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TommySTX
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Good morning all,

I was looking to find someone who has knowledge of the approximate price to ship a 20' container from STX to Port Everglades port.  What company may be best?  Will they drop a container at a house in STX and then deliver to port here to be shipped to Florida?  I have some emails out to a couple different companies but responses are slow. 

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TommySTX
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Thanks for the responses.  I've talked to Bob Lynch and they are putting together a quote for me.  I've emailed with Blue Ocean and Crowley but no real response from them on the actual logistics and pricing.

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Posted by: TommySTX

Thanks for the responses.  I've talked to Bob Lynch and they are putting together a quote for me.  I've emailed with Blue Ocean and Crowley but no real response from them on the actual logistics and pricing.

Try Fleming's Transport. 

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Gator's Mom
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If you purchase a 20' container to move to STX - you will be able to sell it on the island for $1,000+ more than what you purchased it for in the states (though I'm in FL so there are lots of containers available so prices are reasonable).  

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Posted by: Gator's Mom

If you purchase a 20' container to move to STX - you will be able to sell it on the island for $1,000+ more than what you purchased it for in the states (though I'm in FL so there are lots of containers available so prices are reasonable).  

Thanks! I will look into that. I'm sure there are plenty of containers in NY. 

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Have you tried AirBnB or VRBO?  Some of the short-term rentals there would be open to long-term renting if the price is right.

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Fishbait
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Reviving this post, hope no one minds.... Does anyone know about how much a 20' "high cube" (9 1/2 feet tall) container would sell for on STX?  I'm sending out requests for quotes to purchase it in NY.  We have friends who will buy it back from us in STX. We're ok with selling it for what we paid for it, but don't want to overpay on the NY side. 

Thanks! 

 

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Some containers can be shipped only one time.  These are less expensive to purchase on the mainland and are the one's you see sitting around the island. 

Others of higher quality can be shipped multiple times. We paid $1700 for one of these 20' containers in FL. We anticipate selling it for about double that on STX.

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Posted by: Gator's Mom

Some containers can be shipped only one time.  These are less expensive to purchase on the mainland and are the one's you see sitting around the island. 

Others of higher quality can be shipped multiple times. We paid $1700 for one of these 20' containers in FL. We anticipate selling it for about double that on STX.

Yes this is the kind of thing I am seeing on eBay, used containers areound $1700. Apparently the container needs to have a "survey" in order to be able to be ocean shipped at all. I'm a bit nervous about who to buy from. 

I'm also unsure if we will be able to have one left on the ground in NY for us to load over a period of days or weeks. How would the freight forwarder pick it up without a crane?  

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Posted by: Gator's Mom

Some containers can be shipped only one time.  These are less expensive to purchase on the mainland and are the one's you see sitting around the island. 

Others of higher quality can be shipped multiple times. We paid $1700 for one of these 20' containers in FL. We anticipate selling it for about double that on STX.

Yes this is the kind of thing I am seeing on eBay, used containers areound $1700. Apparently the container needs to have a "survey" in order to be able to be ocean shipped at all. I'm a bit nervous about who to buy from. 

I'm also unsure if we will be able to have one left on the ground in NY for us to load over a period of days or weeks. How would the freight forwarder pick it up without a crane?  

I suggest you purchase your container from a company that sells and surveys containers. That company will provide the necessary paperwork proving seaworthiness for your shipping company. We moved the stuff we shipped to a storage facility and then loaded our container there.

And, yes, we hired a crane to load the container onto a flatbed truck we hired to deliver the container to Miami for shipping by Crowley.  We worked directly with Crowley - we expedited all the steps ourselves.  All in, we paid @$7,000 and we'll get part of that back when we finally sell our container. 

1. Purchased container

2. had container delivered to loading site

3. moved our personal belongings to loading site

4. completed inventory of all items to be shipped along with receipts for new large-ticket items (for customs). We counted boxes and simply labeled each box (think 3 boxes used kitchen items) for the inventory 

5. arranged with Crowley for space on a boat. Corresponded with Crowley representatives by email.

6. loaded belongings into the container ourselves

7. hired crane to lift container onto flatbed

8. hired flatbed truck to deliver to Crowley dock

9. shipped to STX 

10. arranged to have container delivered to our property on STX

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Posted by: Gator's Mom
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Posted by: Gator's Mom

Some containers can be shipped only one time.  These are less expensive to purchase on the mainland and are the one's you see sitting around the island. 

Others of higher quality can be shipped multiple times. We paid $1700 for one of these 20' containers in FL. We anticipate selling it for about double that on STX.

Yes this is the kind of thing I am seeing on eBay, used containers areound $1700. Apparently the container needs to have a "survey" in order to be able to be ocean shipped at all. I'm a bit nervous about who to buy from. 

I'm also unsure if we will be able to have one left on the ground in NY for us to load over a period of days or weeks. How would the freight forwarder pick it up without a crane?  

I suggest you purchase your container from a company that sells and surveys containers. That company will provide the necessary paperwork proving seaworthiness for your shipping company. We moved the stuff we shipped to a storage facility and then loaded our container there.

And, yes, we hired a crane to load the container onto a flatbed truck we hired to deliver the container to Miami for shipping by Crowley.  We worked directly with Crowley - we expedited all the steps ourselves.  All in, we paid @$7,000 and we'll get part of that back when we finally sell our container. 

1. Purchased container

2. had container delivered to loading site

3. moved our personal belongings to loading site

4. completed inventory of all items to be shipped along with receipts for new large-ticket items (for customs). We counted boxes and simply labeled each box (think 3 boxes used kitchen items) for the inventory 

5. arranged with Crowley for space on a boat. Corresponded with Crowley representatives by email.

6. loaded belongings into the container ourselves

7. hired crane to lift container onto flatbed

8. hired flatbed truck to deliver to Crowley dock

9. shipped to STX 

10. arranged to have container delivered to our property on STX

Thank you! This is really helpful. Crowley is on our list of people to call for quotes. We have friends who will gladly take our container for what we pay for it in NY. 

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Hello and thanks for sharing!  My wife and I are just now attempting to move our household items from the Teton Mountains of Idaho/Wyoming to St Croix and transportation is proving to be quite a challenge.  After settling on many of the same steps you've listed, I am curious, did you pack in large cardboard containers like those sold at UPS etc.. or instead utilize plastic totes and also, once the 20' container is unloaded on the island, who did you contract with to deliver it to your homesite?

Many thanks!

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Posted by: Darkmuse

Hello and thanks for sharing!  My wife and I are just now attempting to move our household items from the Teton Mountains of Idaho/Wyoming to St Croix and transportation is proving to be quite a challenge.  After settling on many of the same steps you've listed, I am curious, did you pack in large cardboard containers like those sold at UPS etc.. or instead utilize plastic totes and also, once the 20' container is unloaded on the island, who did you contract with to deliver it to your homesite?

Many thanks!

We used the black plastic bins with yellow tops sold at Home Depot (also Costco) because they stack really well. we also had some items such as small appliances in the boxes they originally came in. As I recall, we used Ferrol Trucking from dock to our home. 

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Upholstery Girl
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So in reading this tread, it sounds like I can buy my own container, have it shipped to the island and then keep it for my own storage?  Is that correct?

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Yes you can buy, ship and then use a container for storage. You'll either need to own your own property or have permission from your landlord (or a friend/associate) to place it on a property. The VI doesn't have a lot of restrictions in residential communities  - there are some areas that may but most are pretty accommodating. Condos are a different story.

On STT, the issue may be finding a property flat enough to accommodate a container. 

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