The May shipment package container arrived at the port of Riga on July 10, delayed due to port-related strikes in Europe that have affected vessel schedules and container loading. Our Riga office, however, was able to clear customs the following day, and deliveries began on the evening of July 11.
The BOOK shipment to institutions- schools and libraries that we collected in March-April 2017 cleared customs on June 2, and is being distributed to designated addresses. Books collected during May-June 2017 are scheduled to arrive in Riga the first part of August.
Our next package 2017 shipment collection will be end of August- beginning of September, from East-Coast collection points. The Christmas shipment collection is scheduled for mid-Oct to the first weekend in November, from all points in the US.
Guidelines: Please note that in order for your parcel to be sent as a small package, which includes customs clearance and delivery, it must comply with the the small package guidelines:1)value of the contents of all packages must be designated in EUROs; 2) The total value of merchandise that an individual may receive duty-free is 45 euro, 3) Please limit contents to a max. of 3 items per commodity, ( ie: 3 used girls' sweaters, 2 used womens' sweaters) please limit package weight to under 35 lbs; declare all items.If you have any questions please call prior to packing and we will gladly assist you!
Exchange rate: 45 euro = $51. ( $ x .88 = euro) (July, 2017)
If you have Latvian books you would like to send to Latvia, but no recipient in mind, we suggest "Otrā elpa" in Riga - an organization modeled on "Goodwill" industry, whereby proceeds from all sales are donated to charities.
If mailing packages directly to our warehouse, please address packages:
Your name, Package registration number
c/o Latvian American Shipping Line,
84 Harbor Drive,
Jersey City, NJ 07305.
We suggest that you also call to notify us, so that we know to look for the parcels. \
The next collection of packages will be for Christmas 2017, and will take place at our collection points from mid-October thru the first weekend in November.
September 2017 PACKAGE SHIPMENT SCHEDULE: East Coast:
Boston, MA:Latvian Ev. Luth. Church, 58 Irving St, Brookline,MA: August collection date to be announced!
Catskills: Rota, Elka Park, NY: Saturday, August 19 during "3x3".
Philadelphia, PA: St. Johns Latvian Ev. Luth. Church, 301 N. Newtown St Rd., Newtown Sq, PA:
Saturday, September 9 @ 1pm.
East Brunswick, NJ: New Brunswick & Lakewood Ev Luth Church, 12 Gates Ave, East Brunswick, NJ: Saturday,September 9 @ 11 am.
Lancaster: please call!
Yonkers, NY: New York Latvian Ev Luth Church, 254 Valentine Ave, Yonkers, NY 10705: Saturday, August 26 @12:30 pm.
Manchester, CT: Spring and Garden Street (21 Garden St): Please call to schedule!
Poughkeepsie,NY: 2 Merry Hill Rd, Poughkeepsie:
Sunday, August 27 from 9-10 am
Priedaine: New Jersey Latvian Society, Freehold, NJ: Saturday, August 19 @9am, before the Kursa games
Rochester: 130 Ellingwood Drive, Rochester, NY:
Please call! We may pickup in October of 2017.
Long Island/Sala: Latvian Lutheran Church - 4 Riga Lane, Melville, NY:
Saturday, August 26 from 9-10 am
Washington, DC: Latvian Luth Church, rear-parking lot: 400 Hurley Ave, Rockville, MD:
Sunday, September 10 from 9:30-10:45 am.
Wilmington, DE: Baidins residence: 1104 Windon Drive, Wilmington DE:
Saturday, September 9 @2:30 pm
SOUTH and MIDWEST collection points for Christmas shipment: October 2017:
Atlanta: drop-off by .
St Petersburg, FL: Latvian Center: 17905 9th Ave, N, St Petersburg, FL:
See you in the Fall, 2017!
Indianapolis: Latvian Center: 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN:
Monday, @ 6 pm
Chicago#1: St Peter's Latvian Congregation: 450 Forest Preserve Drive, Wood Dale, IL:
Wednesday, @ 1 pm
(if LASL driver is delayed, please call NJ office!)
Chicago#2: Addison/Ashland St intersection: Friday,@ approx 8-9 pm:Please contact us!
Milwaukee, WI: Latvian Lutheran Church: 1853 N 75th St, Milwaukee, WI:
Wednesday, @ 5 pm
Minneapolis: Latvian Lutheran Church 3152 17th Ave, Minneapolis, MN: Thursday, at 12 noon
DesMoines, IA: Friday, early afternoon: please call!
"Latvijas Ciems": 10740 Kurzeme Rd, Three Rivers, MI:
Saturday, @11 am
Kalamazoo: Latvian Center: 100 Cherry Hill Dr, Kalamazoo, MI:
Saturday, @ 12 noon
Detroit: Latvian Lutheran Church: 30623 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI:
Saturday, @ 5pm
Cleveland, OH: Latvian Lutheran Church: 1385 Andrews Ave, Lakewood, OH:
Sunday, @ 9-9:30 am
WESTERN US collection points:
San Francisco: 1563 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501: Saturday, from 1-4 pm.
Los Angeles: Latvian Center: 1955 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA: Sunday, from 9-9:45 am; please call Sanita if planning to drop off packages!
Portland: Latvian Center: 5500 Dosch Rd, Portland, OR: please call!
Seattle: Latvian Center: 11710 3rd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98175: please call!
If sending your package to us via UPS, please ensure that it reaches us by Friday, May 19.
Please call about PERSONAL PACKAGE REGULATIONS: 45euro/ recipient is max package value per package to be duty free, and for your package to be accepted as a PERSONAL PACKAGE! All values must be designated in EUROs.
July 23, 2017
45 EUR = 52.4745 USD
1 USD = 0.857 EUR