U.S. Customs delays opening of scooter rental company

Publish Date: 
Jun 4, 2012

Customs issues have delayed the delivery of a fleet of electric scooters to a new rental business in Newburyport, Mass., and that’s causing problems for other businesses who bought advertising on the vehicles.

Motoretta LLC owners Leon and Meaghan Gibbs say they’ll provide a green alternative for residents and tourists visiting the area – once the U.S. Customs Authority in Boston releases the 32 scooters from China.

"We are now at the mercy of U.S. Customs Authority and union dock workers," Meaghan Gibbs told the Newburyport News. "There's a lot of work going on behind the scenes."

The company’s business model includes revenue from renting scooters as well as from mobile advertising sold to other local businesses. Those businesses, including a local farm, a restaurant and others, expected their ads to be rolling through town by Memorial Day.

Gibbs says the electric scooters, which were adapted to fit a 110-volt battery, were shipped from Asia.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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