How to ship small items excluding V.I. Cargo
First let me say my V.I. Cargo experience has been very pleasant (I can't consistently guestimate their freight charges but generally it's not bad and the service is always good.)
In my case one of my favorite sites, www.costco.com, just stopped shipping to V.I. Cargo's Florida address. Apparently their computers finally flagged the address as a freight forwarder so things I like to buy can no longer be shipped through there from Costco. The Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) has been replaced by another similar service but it isn't MBE so there is no longer a freight forwarding option from a stateside MBE to here either.
Is there another way to ship items through a U.S. address here (other than a friend of course)? I just tried to look at Crowley and Tropical's websites but I didn't see anything about a small package service. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.
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Perhaps a service such as Earth Class Mail would work for you -- you can get a PO box or a street address, and they will forward packages for a fee. www.earthclassmail.com
Have you called the people at costco.com? Sometimes companies that don't offer shipping to the VI will ship here if you call and ask, particularly if you are not in a hurry.
For the past several years, I have been using a very reliable and professional organization: http://usamail1.com/
I have had everything from letters to packages sent to me in remote places in the world.
Another option is, http://www.caribtrans.com/.
Your Name - STX
12600 NW 107th Ave
Miami FL, 33178
Their St. Croix office phone number is, 340.719.5272.
They clear and deliver if you would like them to, just like VI Cargo.
Just curious. Why does costco.com care that it's a freight forwarder?
I shop online a lot, and sometimes sites that normally ship here won't if the product I am ordering has some "ingredient" on somebody's list! Other than that, why would they care? Even then, wouldn't it be up to vicargo to decide to take it or not? Sometime I just don't get it. You could probably bring it back from the states on a plane, right?
I also often find items on one site that won't ship, and then find the identical item on another site....no problem.
I suppose costco might not want the risk of it never being delivered??
Once FedEx, UPs, DHL, etc. delivery an item to your freight forwarder they and the original shipper are no longer on the hook. They have a signature that it was delivered.
VI Cargo does what it can to protect you. If a package is damaged and they are concerned that the contents might be damaged they refuse to accept delivery.
Wow, thanks all. You've given me some homework to do on a few new option - thanks 🙂