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Today I am starting to feel like I’m in limbo again, waiting for our stuff to get out of customs. I can’t start a lot of my work without much of my equipment, which is still in the container. We are also paying rent for our house which is sitting empty, and has been for the past ten days. And while the food is good and the accomodations comfortable at my in-laws, it will be a real treat to cook again with my own pans and ingredients, sleep in my own bed, and give the kids their own rooms. We got the report on the container inspection over a week ago; they opened over 100 boxes and everything was declared in order, so no problems there. Just hope that nothing has gone missing in the container, as things sometimes do.

Over a week ago our stuff was supposed to be released from customs in Guayaquil and sent up here. The moving agent here, who has been exceptional at keeping us updated and unfailingly polite, had told us we would surely have our stuff out by the 9th of June. The 9th came and went, it was supposed to come next Monday. The paperwork still wasn’t finished to release it. Then Thursday last week it was supposed to be released, but someone in customs made a mistake with my wife’s passport number or some other piece of data. It was not a simple matter of correcting the mistake, but redoing all the paperwork and resubmitting for signature to the head of customs. And it takes at least 24 hours to get his signature.

Maria called the agent this afternoon, and he gave us the good news that, barring an act of God, the container should be delivered tomorrow morning. It’s currently waiting to be loaded onto a truck in Guayaquil and shipped up here, which will take overnight.

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Welcome to Destination Ecuador! My family and I have been living in Ecuador for the last four and a half years. We’ve dealt with the worst kinds of red-tape, searched out or ended up making hard-to-find ingredients ourselves, imported equipment for making chocolate confections, learned the import-export business...Continue >>

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