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This is our second international move and I had hoped that since the moving company was the same one that serves Department of State, other government agencies, and lots of private firms worldwide, we might get good service. I was sadly mistaken. I don’t know why, with all my experience around government, should have thought that anything even closely related to government, especially the federal government, might provide excellent service. (Just one exception I must say, my service agent for the moving company has done a great job of hand-holding and making sure my complaints, concerns, etc. have been promptly addressed).

The crew showed up and did a sloppy job of things, especially the furniture. They would bring down two or three pieces of an item, then an hour later I would find a pack of screws, or a loose screw, on the floor. So much for consolidating pieces. So much for making unpacking and reassembling furniture an easy task. The driver and head guy was definitely not with a “can-do” attitude. We’ll see how everything arrives and I’ll let you know how much damage I claim from insurance.

The second day involved more packing and loading the container. We filled a 40 foot container with about 6 feet of space left at the end. It’s somewhere in the Atlantic right now, headed for the Panama Canal, where it will be transferred from the ship Sun Round to the Euro something or other. Only 12 days transit time from Baltimore, MD to Guayaquil!

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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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