Shipped Items Held Hostage In Guatemala Customs
17 November 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Susan / mostly cloudy, afternoon showers, 85 degrees F
Yet another week gone by and the lithium batteries and wet bar fridge are still being held hostage (separately) in Guatemala Customs. It’s not a matter of paperwork (we’ve provided what is required, Rita has given it to Transcargo who has given it to Customs), nor lack of trying (we understand that two owners of Transcargo and one of their lawyers visited Customs earlier in the week), nor simple neglect (we and others ask about our shipments every day). We and others have even asked if this is “about money”, and were told no. They are just being obstructive. Because they can. This is a new development; it used to be getting items here was straight forward and reasonably fast. For now we can do nothing but wait this out.
We have a long list of not-essential-to-depart boat projects to do and Jerry continues to work away on the newest Mintaka Innovations product so the time will not be wasted. It’s fortunate our US Thanksgiving guest(s) plan for Roatan was previously canceled, otherwise we’d have to tell her that we’ll not be there by Thursday. If we don’t hear different news next week, perhaps we’ll take another inland travel vacation.