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#1 Dijawana Diva

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    Posted 03 February 2008 - 06:06 PM

    Oy... I am leaving in 7 days; my wedding is in 14 days.

    This is my first trip to Playa del Carmen where I have more than a carry on (I am a light packer).

    When I travel , I normally fedex my luggage 2-3 days before directly to the hotel. This gives me enough time to react, if something goes wrong. Because this is my wedding, I'm a little more nervous....

    If I ship all my items on Tuesday via fedex priority, barring any customs issues, it should arrive at my hotel on Friday. I was thinking of shipping all the contents of the gift bags, some of our clothing, all our toiletries and all our printed material.

    My questions - - have any of the Riviera Brides here shipped boxes to Cancun via FEDEX and experience any issues? Outside of costs, of course...

    Your comments and thoughts would be much appreciated!

    #2 amyh

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      Posted 03 February 2008 - 06:08 PM

      Please use the search feature!!!!

      http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t14777
      http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t13834

      #3 DreaW

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        Posted 03 February 2008 - 07:25 PM

        Quote:
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        ditto :)
        Hope this helps you

        #4 staceyandadam

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          Posted 04 February 2008 - 04:08 PM

          Ohhh.. good question! I will be looking up the answer in the search area too! I was thinking of shipping things to PDC for our wedding!
          **Stace**

          #5 cheese_diva

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            Posted 04 February 2008 - 04:10 PM

            I believe DHL is the service most recommended for Mexico.
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            #6 Maartje Oremus

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              Posted 04 February 2008 - 08:34 PM

              Most of our clients decided to bring their items with them in the suitcase, as they experienced it was a lot more expensive to have it shipped then to pay for the extra luggage. I have experienced one time that a bride shipped me some items up front, but they were hold up at customs in Merida. It took some days before they were allowed to continue to Cancun. Fortunately they arrived on time, however this is always a risk. Be extra careful with items that are made in China, I have heard they are sometimes difficult to be shipped in. I believe it might be easier to bring them with you on the plane, as you can explain personally that you will not sell these items, however you will use them for your wedding.
              i hope this information helps.
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              #7 Dijawana Diva

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                Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:19 AM

                Thanks for everyone's input... I just shipped 2 boxes of embroidered towels, and a large suitcase containing toiletries and clothing via FEDEX last week.

                After a couple of days, 2 of the 3 boxes I shipped were returned back to the US because one box contained saline solution and the other box contained a tube of toothpaste... The 3rd box, which contained 30 embroidered towels (made in Pakistan) cleared without any issues.

                Luckily, I had enough time to react and the boxes were returned a few days before I leave for Mexico.

                Moral of the story - - Toiletries that is orally taken cannot be shipped to Mexico. Customs will not remove smaller items to clear the package - it is automatically returned, and the shipper is responsible for the return shipment, AND - - duties and customs fees, even if the package doesn't technically arrive in Mexico.

                #8 Can'tHardlyWait

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                  Posted 08 February 2008 - 11:14 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Dijawana Diva
                  Thanks for everyone's input... I just shipped 2 boxes of embroidered towels, and a large suitcase containing toiletries and clothing via FEDEX last week.

                  After a couple of days, 2 of the 3 boxes I shipped were returned back to the US because one box contained saline solution and the other box contained a tube of toothpaste... The 3rd box, which contained 30 embroidered towels (made in Pakistan) cleared without any issues.

                  Luckily, I had enough time to react and the boxes were returned a few days before I leave for Mexico.

                  Moral of the story - - Toiletries that is orally taken cannot be shipped to Mexico. Customs will not remove smaller items to clear the package - it is automatically returned, and the shipper is responsible for the return shipment, AND - - duties and customs fees, even if the package doesn't technically arrive in Mexico.

                  Thanks for posting this information! I know a lot of girls have been going back and forth on this. I have been planning to ship my decorations for the last 3 weeks but I keep procrastinating because... well, thats what I do! I am happy to hear your towels went through - I have 100 chair sashes and a bunch of table runners that I need to ship :)




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