Families of Kerala expats continue to wait for cargo shipments since 2020

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Kannur: Families of Kerala expats, mainly of those in Gulf countries have been waiting for a long time to get cargo shipments sent by their loved ones. From baby dresses to toys, there are families in Kannur among many others in Kerala who are waiting for the shipments for over 10 months. The long delay is mostly seen in shipments done during the Covid-19 crisis, specifically the period between November 15 2020 to December 15 2020. Notably, those who sent items through cargo after this period have received their shipments.

The shipments include items like milk powder, biscuits and other eatables, toys and baby dresses. When the individuals approach cargo agencies they are only receiving the standard reply that the shipment will be delivered soon. However, many people share a concern that items they sent through cargo would have been perished and unusable by now.

Sreenath who lives in Kannur had sent a shipment weighing 200 kg from UAE in mid-December 2020. He sent the parcel while he was returning to Kerala due to the Covid-19 crisis. Though he reached Kannur within two days, he has not received the shipment yet. He is planning to return to UAE by this month but is confused over the delivery of the shipment. Kuthuparamba native Manu Joseph and Kannadiparambu native Leenish of Kannur are facing similar situations.

Meanwhile, Ernakulam North Paravoor native Denny M Soman who lost all hope thinks that there is no point in waiting. He who had sent a shipment weighing 200kg in two lots in December 2020 has not yet received them. It included baby dresses.

According to the authorities dealing with cargo and courier services, the long waiting period is due to the delay in the approval process happening in Bengaluru. They also claim that shipments will be delivered within this month. However, airport authorities inform that usually there will not be any issues in the transit of the packages. Amid this differing information, the families of the expats are continuing to wait for the parcel.

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