has my APDO address in Grecia and they sent my new
card there by regular mail. I got it in two weeks! I received the
letter with the new Pin the week before I got the card. I would not
have had them send it there but it was done without my realizing it. I
am so glad it was! This is what saved my bacon in accessing my funds
in the States, as I was able to transfer from the other account whose
card(s) never showed up.
I had a similar "all day experience" as "luck4unme" had in getting a
pkg through Fedex. Interestingly, another pkg a few weeks later came
straight to a business address I used in Grecia without any customs or
hassel. Go figger!
- --- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "luck4unme" <luck4unme@...>
>We've had three bank cards sent here over four years using normal US
> My bank sent me a replacement ATM via Fedex
> ... 1. Are there any shortcuts/alternatives to the procedure.
Priority Mail. Shoved them into the pages of paperback books, put
each book into an envelope, and mailed it. One of them was even sent
activated by mistake. Had the "magic number" sent separately by
email or telephone. Took 7-10 days, no problems.
Definitely an alternative procedure.
Co-Founder, El Puente - The Bridge
The Bridge provides educational assistance, food assistance, and
microloans mainly to indigenous people in the southeastern part of
Costa Rica. Our goal is to help people help themselves to self-
See us at http://www.elpuente-thebridge.org
- --- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "Alajuelanorth" <bernij@...>
>Berni- You are the comic writer extraordinare! I read the archived
> For the excruciating details of what you may be about to experience
> see CRL message # 39337.
message and laughed and snickered out loud... and it was practically
identical to the experience my husband and I had in trying to get a
car part that a company in Austin Texas sent using Fedex. Little did
they know Costa Rica version is so different from the USA version.
Additionally we did this before the $500.00 ruling, so we additionally
had to pay $60.00 for a $12.00 car part! WE also didn't have our car,
hence needing a car part, so we had to take the bus to the airport
from Atenas where we lived at the time, a taxi back and forth several
times on the same aforementioned road. WE also needed more copies of
passport and it seemed no one had a copier, so we walked to various
buildings until we found someone with a copier. It was a long day
but our carburetor finally had the part it needed to feel all better,
we got our car after having it at the taller for 5 weeks and it
actually passed RTV that year too. Moral to the story, never never use
- We get mail directly at our hotel here in Tilarán from the US with no
hassle. The mail often arrives in less that two weeks of the posted date.
We also get mail directly at the ARCR APDO from within CR and from the
US without any hassle.
Delivery to the Aerocasillas PO box or physical address in Miami with
forwarding to ARCR has also gone well.
Any express deliveries of anything to any address in CR is always a
problem. In four years, we have never received anything sent via Fedex
to any address here, ever. Fedex deliveries always are bounced back to
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Is there a possibilty for a gringo to set up a DHL or
shipping distributorship to help all people out of
these bad situations
> to help all people out ofActually, they are not always really bad situations . . .
> these bad situations
they are the local literal interpretation of the defined or legal
process . . .
the fact that the actual process (interminable bureaucracy)
and the intended result (express shipping)
do not properly intersect are mere factoids, not problems requiring
Something to consider . . . FedEx can deliver ice to Eskimos and sand
to Berbers second day delivery but can't get past the Aforador at the
Tical building . . . every time the chairman of FedEx convenes his
board of directors the subject of Costa Rica comes up he just groans
and tells em "well, you gotta understand it's Costa Rica!".
reminded that the things we learned all those years about necessities
are not necessarily so