Thinking about alternatives, but don't know if any of them are reasonable, feasible or legal. They are:
1. Does Belize have a free trade agreement with Mexico yet?
2. If not, are duties lower than they are bringing items in from the US???
3. Are stores in Chetumal bare of supplies due to their own hurricane impact? I recall that Chetumal has some stores that are similar to Costco and Home Depot and they are full of practical things. I also know that there is a lot of building going on there and probably many sources of tools, construction equipment and supplies, etc.
4. If indeed the shelves are not bare, and duty is either non existent or lower there, perhaps delegations could be dispatched to make big shopping trips and drive the stuff in trucks to Corozal and arrange to bring it over on barges or boats?
5. Given the slowness of government, might it still be possible to set up a quick non profit and rent space in the Free Trade Zone and funnel relief and rebuilding supplies through there? I don't know anything about the FTZ but I did hear that items purchased there are duty free.
6. Or, if setting up a quick nonprofit (or renting space for an existing tax exempt non profit, if indeed there are any in Belize or such a concept exists in Belize, are there businesses already operating there that might allow goods to be purchased through them for a fee that is lower than customs duties? Is that legal?
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