Just Married!

Mazal Tov!  Mazal Tov!

Here’s the latest couple we were able to help with our Chuppah & Aliyah program.

“Shipping a container overseas is no small task and our situation was complicated by the fact that we had to ship our things from Canada but were not living there anymore. What could have been a very stressful move was made a breeze thanks to Aliyah Lift Shipping.  Yitzhak explained the entire process very clearly and was always available to answer all the questions we had.  He also gave us regular updates on the progress of our shipment.  The companies he chose to work with in Canada and upon arrival in Israel were both very professional and competent.  The cost of the shipment was clearly laid out from the beginning – the contract states very clearly what’s included in the price and what’s not, so you know exactly what to expect.  No hidden fees and no unpleasant surprise.  We highly recommend Aliyah Lift Shipping!”

 

Container Port Storage

With a standard 20′ or 40′ container shipment you are only allowed 4 days of free storage at the port in Israel, however, most deliveries are completed in 5-7 days….

What’s this mean, what does it cost and who’s to blame? 

Unfortunately, it means there will be a few days of storage to pay for.  We advise in our proposals to budget $150 for a 20′ container and $250 for a 40′ container for the few days of port storage.

Nobody’s to blame, it’s just a matter of procedures and timing.

For example, if a container arrives on Tuesday (or later in the week) it’s highly probable delivery will be the next week since it’s not possible to complete the required administrative / operational procedures (like Israeli Custom review) by Wednesday before noon to set up a delivery on Thursday.  Friday and Shabbat are days off.

However, if the container arrives on Sunday or Monday, then it’s very likely the delivery will be that week.

Everybody in the system is working hard to deliver container shipments ASAP, that’s for sure!

(FYI, the ports charge for storage on Shabbat, holidays and even Yom Kippur.)

 

Maple Syrup in Israel

A couple years ago we helped some great olim (and personal friends) launch their dream of selling maple syrup in Israel.  You can find delicious recipes and how to order your own maple syrup here > Maple Syrup in Israel

Here’s a few pictures from today’s delivery.

Two super-protected pallets of delicious maple syrup.

Since the delivery truck didn’t come with a pallet jack and lift-gate all the boxes had to be hand unloaded.

And all this took place under the watchful eye of this handsome fellow.

 

Bonus!  Bonus! Bonus!

Here’s one of our favorite recipes for Real Maple Syrup.

Sauteed Maple Syrup Apples

The tart apples and sweet, rich maple flavor are a great combination – what a treat!

Untanneh Tokef & Shipping

untenneh-tokef

You might wonder…

What does the famous prayer Untanneh Tokef  have to do with shipping?

 

The idea struck me earlier this year, that shipping is a lot like the very moving part of Untanneh Tokef.  Just like in Untanneh Tokef  there’s a list of circumstances effecting man and his future, shipping too can have other-then-anticipated results.

So, with this in mind, I thought to myself, “who will have damages and who will not, who will have issues with timing and who will not, who will have delivery problems (like long haul carry / goods that can’t fit in an elevator) and who will not, and who will have completely unforeseen experiences while others have a smooth move from door to door.

The painful part about this speculation was that all our customers are really great people and I want them to have only the best experience.  I understand that G-d is in complete control of our shipments, and that everything is for the best, but still….

The good news is, since the beginning of the year we shipped about 37,000 cubic feet of goods with very, very minimal damages.  Summer shipments went out weekly or biweekly and the little bumps in the road were smoothed out as they came along.

Overall, we are very, very happy and grateful for this years shipments and to be part of so many wonderful people’s lives.

May we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life!