Despite promises from the new administration that receiving packages from outside the country would be easier than ever, it appears the practice of going to Retiro and standing in line for hours and regretting that you ever decided that you needed anything that wasn’t made in Argentina is here to stay. Tradition, tradition!
So informs us a Clarín article published today featuring profiles of package retrievers à la Humans of New York, except more utilitarian and depressing. “Last year I bought 3-D glasses and had to wait three hours to get them,” reads one testimonial. “I came to pick up an electric pillow that I was sent from Spain, which you can’t find here, for nerve pain. I got here at 9 AM and I’m leaving at 3:30 PM. I wasted more than six hours,” tells another tale of woe.
Two months ago when national tax collection agency (AFIP) head Alberto Abad announced that they were lifting restrictions on the importation of products bought online or outside of Argentina, there was dancing
in the streets in our office. But the celebrations were premature: the law that was passed is a complicated one, and in order to receive your items door-to-door you must be, essentially, a rather large business with a factory in need of a part unavailable in Argentina. Womp womp.
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Many people misinterpreted this message due to news reports and went wild on Forever21.com. They are now being met with lines at customs that take hours and hours and yes, more hours. They defeated every Angry Bird game and they are still waiting. There are murmurs that the government is hard at work to change this to make door-to-door to delivery available to the masses, but no timeline has put on such a futuristic advance.
The trouble with package delivery dates back to 2014, when former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner decided to restrict the purchase of products from foreign websites in order to prevent the flow of dollars. The new restrictions meant that customers could only purchase a maximum of two products per year, and effectively ended door-to-door courier services. Those issues still exist today.
So, the bottom line, get your friends to bring you that box of Cheezits, there’s a long wait and fines to be paid otherwise.