Track Your Boxes
Times & Bureaucracies of container arrival and
release in Israel:
1 - Date Of Arrival, Port Ashdod means anytime within that date (24 hours) the ship will dock at Ashdod port.
"Arrival at Port Ashdod" sometimes means that it lands at Port Chaifa, and is then transported to Port Ashdod by frieght train.
2 - Then container has to be unloaded, (anywhere from 5 hours to 2 days).
3 - If ship lands at Port Chaifa, container gets loaded onto freight train, (they usually wait till they fill up train, then it leaves for Port Ashdod - 4 hours to 2 days).
4 - Arrival in Port Ashdod, shipped to delegated warehouse, (a few hours) where it is then entered into computer, and customs broker can then start 'working' on it.
5 - Customes broker sends all documents to meches, and waits for an answer as to how meches would like to proceed. Meches' choices:
a - free it immediately,
b - spot check it, (they remove between 100-200 boxes, check most of them - if all OK, return them to the container & 'free' it)
c - check most of the boxes
d - x-ray container
Any of the above can take between 1 to 5 business days to release the container.
6 - Container is released, transport to Yerushalayim is sought (depending on time of day of release, availability of truck, etc. (6 to 8 hours)
Receivers should call our hotline @ 054-686-8705 on May 16th after 5:00 PM for instructions
It is the responsibility of the RECEIVER to find out the pick-up date and time.
|To avoid local residents complaining, and to prevent us paying a hefty municipal fine for each box left on location, a gemach will pick up all boxes left over, at 9:30 PM, and it's theirs to keep.|
|Updates regarding container that left New York on Sunday, April 3rd (Shipment#70):|
|April 27||So far, it looks like we're ONLY one week late. Let's hope that's all. Please call May 19.|
|May 16||Wishful thinking! Delayed another week, please call May26.|
|Location||Alleyway behind Rechov Sorotzkin 7|
|Drivers may call
for directions after 12:01 PM on Pick-Up day.
(but PLEASE don't call to ask "how many boxes", "what color are my boxes" etc)
Unfortunately, we were caught with illegal
contents in a few boxes. The nezek right now stands at a little
over of $1,300.00. We were lucky to have a good customs broker, who brokered
a deal with the people in meches. (What saved us was showing
them the contract everyone has to sign). Instead of confiscating the
entire container and filing criminal charges against me, the seven boxes
were removed and we paid 'only' the charge of destroying the contents,
and their 'checking' costs, in addition to their administrative fees.
Add to this the port fees at $120/day, and putting us on their
'to-be-checked' list! How
does anyone have the chutzpa to endanger an entire lift? What
heter does he have?
As of this writing, (with our Rav's blessing) they are being sued in small claims court.
The situation could've spiralled to about $ 30,000.00!!! Plus the cost of a criminal lawyer.
We accepted a brokered p'shara of $2,500. Would you like to pay that amount?
Costumer # 1071 had six boxes of illegal items (shoes, slippers), and costumer #1020 one box (meds).
New member of the club: Costumer # 1074, 2 boxes (shoes, food, cell phone, meds, dentistry items, candies). Then again 1 box (mobile phones, chametz, meds,etc)!
New New WhatsApp Service New New
To improve our service, we are starting a WhatsApp broadcast system to keep you informed of container drop-offs and/or pick-ups.
join: 1 - Add
Minchas Shlomo to your contact list , ,
,2 – Use phone number +1-917-657-4200 (include the +)
3 – Send us a WhatsApp message stating that you wish to
join and your customer number (if you know it). Specify if you are
PLEASE, DO NOT use
this WhatsApp to contact us, ever. Anyone who does will be
removed from our broadcast list and blocked.
We hope to better serve you with this new service.
Estimated Future Container Drop-off dates (Boro Park) Sunday:
June 26. Please check back.
Always subject to change. ALWAYS recheck 1-2 weeks before date.