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AmpedWireless

Got my latest delivery from MyUS, and its always like a Christmas delivery, even though you know what are in the boxes, you don’t know how they packed them and the excitement of opening the boxes is always something to look forward to. As usual I had some electronics in the mix which delays items from clearance but I was expecting that, at least with all the items in the box weren’t open.

In The Box

  • Leap Motion
  • Amped Wireless Access Point
  • Amped Wireless Outdoor Access Point
  • Boosk Galore

The Amped Wireless wifi is ridiculously powerful and from the statistics, they are impressive hardware so I was looking forward to getting my hands on them and trying them out. The Leap Motion I have had on Preorder for a while now and finally getting it to try it out, feels like Minority Report the first time I played around with it.

DHL Customs Disaster

Things have gotten very ridonkulous with Customs in Kuwait, everybody faced problems but I have never had a package stuck in the Ministry of Information for over a month and a half, and I only had Gears of War 3 and Toy Model in the box, nothing else. I kept calling DHL they keep telling me two days later again and again, it was a headache. The items arrived in Kuwait on September 16th, they said the items had to go to Ministry of Information since they shutdown their desk at the airport so they said that would take a 7 to 10 days, I said thats fine so 10 days went buy and nothing, then they told me a few days later it cleared then they said it would take another week in customs because of the mess they have. Then they were on Strike and I was told my package was lost and it would take a few more days to find it then a few days more to clear it.

It went on week to week like this, until I decided to go check in Customs and they said they never received any package back from MoI. I asked where it would be and went to MoI, and I found the items were still there and never taken back. It was a disaster, I basically went to so many different offices asking what they wanted and nobody knew. At one point I spoke to one sensible guy and told him you have had the package for a month and half and havne’t decided what you want to do with it. He spoke to another guy and signed a few random papers and gave the package to me. DHL don’t have a clue about it and I’m not paying them anything for it, I wanted to blow up and rip the guys at DHL to shreds but at that point I have my package and I’m not going to bother with them, but for over a month for a toy and video is ridiculous.

New Shipping Rules From Customs

A lot of us order lots of items from outside of Kuwait, and now with the arrival of the iPhone 4S people will be making a ton of orders to satisfy their Apple addiction, I for one am addicted to Amazon. Now things have gotten a lot worse then before with customs and I’m not sure if this will get any better.

Ministry of Information shutdown their desk at the Customs Airport Counter. So what does that mean, it means every package has to be taken from the Airport to the Ministry and checked out so the process was long before but now its even more ridiculous.

Previously:

  • 3-5 Days International Delivery
  • 3-5 Days Kuwait Customs Clear

Total 10 Days

Now:

  • 3-5 Days International Delivery
  • 3-5 Days Kuwait Customs
  • 4-7 Days Ministry Of Interior
  • 4-7 Days in Custom for the Delivery Company to Pick it UP

Total 24 Days

The Ministry of Information is going through to check what is or isn’t banned but they are going through everything and they don’t have a clue what anything is. I had a very difficult time explaining to them what Gears Of War 3 was, I don’t think they have seen a PS3 or XBox before.

Quick Update
Airport and Port Customs are on strike, good luck getting any of your packages any time soon.

Delivery Holds

FEDEXPlane

Recently I have gone on a little online shopping spree getting a variety of items, from electronics to books. I sent some to Aramex and some to MyUS account, and even from MyUS I shipped some items through FedEx and some through DHL. I basically broke down the shipments to see what would get caught and who would get through.

It seems that people aren’t working in Customs currently because its too hot, so they are leaving the containers outside and still fully packed. All my items arrived in Kuwait but nothing was being delivered, I spoke to Aramex, DHL, and FedEX and they all gave me the same reason, currently nobody is looking at the containers and we have to wait for them to clear it. A day later a few items were cleared such as toys, video games, and print work.

