DHL is the name of a worldwide shipping company.

I am sad today; I cannot find a solution to a problem.

I shipped a package from Cuzco, Peru to Indiana a few days ago; the package has now taken longer than 5 days to arrive at home. It is in Miami, Florida as best I can tell; my parents have written very confusing emails explaining the problem.

This is one of the words I love and hate, probably on the levels of the world of demagoguery and equivocation. These are some of my favorite words to understand, however in reality these words are worthless.

They are too complicated, and this is what bureaucracy means, there are rules that make the situation too complicated to understand.

I paid the big money because I know the rules of shipping home were too complicated for me to understand. I have been studying and experimenting with these rules for eight years.

I must accept that importing or exporting products home is not good business. I paid DHL in Cuzco to ship a package to my home and they failed. It cost me 140 U.S. dollars and now it is not home.

I use the most expensive and the only way I felt close to 100 percent guaranteed that the package would arrive. I even paid for insurance, and I doubt I will be able to collect.

Bottom line,
I paid lots of money for DHL to ship from Cuzco, Peru to Indiana. They did not perform this job. I did not trust Federal express or UPS at all and would never consider or even thing about using those two companies.

My deduction now is there is only one-way ship something home. I must carry it home on the plane. I have been laughing for years to myself that the only way to do business with Mexico was to go to Mexico and carry the products home, because Mexico is so corrupt you cannot ship out of the country.

Well, maybe this is a great business, when the rules become extremely complicated then one person that wished to learn can make millions. It is like an attorney, they make tons of money doing something that nobody else can do and then want paid when they fail also.

Therefore, I have paid 140 dollars U.S. for DHL to fail to ship a package to my house. This is maybe harsh or a strong opinion, however I have learned to do pay people only for completion, no excuses are acceptable.

I have no better solution, so anywhere to go; I am not going to fly between countries carrying products to guarantee they arrive. I really hoped that DHL could guarantee they ship a product to my home, they have failed.

Therefore, what is my recommendation for taking souvenirs home, carry them with you on the plane, you cannot trust shipping. Only ship home if you do not care if you lose them and the money. Now I do not care I have lost this package, it was just a box full of cotton secret pockets. I would never ship something I could stand to lose. Truthfully, I never carry anything I care about. I suppose my Rhino tooth that I got in my Nepal, is a souvenirs I am carrying that I do not want to lose, I hope I do not lose it before I return home.

For those of you that have shipped and it worked, SO have I, however it should work always, not sometime, the proof is in the percentage.


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I work in the semi-con industry and ship parts around the world. Over the last year we are having trouble with the customs people in the US when we ship with DHL. The only (cynical I know) explanation we have is that DHL are a German based company so customs hold them up, shipments with the US company Fed Ex have been the quickest. Did you get a tracking number for your parcel?



I have a parcel tracking number.
I am not worried about quick, and I do not trust Fed Ex as I am in the dodgy countries, they are not, I need the package to arrive, and quick is not the solution.

Did not know they was German... hehehe

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