text: Alexandra Sailer
photos: Sailer Images (Steffen and Alexandra Sailer)
Our beloved Defender 110 arrived three weeks later than promised, and sat for nearly another week on a wharf waiting to get into the quarantine area. Depressed and angry, we almost decided to have the Rover’s container loaded on a ship straight to Los Angeles, when the express agent finally called. On May 16, we finally could meet customs and quarantine officers at the quarantine depot to have the Landy cleared—if there weren’t a bunch of flies coming out, that is…. As we arrived, we couldn’t believe our eyes. This was a quarantine depot? It looked like a totally open area. The Landy sat out of its container coated in a thick layer of dust! It turned out the very nice customs officer paid far more attention to the Landy itself than the dirt (once again). Happy not to find foreign soil in any of the critical places, the agent released our Land Rover. Still, yet another missing piece of paper delayed us; our express agent hemmed and hawed, and finally, we drove off with the Rover. Cross this “custom service” off our recommendation list!
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