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Shipping to Caribbean via Tropical Shipping

By doina — last modified Nov 06, 2006 11:53 AM

Published: 2006-11-06 11:53:23
Topics: Global Yachting Services

An easy but somewhat complicated process, had I known more at beginning it would have helped. I trailered a 2000# box to the Tropical Shipping Terminal at New Jersey, everything went well, but I should have asked more questions ahead.

What I learned: Household goods cannot be insured. New goods in the crate with household goods cannot either. However... freight pricing is not by box but first by cubic foot, second by weight, so I could have shipped separately for about same cost and the new goods would have been insured. There is additional insurance that can be purchased, but it covers only fire or the ship sinking, which has never happened at Tropical.

My crate was about 5'X7'6"X 3'6" high, 125 cu ft, cost was about $150 for them to truck ship NJ to FL, then about $450 to ship to St Thomas. St Thomas is duty free to US products, so no paperwork needed to be prepared. Goods dropped at New Jersey by Thurs noon will be in St Thomas about 10 days later, goods dropped at Riviera Beach, FL go 2X weekly on a 3 day sail.

Tropical ships to Bahamas and many Caribbean locations, I used them once before to ship an outboard motor. (The cost for shipping the outboard was $115 from FL-Tortola, however, it was in a larger box than necessary.) Each time the Tropical staff was unusually nice to deal with.

Lee Haefele, S/V Alesto 2

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