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Old 07-29-2015, 06:18 PM
 
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Hello,

My wife and I entered in a contract with a moving company in Turkey, back when we were living there. We shipped all our things through them to the US, where we are now located.
One of their local partners here in the US (different company) took care of the delivery. This company, who we did not ever sign any paperwork with, is now asking us for extra fees based on exclusions written in the contract we signed back in Turkey with the Turkish company.

1- Is there any legal basis for the US company to make any kind of financial claim to us, when we didn't hire them directly in the first place, and not even in the same country?
2- What can their debt collectors do? Can they affect the credit history of my wife who is American?

If you can shed any light on this issue it would be of great help. As of now we feel we feel we are stuck in between these two companies' unethical behaviors.

Daniel

Last edited by sojacalcium; 07-29-2015 at 06:27 PM..
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Old 07-29-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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No but your contract is with the company in Turkey. You need legal advice.
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:30 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Take a look at A Guide to International Shipping - MovingScam.com

Does Item#9 fit your situation ?
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:50 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies and sorry for the delay in mine: Yes, "Item #9" fits our situation.

I could go into the details of what we are being charged for, and why are we disputing it, but my questions are actually orthogonal to this. The "big picture" is that I'm basically wondering if a US company can engage a collection process (and succeed) with a US resident that has entered into a contract with ANOTHER company in ANOTHER country.

Hope that clarifies the issue. I look forward to your advice!
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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I worked for an international company (All Cargo Vancouver) that specialized in personal moving all over the world.
Usually if there were add on costs we agreed upon delivery; after the client is in possession of their goods there is little we can do. And since you didn't sign anything I would suggest this is very negotiable with this companies office people. You can't sue for a service, nor can you make a credit report, but I'd be careful. The moment you tell them you're new to town, and will look for legal advice in a nice way, I would think you'd come to some kind of agreement.

If not, by all means let the Turkish company you dealt with know you dealing with clowns at the other end of the delivery.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:23 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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You should contact the Federal Maritime Commission's Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services (CADRS) at the number on the bottom of this webpage.

http://www.fmc.gov/assets/1/Page/FMC...hold_Goods.pdf
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