Thursday, May 2, 2013

Annie is finishing her MTC experience and flying to Suva, Fiji Saturday, May 4th! I have posted the address of the mission home in Suva which is the best place to send letters and packages until she can notify us of her actual living address in Fiji.  Her email will remain the same though-out her mission, and "Dear Elder" is still available but will no longer be free at the Fiji address.  There are limitations to what can be sent to her in Fiji.  The following is the mission home recommendation for packages to Fiji:

Our missionaries are thrilled to receive letters and packages from home.  Such signs of love mean alot to every missionary.  However, please be aware of some mailing issues that will help you be successful in sending these valued packages. We have excellent supplies of meats, dairy and of course wonderful fruits and vegetables, packages from home should be special items of love and fun, not basic foods. Clothing, food products and merchandise should be sent directly to the mission home address.  However  "dutiable" merchandise often does not reach it's intended destination. Packages are opened at the time of arrival by Fijian Customs Officers for inspection and a fee may be charged to the missionary based on it's contents.  For small amounts of food or supplies the fee will be nominal. DO NOT SEND any meat products, not even jerky or ramen; any dairy products, not even  boxed mac and cheese; high priced items such as cameras etc;  multiple articles of one type of clothing (these may confused as being brought into the country for resale).  Take off all tags.  Label the package as "missionary supplies".   Small packages of nominal value should be sent through the US Postal Service.  Merchandise sent through a commercial carrier is extremely expensive and may be subject to higher customs.

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