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Lessons Learned in Shipping ICT to Africa: LCD's are TV's and Keyboards are Musical Instruments

At Inveneo, we've learned the hard way that getting information and communication technology equipment to different countries in Africa can be a challenge, but even we are surprised some days. Here's an email we received from one of our Inveneo Certified ICT Partners about a recent shipment of computers:

How to Ship Computer Technology Equipment to Africa

If you want to send computers or other technology hardware to Africa, how do you do it? You can't just walk down the to Post Office and put a stamp on the outside of the computer box and mail it to Nigeria. Okay, so you could, but you'd have many problems.

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First, your package might make it to a regional post office in the country, but it would take ages and when it arrived, the recipient would have to pay whatever customs and duties the local postmaster thought was due on the equipment. That might work for a random present, but isn't the best way to ship equipment to Africa.

How to Ship Computer Technology Equipment to Africa

If you want to send computers or other technology hardware to Africa, how do you do it? You can't just walk down the to Post Office and put a stamp on the outside of the computer box and mail it to Nigeria. Okay, so you could, but you'd have many problems.

tweetmeme_source = 'ICT_works'; Share

First, your package might make it to a regional post office in the country, but it would take ages and when it arrived, the recipient would have to pay whatever customs and duties the local postmaster thought was due on the equipment. That might work for a random present, but isn't the best way to ship equipment to Africa.

How to Ship Computer Technology Equipment to Africa

If you want to send computers or other technology hardware to Africa, how do you do it? You can't just walk down the to Post Office and put a stamp on the outside of the computer box and mail it to Nigeria. Okay, so you could, but you'd have many problems.

tweetmeme_source = 'ICT_works'; Share

First, your package might make it to a regional post office in the country, but it would take ages and when it arrived, the recipient would have to pay whatever customs and duties the local postmaster thought was due on the equipment. That might work for a random present, but isn't the best way to ship equipment to Africa.

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