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Actual cost to ship boxes of household goods to STX  

 

Mya79
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May 22, 2017 4:34 pm  

Good day, STX!

I've searched the forum and come up empty... Wondering if people who have moved in the last year could give me an actual cost (or close estimate) to ship a standard moving box, and on which carrier. I wouldn't be bringing a ton of stuff but it's more than I can check on the plane or fit in the largest of those flat-rate USPS boxes. I assume I'll have maybe 8-10 boxes at most.

I'd be moving from NYC, if that helps. I just need SOMEthing to help me decide what items should come with me and which would cost more to ship than their new-purchase value when I get there.

Thank you!


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May 22, 2017 4:42 pm  

Go to the USPS website to calculate the cost of shipping a box. Enter in your current zip and the zip for STX, then enter the box size and weight and it will calculate the cost for you. I shipped about 15 boxes to STT. Some were media mail and the others were not.

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May 22, 2017 4:46 pm  

. Some were media mail and the others were not.

Good Luck

Can you post how long the 'media mail' packages took to arrive? Thanks.


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May 22, 2017 4:58 pm  

I don't recall how long the media mail boxes took, but it wasn't that far off the other boxes. Sorry but that's all I remember. I should have kept better records but things got pretty hectic near the end.


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Mya79
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May 22, 2017 6:02 pm  

Thanks. I did that. It was not cheap. Seemed like ocean freight for a load of boxes might be cheaper?


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May 22, 2017 6:12 pm  

Check with Paradise Freight, VI Cargo, can't remember the others. Google them.


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May 22, 2017 6:33 pm  

In 2013 we shipped about 20 boxes, a full 4x4x4 pallet, with International Logistics, cost $440.00 from Miami.


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May 23, 2017 1:50 am  

VI Cargo
Paradise Freight
International Logistics Solutions

Some of these might pickup from where you are otherwise you have to ship your stuff to them in Florida and they ship from Florida to STX. Call these folks to get the details and estimates.


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Mya79
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May 23, 2017 12:35 pm  

Thank you, everyone!


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Mya79
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May 23, 2017 12:42 pm  

In 2013 we shipped about 20 boxes, a full 4x4x4 pallet, with International Logistics, cost $440.00 from Miami.

Thanks you -- really appreciate the actual numbers!


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May 23, 2017 1:10 pm  

We've gone back and forth a few times, and each time have flown first class...reason being...you get to check 3 large bags at no charge, plus the usual carry on and personal item. There were two of us, so that's a total of 8 bags (actually 7 for us because my carry on is a cat). More than enough for our needs. I went to the thrift stores to find the largest suitcases I could find for about $10 a piece, or so.

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May 23, 2017 1:18 pm  

In the NYC area I would suggest going to the Tropical Shipping location in Kearny, NJ. It's easy to get to and a simple process. They give you a pallet, you stack your boxes on it, and they wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap. You pay by volume. We shipped two pallets stacked to the maximum allowable height, (which was around six or seven feet) and it cost us about $1000.

You'll save some money dealing with the shipping company directly and it isn't hard on either end. Especially with only 8-10 boxes.


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May 23, 2017 6:18 pm  

We've gone back and forth a few times, and each time have flown first class...reason being...you get to check 3 large bags at no charge, plus the usual carry on and personal item. There were two of us, so that's a total of 8 bags (actually 7 for us because my carry on is a cat). More than enough for our needs. I went to the thrift stores to find the largest suitcases I could find for about $10 a piece, or so.

GREAT advice -- that's how I did it when I came for season this last year. (Though I thought it was two checked up to 70 lbs?) Either way, I can do that for soft goods and small stuff, for sure. But I was thinking I would want to bring some household things (like my fancy blender) that would be a little awkward to pack.... though maybe not impossible. Food for thought.


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May 23, 2017 6:18 pm  

In the NYC area I would suggest going to the Tropical Shipping location in Kearny, NJ. It's easy to get to and a simple process. They give you a pallet, you stack your boxes on it, and they wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap. You pay by volume. We shipped two pallets stacked to the maximum allowable height, (which was around six or seven feet) and it cost us about $1000.

You'll save some money dealing with the shipping company directly and it isn't hard on either end. Especially with only 8-10 boxes.

I'll check it out! I think there's another that goes out of actual NYC, too. Blue Ocean?


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May 23, 2017 10:25 pm  

Keep in mind you may have to pay duties on the value of the items shipped by ocean freight.

While you are also supposed to voluntarily report and pay the same duties on a shipment by Priority Mail I'm not sure many people do.


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May 23, 2017 10:30 pm  

Keep in mind you may have to pay duties on the value of the items shipped by ocean freight.

While you are also supposed to voluntarily report and pay the same duties on a shipment by Priority Mail I'm not sure many people do.

Oh right - hadn't thought of that. USPS for the win! 😉


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May 24, 2017 2:49 am  

American changed their rules last year, First/Business Class only gets up to two included checked bags and they don't charge for overweight 50-70lbs. USPS is the best deal for a small number of boxes up to 70lbs. Paradise had a special rate for certain size/weight below a particular threshold. Blue Ocean Transport has receiving warehouses in just about every state saving on the initial cost of getting it to them and they will also pickup. The freight companies will clear your shipment through customs and take care of any duty (of course you get charged for that)


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May 24, 2017 11:22 am  

American changed their rules last year, First/Business Class only gets up to two included checked bags and they don't charge for overweight 50-70lbs. USPS is the best deal for a small number of boxes up to 70lbs. Paradise had a special rate for certain size/weight below a particular threshold. Blue Ocean Transport has receiving warehouses in just about every state saving on the initial cost of getting it to them and they will also pickup. The freight companies will clear your shipment through customs and take care of any duty (of course you get charged for that)

Awesome info -- thank you! Once I have everything packed (haha) and know exactly what I have, I will call Paradise and Blue Ocean and ask if they can beat the USPS's price.


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May 24, 2017 11:38 am  

We've gone back and forth a few times, and each time have flown first class...reason being...you get to check 3 large bags at no charge, plus the usual carry on and personal item. There were two of us, so that's a total of 8 bags (actually 7 for us because my carry on is a cat). More than enough for our needs. I went to the thrift stores to find the largest suitcases I could find for about $10 a piece, or so.

GREAT advice -- that's how I did it when I came for season this last year. (Though I thought it was two checked up to 70 lbs?) Either way, I can do that for soft goods and small stuff, for sure. But I was thinking I would want to bring some household things (like my fancy blender) that would be a little awkward to pack.... though maybe not impossible. Food for thought.

I packed my juicer and my nutri-bullet, pots pans, etc....even my Kuerig, which was quite a challenge, since you can't get all the water out. I marked the bags as fragile, too.

Juanita


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