Now what got caught was based on these details:

  • Anything heavier then 10 KG – (Netgear Server)
  • Electronics – (A Shaver)
  • Books – (Comic Book Art & Halo Art)

In Kuwait they are unpredictable and lazy, we have become even worse then Saudi. All the shipping people say its a nightmare to ship to Kuwait when even Saudi is getting more organized then us.

MyUS.com BluRay Shipment

I have been saving up a bunch of Blu-Rays for some time now on my Amazon Wish List. And I decided to ship them all one go through MyUs.com shipping service. This was the ultimate test, and I chose DHL Express Service to see what would happen to this shipment and how many BluRays would be confiscated from this extensive list of epic and lifetime movies. And thrown into the mix is one Sonos ZP90, an addition to my current Sonos unit, to play music in other areas.

I had several shipments of Blu-Rays and the ZP90, and MyUS combined all the items into one big box for easier shipping. 23 lbs in total for all the items combined, turned out to be $180, the items got into the MyUS mailbox in Florida over a two day period, so after getting several boxes I clicked to combine them all and ship, the next day I get a DHL tracking number to Kuwait. Three days later all the items are in Kuwait and I just give them my civil ID and pay 10 KD for the tax of the full value of the invoiced items. Overall a much better experience, much faster, cleared in two days from customs and delivered to my house, couldn’t ask for a better service. MyUS is only good for heavy shipments as others have mentioned, its too expensive for small parcels, so if you want to order a bunch of items try combining them one shot and sending them over in one heavy box, turns out to be a lot cheaper then Aramex and a lot less headache. I will use Aramex for small shipments but for big shipments I’m using MyUS.

Items:

  • Sonos ZP90
  • Justice League – The Complete Series DVD

Blu-Rays:

  • 300
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • Star Trek
  • Transformers
  • Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen
  • Gladiator
  • The Matrix Collection
  • Dead Space Downfall
  • GunBuster The Movie
  • DieBuster The Movie
  • Robotech The Shadow Chronicles
  • Appleseed Ex Machina
  • Samurai 7
  • Samura Champloo

An Awaited Delivery

DeliveryCanon&Book 001

This I have been waiting for this package for some time now, I have been going over the details of the Canon 7D and found this great book about Halo. There is never enough Halo in this world, and at the same time I kept reading great reviews about the Canon 7D and its 720p videos. Now I just have to learn how to use it correctly to get the best of the camera. I’m curious to try the 720p video, I just need an appropriate size compact flash card to use with it. An nice early Christmas Present for myself, the best feeling when opening the packages.

Mr. Delivery

delivery-bag

I remember a while back about a delivery service that delivered food or items from your house to any other location. I was trying to remember the name I remember that Kuwait Black Market had them a while back and found it. KBM spoke about Mr. Delivery and we wanted to order from Johnny Rockets on Friday night and didn’t want to move, and we were really hungry and lazy at the same time. We called them up, they said its 2.5 KD for delivery from Johnny Rockets Salhiya to Mishref, which isn’t too bad and they asked for the bill amount and I told them over 50 KD (We were very very hungry, and we have a friend named The Ferret who can eat anything and everything). Then Johnny Rockets called and told us the driver was there but the food didn’t leave yet, they called us once it was done and he took the food. He got to us in about 15 minutes, right behind the house without having to call and find the street or getting lost. A great service which I will be using again and recommending to people. Also one other note, he had a heat bag to keep the food warm which is a plus, I was impressed, fixed low price and no hassle service what more could I have asked for.

Mr Delivery

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  • Reasonable Prices & No Headaches

Baskin Robins – Delivery

BaskinRobbins

Now this turned out to be an interesting conversation, we felt like Baskin Robbins ice cream since there was no Coldstone in the vicinity. We decided to call the 1800 number instead of driving there. I called the phone and an Egyptian man at the call center answered, I asked for Chocolate Chip and he said its not a flavor they have, then I asked for Prailins and Cream, then he said that isn’t a flavor they have, then I asked for Strawberry Cheese Cake Ice Cream, and he says they have Straberry Ice Cream. I asked him if this was this was Baskin Robbins and he said it is, so I said thank you but I will driver over there.

