Latest shipping Update! In LA on the way to Chicago today!
Hi Nika Backers--
Our container with Nika aboard was "selected" randomly by US Customs in Long Beach for x-rays and, as it turned out, for a physical inspection as well. We have heard word this morning that it passed inspection, and that it should be on its way (by rails) to Chicago later today. I think that it is instructive and important that you all know that this random inspection cost us a total of an extra $1,478.29 (as well as lost time of 4-5 days). This was certainly NOT $1500 extra dollars we planned to spend on shipping this product to you. But you can see how little control of this whole shipping business we have -- much of the time. So when, in the future, we have Kickstarter-specific or other general discussions about the costs of shipping, and how expensive and unpredictable they can be, please remember this incident and allow me to remind you of it as well. Thanks.
What this should mean, again barring anything else unforeseen (like weather issues, for instance), or damage just caused by this extra inspection (as painful as that would be!), this container should arrive in Chicago in about one week and then it must be palletized, and trucked to our warehouse in Kentucky (another 2-3 days). We then need another two days of turnaround there and then shipping will start out to those of you in the US. So we still do expect to see shipping to you take place in August--but barely!
For those of you in the EU, that container has been delayed in the Rotterdam harbor for nearly three weeks now by NL Customs. We are unable (as is our NL warehouse) to determine why there is such a delay but all we can do is to tell you that we will get it into the NL warehouse ASAP and shipped it out to you ASAP after that! Our hands are tied! Sorry.
The Australia pallets with TTA on them should go out to Australia within two weeks, take two weeks to get to Melbourne and be sent out shortly after that!
Thanks for your considerable patience and support -- Rick Soued for Eagle Games