Togo Shipping Preparation - Tips

Hello Chris, To ship the package from the USA to Togo I really hate to pay more for DHL, but the 10 day wait or 15 days or maybe 5 is too much, the cost of me living in Lome would cost more than this, and the office of UPS seems to be a partner office not an office, like an associate, the commitment level is less, they are sub-contractors, not the same business on the internet page of UPS. I think we need to use DHL, or Fedex could be better if same price, DHL tends to add additional fees. NOTE: DO NOT PAY DHL WITH A CREDIT CARD -DHL will send extra bills, add on, etc, I have used them many times, the price is alway a plus situation, be very firm, get in writing if possible, there is noother fees. But for sure, pay cash! I sent a package home from Peru, and my parents get another bill sent to them, this is silly. There is a temptation always to lie with a shipping company, However, one lie and we have a big problem. I do need an itemized list and I think the customs paper will have an itemized list. I think we need to put the exact value of the equipment, no more no less and for insurance reasons. I know Togo or other countries, if there is a label, price tag, or something they will say it for importation and sales. This why not good to have many of anything. I think we need to put small pack of cookies that look home made, maybe five cookies and pack of underwear. All new or original packaging off, all made to be used, the customs agents search for one reason to collect money. Note, it would be great to import the small 12 Volt Charger, the one that cost about 12 - 15 U.S. Dollar to Togo. This charger and a battery would be all that is needed for a home to have lights at night easy. I think for 20 US a person could have lights in their one room home. But, shipping.. aagh, what a big cost. A person has to add 10 dollars for shipping, 10 dollars for the import, and now the total cost is 40 or about one and one half months work. A candle is easy. Thanks again, sort of an experiment.

ANDY IN Atakpame Togo West Africa May 2007

YOU WROTE:

I went to DHL here and they estimate for a 15 lb. package it would cost $315 (insured) + 25 packaging which they insist they do. Delivery time is 2 days + a day in Customs (said the guy that thought Africa was a country, then later that Lome was a country). Anyway, he got competent info over the phone with direction from me. The only restriction is that against importation of radar, routinely made by our government. Also the warning about a High Fraud status for Togo. Customs will likely open the package to inspect the contents, but then DHL will deliver it to the Galion Hotel, or wherever you say.

For comparison, the quote for USPS is $110 + insurance fee with a delivery time of 10 days. Presumably add to that the Customs clearance day.

I specified the contents were all personal possessions or gifts for Customs there. No packaging on your stuff.

BTW, I got you some sturdy mosquito netting cut from a roll 1 yd wide and 3 yds long. Rolled it up tight, pretty small and put it in the stuff sack with the 12V (10W) fan. Figured you could tape or nail it over windows for screening. Was cheap. OK?

- Chris Thank you,
Andy HoboTraveler.com
http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html 2007-05-09

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