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by Ruud
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Retirement Visa Customs Tax
Replies: 6
Views: 1353

Re: Retirement Visa Customs Tax

Interesting. What makes you think you are exempted from paying customs tax on importing goods? I have a Visa Rentista (retirement visa) and a CE. I am supposed to be forgiven customs tax. But the Sunat office in Lince will not recognize that. I recently had a $279 item sent to me and they forced me ...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Medicine "ADVAIR DISKUS 100/50"
Replies: 3
Views: 1602

Re: Medicine "ADVAIR DISKUS 100/50"

The discus version of this medicine is only offered under the name SERETIDE at a limited number of farmacies. The aerosol version of the same medicine is more widely available. At INKA FARMA it would cost about 150 Soles. Some will even charge up to 250 Soles. At a public farmacie it can cost as low...
by Ruud
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 18525

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

Because you have a clear idea what you are looking for: - genuine girl - english speaking - peruvian - willing to move - maybe with in certain age range etc Save you the hassle coming here for 3 months without speaking english, trying to pick somebody up in a disco. Go to one of the dating sites, or...
by Ruud
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost and Customs duties
Replies: 32
Views: 7430

Re: Serpost and Customs duties

I am expecting a package. It was sent a week ago and should arrive soon. Shipping cost were USD 80 for a package little less then 10kg. It contains various items for which I paid about USD 135. A friend who sent the package decided in all his wisdom to not include the invoice and put on the package ...
by Ruud
Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a used item on ebay - shipping to Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 1716

Re: Buying a used item on ebay - shipping to Peru

Hi Fanning, Are you serious? I bet you are! I own a Suzuki Vitara from 1992 and have been looking for spareparts online. So there is no way to buy used parts, even if new parts are not available? You cannot import used autoparts. My brother in law does this type of imports, and he always is going to...
by Ruud
Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Secure Taxi App
Replies: 44
Views: 7352

Re: Secure Taxi App

I read somewhere that Uber cashes 20% of the fare price.

Which seems to me very, very much. What part of the gross profit of the ride would that be? 50% maybe even more.

Ruud
by Ruud
Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost and Customs duties
Replies: 32
Views: 7430

Re: Serpost and Customs duties

Confusing maybe. But unfortunately this is how the IGV system works in most countries that use that type of consumer tax. Rule of thumb: everything that enters the country, the value (goods + shipping cost) is added with the VAT (value added tax) rate. That applies for consumers who import goods wit...
by Ruud
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost and Customs duties
Replies: 32
Views: 7430

Re: Serpost and Customs duties

from what i've read on some blogs about sending packages etc. to Peru, is like playing "Russian roulette", odds being 1 in 6 that all will go well, and "being at the mercy" of aduana. From what you've read on blogs....... Depending op the weight or size, US-post packages can sen...
by Ruud
Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost and Customs duties
Replies: 32
Views: 7430

Re: Serpost and Customs duties

So it's per item, not per package. It is per package. Maybe in the meantime they skipped the 100-200 Dollar rule and increase the exemption tresshold to 200 USD, but the more then 200 Dollar rules is as I explained below. Ruud December 2011 I posted on this board: http://www.expatperu.com/expatforu...
by Ruud
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Volunteer in Peruvian Selva?
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

Re: Volunteer in Peruvian Selva?

Hi Sunflower, There is a rescue center close to Tarapoto, in the middle of the jungle, who always welcome real volunteers. Have a look at their website: http://cereliasperu.com/como-ayudar/voluntarios/ The location is somewhere here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/6%C2%B027%2714.5%22S+76%C2%B020%...
by Ruud
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 4413

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

I myself would follow the advice of one of my business school professors and not spread my energy and money too thinly, instead focusing on the most profitable sector of my business, which to me sounds like selling your product locally in Lima. Or running a school. Or an antiques business. Or ....?...
by Ruud
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Motorcycles
Replies: 5
Views: 2546

Re: Motorcycles

I am driving a Chinese motorcycle for 6 year now without any mayor problems. In my opinion you should consider the following: In Peru only a few models are available per brand. Most of the time these are the cheapest models with small engines. Most popular are 125cc. For scooter models, 110cc is com...
by Ruud
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: MAILING RATES TO US - DOCUMENTS...
Replies: 2
Views: 778

Re: MAILING RATES TO US - DOCUMENTS...

