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Problems with "reputable" shipping companys?

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BaxterRay
2/28/2017 11:49 EST

If anyone is interested, I have some knowledge on shipping cars and household goods to and from Costa Rica and possibly who to use or not use.

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Blueridgeboy1
2/28/2017 14:26 EST

I'd be interested in the household goods part of it. I don't live near a seaport, so am trying to wrap my head around the idea of loading a shipping container in my driveway... then??? Thanks.

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BaxterRay
2/28/2017 18:14 EST

We had a company deliver a container to our home. We hired a moving company to load it. Our shipper was "
Ship to Costa Rica" ran by Charles Zeller. The whole experience was a daunting one. We only had 4 hours to load it once the container arrived so we had to coordinate that with the movers who loaded for us. Anything over 4 hours you pay a lot extra per hour as the driver is waiting.
If you take any advice from us that is worth taking, please get the insurance to cover all your things.
We didn't and regret it.
If you take insurance you pay much more for shipping as the cost is based on the amount you insure.
We lost some things going over, some broken and some just missing. When we moved back we lost a lot more through abuse by the shipper in repackaging from the ship container to the freight carrier who delivered back to our home. It has been a very disappointing time. Since we had no insurance we were reduced to being reimbursed at 60 cents per pound of the damaged items. It took the shipper, Mr. Zeller, 4 months just to agree to compensate us but we are still waiting on payment.
If you want further details I would be glad to respond to a private message.

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tryxiec
8/16/2017 19:06 EST

My experience with Barry Wilson and "Ship Costa Rica' was horrendous!! I am happy to tell anyone the details.

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tryxiec
8/16/2017 19:08 EST

I'm so sorry for your trouble. I have waited over a year and still don't have the goods that I shipped with Barry Wilson and Ship Costa Rica. This company has cost me thousands of dollars. I hope that others won't have the same experience.

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lindyluvsCR
8/16/2017 20:40 EST

Really sorry you all had bad experiences with movers. But many including me believe it best to whittle down what is really important, and bring in suitcases and forget about shipping things that can break or be stolen or big expensive hassle to pickup. We brought 5 suitcases.

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LongHammer
8/16/2017 20:59 EST

AeroMexico, which allows 2 50 pound suitcases free. Additional 3 at $50 each. Although I find more than 3 too cumbersome to deal with. And at least I know where everything is.. I first arrived in Central America with 2 suitcases and everything important to me can still be carried in them.. To me possessions only are a hindrance. I have become a Minimalist.

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CaryOn
8/16/2017 22:44 EST

We are really tending to minimize, bringing only what will fit in suitcases. However, much of the research I´ve done recommends bringing electronics, as they are very expensive in CR. How do you fit computers or a flat screen into suitcases?
Also, anyone who has suggestions for transporting cats, I´d like to hear from you. Cabin or cargo?
Cary

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lindyluvsCR
8/17/2017 10:22 EST

We brought a small laptop. We brought an extra small Epson printer, but when it broke could not get parts here and had to buy one here anyway.

The rental where we stayed had a flat screen. After buying a house, I talked my husband in to not getting a TV. We get news on computer. We were wasting a few hours watching reruns and junk. My husband made funny faces for a few days, and it has been over a year and not missed it a bit.

Ok, so electronics are a bit more, but when you factor in shipping costs and gas or transportation to pick up and then being charged whatever the aduana person's mood is for the day, I believe you are spending more. Of course, bring what will fit in suitcases.

But we know people that have spent $20,000 to $30,000 to ship what they think is important. I've seen there houses, and it looks like a bunch of junk to me.

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Kohl
8/17/2017 10:39 EST

Cats can be transported in cabin, if they under 20lbs including their crate.

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territp
8/19/2017 08:25 EST

The following is a link to a page I created from information given to me from a shipping company regarding what items NOT to ship. The listed items would most likely hold-up your import in customs for quite a while: goo.gl/YN3inL

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RogerKB
8/26/2017 22:27 EST

My wife and I are retiring and moving to CR (Dominical area) in October. We live in the Los Angeles area. Would you/someone be able to point me in the right direction for a reputable shipping container company to bring down our belongings? We're not taking our cars. Thanks, Roger.

