3 months ago the bel fidanzato and I sent a 16kg box from Australia to Italy via seamail ~ airmail for such a weight and distance was a little too pricey for us. Italy being Italy we did not listen to the friendly Australian post office when they said the box would arrive in 6-8 weeks. In the grand scheme of things 12 weeks is not so bad considering it's Italy we're talking about!
Today the box arrived to bel fidanzato's parents house, and his dad had to pay 50 euro to accept the pack. We were not at their house or else we would have questioned it as I have never had to pay to receive a pack in the past, and also we had paid a fair sum of money to ship this over, so all costs should have been covered.
Bel fidanzato was furious as you can expect, but of course the courier or who ever delivered the box did not leave a phone number on the receipt. The strange thing is that the same post man had a parcel that arrived from Canada and the dad did not have to pay a cent for that!
On Monday bel fidanzato is going to begin the draining, frustrating, want to jump off a balcony task of calling this post company and asking exactly is this 50 euro fee for?
Hmmm...you really do have to have patience to live in Italy!