Where Does International Mail Go? (Not FedEx, Carib, BMCargo, etc.)

La Profe_1

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As I understand it, the trick to getting normal (not courier) mail here is to rent a post office box at the office closest to your home or business. Mail actually gets placed, or arranged in them for pickup, from the boxes.
 

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As I understand it, the trick to getting normal (not courier) mail here is to rent a post office box at the office closest to your home or business. Mail actually gets placed, or arranged in them for pickup, from the boxes.
There it is !
 

Aguaita29

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I had a friend send me mail the other day, used my residential address - the item was not valueable. I have always known to use any international method as DR does not have any publicly funded ? mail service like US/CAN. Where does it all go though? If I write an address for POP city what can i expect to happen? where does it get processed etc? thanks
Mail works well in some places but not in others. I still have a couple of friends in the U.S. that I exchange Christmas cards with. I wouldn't send something valuable, though.
 
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I've heard rumors of postmen but in 16 years here, I've never actually seen one. They're rarer than the chupacabra here on the north coast.
I saw one ~12 years ago. Some guy carrying a batch of letters in my sosua condo building looking for correct unit(s) to deliver to. No uniform, no badge, just street clothes.
I also would receive letters slipped under my unit’s front door when I wasn’t home that were not mine. Correct building, wrong unit.
 
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I have received mail here. Sometimes it is a month late, once it was 4 months late. In the Colonial Zone and now in Villa Duarte. In the Zone the carrier left the mail with a neighbor. Now the carrier knows me and yells up to my apartment. He carries a small bag and wears civilian clothes. Letters I get at home. If it's a package (flea and tick meds for the dogs) I have to walk to the little post office to claim and pay some money for it. There are a few things that got lost but nothing important. I would suggest visiting your local office and introduce yourself so they know you.
 
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I have received mail here. Sometimes it is a month late, once it was 4 months late. In the Colonial Zone and now in Villa Duarte. In the Zone the carrier left the mail with a neighbor. Now the carrier knows me and yells up to my apartment. He carries a small bag and wears civilian clothes. Letters I get at home. If it's a package (flea and tick meds for the dogs) I have to walk to the little post office to claim and pay some money for it. There are a few things that got lost but nothing important. I would suggest visiting your local office and introduce yourself so they know you.
Great idea. Only a few things LOST. Get on board..............
 

william webster

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My shoe repair man works just outside the local post office.

One day the girl came out of the post office with a few letters and asked me if I knew the person to whom they were addressed.
They were for me !!
Social Security checks totaling a few thousand dollars !!
And - she told me there was another one in Nagua that would come tomorrow !!

I changed my SS to direct deposit.

Now they have found my house (not easy) and stand at the gate calling my name.

The system- like most things Dominican- is odd but seems to work
 
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El Hijo de Manolo

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My shoe repair man works just outside the local post office.

One day the girl came out of the post office with a few letters and asked me if I knew the person to whom they were addressed.
They were for me !!
Social Security checks totaling a few thousand dollars !!
And - she told me there was another one in Nagua that would come tomorrow !!

I changed my SS to direct deposit.

Now they have found my house (not easy) and stand at the gate calling my name.

The system- like most things Dominican- is odd but seems to work
I have a Dominican acquaintance who was appointed to work in the postal service (as part of the Abinader/Cavoli pity assignments). He has to work one day per month in Nagua and gets 14K, so something must be going on in terms of a service.
 

arete92

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They messaged me on WhatsApp Puerto plata postal service... that I have a package to come pick it up.. wow that was about 2.5 weeks... this was def the Public postal service IMPOSDOM I was laughing as I thought it was gone.

Am I lucky or did some branches of gov get some money?
 

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They messaged me on WhatsApp Puerto plata postal service... that I have a package to come pick it up.. wow that was about 2.5 weeks... this was def the Public postal service IMPOSDOM I was laughing as I thought it was gone.

Am I lucky or did some branches of gov get some money?

Stop and buy a lottery ticket while you’re out picking up your package. It’s your lucky day. 😍
 
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chico bill

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My shoe repair man works just outside the local post office.

One day the girl came out of the post office with a few letters and asked me if I knew the person to whom they were addressed.
They were for me !!
Social Security checks totaling a few thousand dollars !!
And - she told me there was another one in Nagua that would come tomorrow !!

I changed my SS to direct deposit.

Now they have found my house (not easy) and stand at the gate calling my name.

The system- like most things Dominican- is odd but seems to work
Wow that was lucky. And lucky you weren't relying on the money that you could afford for it to be late
 

arete92

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200 pesos she asked for a package that was 0.7 lbs. that's cheaper than BM cargo and more than likely she pulled that number from somewhere I could care less about 200 pesos so it's fine and not going to argue with them I was regardless going to give them a 150 tip so I get my packages if that happens again.
 
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Tom F.

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in the late eighties I used the mail system all the time. As a Peace Corps volunteer I lived in SFM and used the post office there for mostly letters and some packages. I lost a few chocolate bars and a plane ticket but otherwise I received lots of mail. I stopped a few times a week to ask if I had anything. We also used to send telegrams at the post office to each other if you planned on visiting someone's site or meet up in the capital. I had access to a phone where I rented a room but the vast majority of volunteers used call centers to make phone calls.

About six or so years ago I sent myself a package from SFM to NJ and it arrived with no problem. I took about two weeks.