Saturday, May 23, 2015

Container is Here!

So finally our container of goods passed customs, with just a few rejects. Our car seats from the car we drove down, and of all things an old canoe and paddles. We made a quick decision and abandoned them as the duty was well over thousand dollars US and it would have added several days onto the wait, at one hundred dollars a day. Our customs broker was right on it and kept us up to date on all that was going on.
I prepared the first room to receive all the boxes and other stuff from a 40 foot shipping container by moving the only furniture to the far end of the room.

The truck with the container on the bed arrives at midnight. Because we live in the centro part of Merida truck traffic of this size is by permit only and we have 3 hours from midnight to unload. I'm sure my neighbors are not happy. But wait, we have a problem. Customs put a seal lock on the container that we must remove to open. No one told us this. The driver has no tools. We have no tools because they are packed IN the container. Our workers for unloading arrive and with a little bit of that Mexican creativity, they manage to remove the locking device with the assistance of a tire rod. 

Finally at about 1 am we start the unloading. And the room quickly fills up. As does the terraces and the courtyard. OMG did I really bring all this STUFF?

By 2:30 am we have the container fully empty, the house packed to the rafters and we are alone with our things. Now the fun really begins, what do we keep? What do we dispose of? And the proverbial were does it all go?


  1. The good thing is, your stuff actually made it to your house. You can take all the time in the world now to unpack it. Weird about the canoe and car seats though.

  2. Yay! (Keep your eyes out for that canoe around Progresso.)

  3. It’s like early Christmas for you; open boxes you already forget what is in.

    1. Yes, I've found a few things that I forgot I bought and packed...some Bath and Body soaps, a new's so much work but the little surprises help!