The rate from Serpost you gave is only 1 of the 5 options available. It is their E.M.S. service. Should be faster than regular post. The other options for 350gr documents are: Regular Economic S./ 51.50 Regular Priority S./ 54 Regular Certified Economic S./ 60.50 Regular Certified Priority S./ 63 Th...
by Ruud
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Quality of life in Peru is horribly low
Replies: 45
Views: 11070

Re: Quality of life in Peru is horribly low

Well you proof what I mean. I does not exist of the shelf. You have to supervise it, know what you want and how you want it. Otherwise there is no way you get decent quality. On a positive note, if you know how to supervise a maestro, you will be able to get quality for not too much extra. It gets e...
by Ruud
Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Quality of life in Peru is horribly low
Replies: 45
Views: 11070

Re: Quality of life in Peru is horribly low

I would say it in a different way.

The concept of quality simply is not existing.

So, complaining about bad, or the lack of, quality becomes difficult, because most people don't have a clue what you are talking about.
by Ruud
Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where do I find thin polyethylene (PE-HD) sheets
Replies: 8
Views: 3137

Re: Where do I find thin polyethylene (PE-HD) sheets

It is called Geomembrana HDPE. I doubt you can buy it in a regular store on the shelve. This company http://www.orbesagricolasac.com/productos.html sells the brand Polytex. Specs sheet can be downloaded. Others are: http://geosurperu.com/geomembranas.html http://www.hydrocorpsrl.com/index.pl?art=pro...
by Ruud
Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cheap Flights From London to Lima?
Replies: 23
Views: 4287

Re: Cheap Flights From London to Lima?

Reminds me when I booked a one way ticket Madrid-Lima with Air Comet and they did not let me board in Madrid. The only difference is that I really did not know about that rule back then, but you have been warned from several sides. Keep us updated how you convinced the girls and the checkin counter....
by Ruud
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any free Sat-TV over Peru?
Replies: 2
Views: 899

Re: Any free Sat-TV over Peru?

For quite some time I have been asking this question myself. But without practical experience with satellite TV before I have not getting further then some investigation. For the decoders, dishes, heads(LNB) , you might find your luck at: http://listado.mercadolibre.com.pe/tv-satelital For an overvi...
by Ruud
Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: PAPER SHORTAGE IN PERU?
Replies: 17
Views: 2432

Re: PAPER SHORTAGE IN PERU?

Well, not only is it annoying, that constant yelling, it is also insulting the readers reading skills. Of course there is a way to block to see any message of a poster, but then you have to login always, be it effective. Well, someone needs to read the manual then. In Internet courtesy, capital lett...
by Ruud
Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 6357

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

Why the Oops? This is less then the rate in The Netherlands, which is now 21% BTW on all imported goods.


JanD wrote:Oops :oops:
Tks!
by Ruud
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 6357

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

Actually there is a company who sells thai camera on ebay who ships from Hong Kong for free to Peru. Their price is USD 427. http://stores.ebay.com/Dzone2-Digital-Shop Good Luck! I would like to buy a Canon Powershot SX50 HS in the USA and have it send to Peru. Why: because this camera costs abt USD...
by Ruud
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 6357

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

At Saga for S/. 1599, which is less then Euro 500. Amazon does ship to Peru, but not all brands and items. And if they do, the premium (shipping cost + estimated import duties + IGV) is so high it is not worthwhile. There is a company specialized in shipping online sales to other countries. Have a l...
by Ruud
Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fastest Broandband connection for an upload in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Re: Fastest Broandband connection for an upload in Lima

Upload people, upload. The original poster is asking about a fast connection for upload! Typically the upload speed will be about 10% of the offered speed. So a 2Mbs connection wil give you a theoretical upload speed of 200kbs. In reality probably less. Real life example: My 4Mbs (Telefonica/Movista...
by Ruud
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Jungle Real Estate
Replies: 14
Views: 4553

Re: Jungle Real Estate

What you ar looking for might cost 1500 soles per hectare maximum. Prices go way up when getting near to main roads ans towns. A potential problem is dat many properties don't have titles. Between Tarapoto and Yurimaguas I know 20 hectare (49 acres) for sale that has a title. It is partly virgin and...
by Ruud
Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Backing Bread
Replies: 9
Views: 3079

Re: Baking Bread

Well, that's great to hear. At least we know rye exists in Peru! Yesterday I made my first sour dough bread in Peru and it came out really good. Making the sour dough starter took a few days but was really straight forward. This is what I did based on whole wheat flour. Mix 8 spoons of flour with 8 ...
by Ruud
Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Backing Bread
Replies: 9
Views: 3079