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LongHammer
8/26/2017 23:20 EST

Try the provided link. You get bids based upon what you ship. Remember if you do not first obtain Residency and get the household goods exemption you will be taxed heavily on everything you ship. I recommend against shipping things like refrigerators as they really are not made for tropical climates, Any make or model of electrical items sent here will not have repair parts available.

https://intlmovers.com/international_shipping.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3IeG-bj21QIVDySBCh3ncgxcEAAYAyAAEgIZc_D_BwE

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shermanwc
8/27/2017 02:34 EST

APA Worldwide Movers, based in Costa Rica. They will handle everything from packing items in the USA to delivery to your door in CR.

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Kohl
8/27/2017 09:01 EST

Having residency no longer gives you a better deal on importing goods...

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RogerKB
8/27/2017 12:32 EST

Thank you! It's good to know that APA is actually based in CR. I've requested a quote from them. Roger

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TeresitaX
9/2/2017 02:20 EST

I'm glad to see you post this. We also used this company and found him extremely unethical-- ripped us off. And his movers on the CR end do their best to damage your stuff... loading heavy boxes of books on-top with flimsiest boxes on the bottom-- they paid no attention to care of items. Also if you are considering using "Barry Wilson" at the very least sign the contract in Costa Rica (use a lawyer/notary that you choose) and pay for the contract from a Costa Rican bank account, so that you have a legal leg to stand on if he cons you.

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FDR
7/2/2019 15:27 EST

Interested in anyone experience with Barry Wilson of Ship to Costa Rica

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GBP
7/2/2019 16:46 EST

I did it all myself--loaded it on a container--met it in Limon and went through customs and unloaded at my house. It is not rocket science and I figure you will save at LEAST half.

Gill Phelan
https://www.facebook.com/GrandviewestatesCR/

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lindyluvsCR
7/2/2019 21:17 EST

Teresita - I really don't think us gringos have a legal leg to stand on no matter what is signed.

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Kohl
7/2/2019 21:27 EST

'Teresita's' response is 2 years old...

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KRMendez
7/2/2019 23:55 EST

I shipped a 40' container from California to Costa Rica earlier this year with Ship Costa Rica (Barry Wilson) and have nothing but positive things to report on the entire experience.

If you have specific questions or would like more details, I'd be happy to post more info.

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Casbah209
7/3/2019 01:57 EST

Hi LindyluvsCR,

I'm curious about your comment regarding gringos not having a leg to stand on. Can you expound?

I've appreciated your perspective on many topics--thanks!

Casbah209

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lindyluvsCR
7/3/2019 14:31 EST

I am not the type of person to sue anyone in the US or here. But I have HEARD and READ that lawyers can make you think you have a case that you will win, but just keep taking your money. Then maybe you go to another lawyer with your problem and say the first lawyer didn't help you and does the same. I have READ that some people were laughed at in court by even the judge. I understand it is heresay, but have read this type of thing several times.

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acastillo
7/4/2019 08:22 EST

Gil, I had no idea that was possible. How did you do it?

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GBP
7/4/2019 09:31 EST

Just look for freight forwarders. There are many of them. Nothing at all to prevent you from doing the whole process. I packed my stuff in a truck--went to Delaware which was the closest port to my place in Pa. and loaded up the container. I also paid to send a car in another container. The important part is to make sure you have a customs guy lined up in Costa Rica to process everything.. You need to have a list and value of every item. Just label the boxes by number but do not show anyone the cross reference. LIke don't put "Gold Coins in Box # 1"---just have a complete list for customs, you can have a box list showing them how many boxes. The customs guy will help with keeping the cost down. I did mine many years ago so not sure but then it was not unusual to leave a "tip" to make sure all goes smoothly. I have heard of too many instances where items go missing even using companies so what is the benefit? To pay double? As always if you don't speak Spainish find a bi-lingual person to pay by the day to help.

Gill Phelan

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acastillo
7/6/2019 09:07 EST

Thanks Gil. I'll check it out.

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