I thought I was out of my mind, but when I got to the Baskin Robbins I was correct with all my flavor choices. Then the Philipino guys at Baskin Robbins complained about the Egyptian call center, they don’t know the flavors and confuse the customers. Turns out the since Baskin Robins is part of Americana they put them under the same rule of Egyptian thumb, they have an overwhelming amount of Egyptians working for them in all their fast food franchises so its no surprise they are in the call center but they have no clue about the product. What surprises me is that they have Philipinos at most Baskin Robins, I honestly prefer Philipinos as they are very friendly and always give good service. So I wasn’t mixed up about the flavors but it seems I was talking to a guy who had no clue about the flavors.

Aramex Kuwait Customs Clearance

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for choosing Aramex as your transportation partner.

The Kuwaiti Customs Authority has recently notified us that all courier shipments containing non-documents shall undergo customs inspection upon arrival at Kuwait airport. While Aramex shall continue providing its clearance services, we are unable to provide a specific time frame as to the duration of the clearance period, which may exceed five working days. Aramex therefore encourages all its customers who require speedy clearance to collect their shipments’ documents for self-clearance at the Aramex Ardiya office.

Should you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us on + 965 1820011.

Best Regards,

Aramex Shop&Ship Team

What this sounds to me is that Aramex is trying to make an excuse and basically says that we will take your money to bring your packages to a certain point but your better off picking it up. One note, I have done clearance by myself before and its hectic there and you can barely find the clearance people from one Ministry to the other, for example you need clearance from the Ministry of Communication when ever you bring an odd piece of networking equipment or server and you won’t have time to get it back to clearance, and recently they lost a package of mine after I got the clearance. These guys don’t have a clue what the hell they are doing, I’m not blaming Aramex but that is a very cheap ploy on their part to exit from the responsibility. They are providing a service and people are paying for it, even after increasing their prices they say this after all that people have gone through with their deliveries. Most of my packages get stuck in custom clearance in the first place and I wait for it to be cleared because if it gets lost its not my fault. Also I don’t think customs will be able to handle the volume of packages that come in from all the different courier companies on a daily basis from Kuwait Airport, I have seen how many staff they have and if one guy goes to work you would be lucky. I remember my server taking over two weeks to clear and thats with me calling them consistently, I wonder how long they will try stopping every package before going to back to normal and leaving the items. About a year ago these guys pretty much let everything through without a headache and in reality if people just pay the fee they owe then that’s fine, why does it require clearance, let people just pay the tax for it.

Ghetrity

Now this is a service that has come in handy on Friday, I’m the type of man that only buys cloths when necessary and that point is usually when they no longer resemble clothing. I have been using the same chemaaq for a while now and I got a few new ones because my brother bought them for me, but in my case I don’t have a clue where to get new ones. So I was in a predicament since I have worn my chemaqs to death and I don’t wear qitras because they are too light for me.

My friend recommend ghetrity so I called them up and gave them my address Thursday evening, and then at Friday 2 pm they came to the house with a sample of every white chemaaq they had and I was surprised of the variety, I’m even lucky I knew the size and I don’t even know how they base those measurements.

There was Givenchy and Dunhill chemaaqs, that was surprising since I thought Givenchy had a fashion line and perfume, and Dunhill had a men’s fashion line and cigarettes. Seems that chemaaqs are big business and these fashion companies are involved, then he opened a box which matched the ones I was wearing exactly. I asked how much that one was, turned out to be 9 KD and so I asked for six pieces, the guy went and came back 30 minutes later with 6 pieces, I paid and he left. Now that couldn’t have been more convenient, I didn’t even have to leave my basement. What more could you ask for, decent prices, great quality and selection, and quick service and all at the comfort of your home.

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