Re: Backing Bread

In the mean tim eI contacted a company that trades all kind of cereals and received a short straight answer: "Por el momento esta escaso ese producto Tal vez para agosto o setiembre que es la cosecha" Ruud There is Rye flour. You just gotta look. Really? Where exactly? Which market? Which ...
by Ruud
Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Backing Bread
Replies: 9
Views: 3079

Re: Backing Bread

Sunflower, would you like to share a sack (probably 25kg or more) if I find one? I am not even sure if they grow rye in Peru. So far I have found: - harina de cebada (barley flour) - harina integral de trigo (whole grain wheat flour) - harina de trigo (wheat flour they sell in the supermarkets) - ha...
by Ruud
Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Backing Bread
Replies: 9
Views: 3079

Backing Bread

Is somebody into backing bread? I can find most ingredients and flour. But I would love to make a sour dough bread of Rye ( centeno in Peru). Anybody has seen where they sell reye flour? (Harina de centeno) I know there is a cuisine forum, but I hardly open that, so I suppose the majority doesn't......
by Ruud
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Just returned from Peru and have a couple of questions.
Replies: 13
Views: 2125

Re: Just returned from Peru and have a couple of questions.

Roger in the US wrote:Is there a reason many local smaller businesses do not except the dollar? I was wondering if it had to do with the recent slide in the dollar value?


Because the local currency is Soles?

Put it in a different way. Why wouldn't you withdraw Soles from an ATM and pay in soles?
by Ruud
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cross Contamination
Replies: 39
Views: 6238

Re: Cross Contamination

I think there is some immunity to bacteria from meat exposed and cross-contaminated from nearby poultry and other meats. However, cooking to the proper temperatures in critical. Most bacteria cannot survive temps of 160 degreed F. This means the internal temp has to get to at least 160. Wash the ch...
by Ruud
Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Rentista Visa - Which Document as Proof of Income?
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

Re: Rentista Visa - Which Document as Proof of Income?

Being denied by ING/Postbank I went to Rabobank. You really need the cooperation of an account manager at your local office. Because not only they need to put an (english) statement on paper that contains the Bank's logo and sign it personally. The also need to be willing to legalize their signature...
by Ruud
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Rentista Visa - Which Document as Proof of Income?
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

Re: Rentista Visa - Which Document as Proof of Income?

To koplinfamilia and sunflower, I have a rentista visa and the procedure was relatively simple. No need to legalize any documents of your pension fund of whatever. The most important document they require is a statement of you local bank manager, in which he declares that you receive a monthly incom...
by Ruud
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The 100 and 200 dollar import rule
Replies: 0
Views: 764

The 100 and 200 dollar import rule

Today I finally found out how the new (half year old) import rule works. First of all you have to look at the total value of the package. Total value is the value of the goods PLUS shipping cost. The value of the goods can be the declared value that the shipper filled out on the customs form, it can...
by Ruud
Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paypal
Replies: 9
Views: 1757

Re: Paypal

Yes it makes Paypal less useful. However there is at least one situation where a Peruvian Paypal account is very convenient. If you want to order goods via ebay, many vendors accept Paypal only and ship to the address of that Paypal account. As a Peruvian it will be difficult to fund your account, a...
by Ruud
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ordering Items From US Retailers, Amazon, Etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 3035

Re: Ordering Items From US Retailers, Amazon, Etc.

I have no experience receiving packages from US retailers yet. But I would love to order. Just the other day I discovered that Macys ships to Peru. They use a third party ecommerce company for that. The company is called FiftyOne and their retail client base is impressive. http://www.fiftyone.com/cl...
by Ruud
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY
Replies: 15
Views: 3876

Re: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY

I agree 100% I like Peruvian food well enough, but I can think of at least a dozen other cuisines that blow it out of the water. Wow... A dozen? Which ones? Either I am missing out on some good cookin, or you are stretching it a little. My own favorites are Thai, Chinese, Turkish and French.. but I...
by Ruud
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:20 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY
Replies: 15
Views: 3876

Re: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-09/acurio-s-5-5-million-la-mar-serves-bland-ceviche-ryan-sutton.html One of the comments at the article reflects my opinion and observation best: "Charles Kaley Peruvians are taught to be nationalistic by their media. They are constantly bombarded by th...
by Ruud
Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Computer Parts to Tarapoto
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Re: Shipping Computer Parts to Tarapoto

If the value including shipping, stays under USD 100 you can ship to you personally. Is it still the US$ 100? I thought they increased the value of a shipment to US$ 200 a while back. I remember too seen it mentioned here. Could not trace it in a thread, neither could I find it at the Sunat site. A...
by Ruud
Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Computer Parts to Tarapoto
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Re: Shipping Computer Parts to Tarapoto

If you wan to avoid held ups at customs and extra costs, ship with USPS certified mail. (For horror stories about DHL, FEDEX or UPS, search the expatperu forum.) If the value including shipping, stays under USD 100 you can ship to you personally. When over USD 100 it is better to ship to your tech g...
by Ruud
Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Chase Bank Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 4439

Re: Chase Bank Cards

I suppose you are talking about the max of 500 USD a day. You can take that amount (or 1500 soles) at once at Banco de la Nacion. So it wil cost you $5 instead of the mentioned $15. I believe it was $5per use. So to take out the max of 500 a day it'll cost you $15. I think that is right for an atm c...
by Ruud
Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My Money
Replies: 12
Views: 2805

Re: My Money

I have mentioned it before, at the ATM of Banco de la Nacion the limit you can withdraw at one time is 1500 soles or the equivalent in USD. In that way you can save 66% of your fees. Ruud Bring with you $9,999 as that is the limit you can enter with. The ATM fees are getting our of hand here, we pay...
by Ruud
Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inexpensive Vitamins - Where should I Look?
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Re: Inexpensive Vitamins - Where should I Look?

There is one group of vitamins that is available and cheap. It is vitamin B complex.
Just ask for Complejo B.

I get them in a blister of 10 capsules from the brand Cofana. The company is Corporacion Medco s.a.c.

Probably many more local brands sell vitamin B complex.

Ruud
by Ruud
Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: land invaded by squatters
Replies: 12
Views: 2824

Re: land invaded by squatters

Hmm, I feel the need to shine some light form a different angle on this matter. First of all, the plot is not from 1 owner, but at least from 2 and probably 3. 1 lot is from a local company and 1 lot is from a foreigner (probably French) who hasn't shown up for several years and didn't pay property ...
by Ruud
Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TIN and CCI
Replies: 2
Views: 10370

TIN and CCI

By accident I bumped into the website http://www.tin.com.pe/ some weeks ago. After reading I understood that all Peruvian bank account numbers are going to be standardized. The same way they have done it in Europe, by preceding you existing account number with unique bank codes. In Europe this stand...
by Ruud
Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: getting money to myself
Replies: 3
Views: 1136

Re: getting money to myself

What problem do you (and Kelly) make about 'the' SWIFT code? There is no such thing as 'the' SWIFT code. A SWIFT code is simply an unique address of a certain bank. Go to the website of BOA and search for 'international wire'. Read. Outging funds in USD will cost $ 45. Don't get confused by the stor...
by Ruud
Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Brit needing advice on how to register a marriage
Replies: 5
Views: 1445

Re: Brit needing advice on how to register a marriage

As usual, your comment should be read with a teaspoon of salt. Under EU law, your wife is allowed to join you in all European countries, except in your home country. For your home country there can be additional requirements as you can read in the link you mentioned. Every country has different rule...
by Ruud
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Euroman
Replies: 9
Views: 3063

Re: Euroman

I didn't know Euroman is banned. Why is that?
by Ruud
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: new to tarapoto
Replies: 4
Views: 1175

Re: new to tarapoto

During the day, best change to bump into expats would be "Placa Cafe" across INKA Farma at the Placa de Armas. During weekdays at night you can try bar Stone Wassy. You will not find me at that place because music is loud and they play 30 years old outdated rock. Gringos seem to like is an...
by Ruud
Mon May 30, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Going into business with a Taxi driver
Replies: 20
Views: 12864

Re: Going into business with a Taxi driver

You as a native speaker know very well that going in to business has several meanings. What is that suppose to mean, starting an NGO? From the calculation there where nor gifts involved nor was there any taking of not for profit. I don't know how you run your businesses, but I could think of a very ...
by Ruud
Sun May 29, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Going into business with a Taxi driver
Replies: 20
Views: 12864

Re: Going into business with a Taxi driver

Are you talking about the gringo or the cab driver? If talking about the gringo, I didn't have the impression he wants the build a taxi rental business. If talking about the cab driver. Obviously he is not an entrepreneur, otherwise he wouldn't have been driving all his live, but renting out. Someth...

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