I Think We Need One More Shipment Of Stuff
We’re getting closer to my retirement date....9 months, but who’s counting. It’s looking like we will want to make one more shipment to STX. My question is this, we don’t need a full or even a half container full, is there some other option for say a 1/4 container? Our situation is as follows, we own both our retirement homes (north and south) but currently live in a 3rd rental home, lease expiring next March. Like many folks at our stage of life we’re trying to figure out what to do with everything we’ve accumulated over 31+ years of marriage, 3 kids and so on. The home we purchased on STX was partially furnished so we shipped down what we thought was enough stuff but now that we’re more settled we thinking theres more that should come down. Most of its smaller, a few tables, chairs, lamps and artwork. Too big to ship by UPS but not enough for a container load. We will also be shipping down a 2nd car but I’m not sure that’s relevant as it’s apples and oranges, I think. Any ideas or insight is appreciated.
Sounds like you need to crate your stuff and ship it to one of the freight forwarders to put in their container. Easier said than done. Best if you can can fit it on standard size pallets. You may be able to get a local moving company to come and crate if for you and truck it to the freight forwarder.
I ship stuff LCL (less than a container load) with Tropical all the time. Just do as Exit Zero said. When I make a booking I give them the commercial invoices for the items, the dimensions and number of pallets, and their weights. I usually arrange inland transport to the port in the states myself, but most companies can help you with that too if you need it.
Thanks everyone for your advice. I'll start looking for a local (Boston) company who can help us package up the goods we want to bring with us. It will all be things we've owned for years so nothing new or recently acquired.
We have used Blue Ocean in the past, is Paradise better for this type of shipment?
They do make 10 ft containers (but you don't see them that often). If you can find one locally, you could pack it yourself and get it trucked to one of the shipping companies for the boat trip.
Depending on your timing for sending the 2nd car (and the size of the car), you might also be able to put the car and household items in the same container (nothing in the car but the keys and copy of title). Either of these would depend on whether there would be any value to you to have a lockable storage when it got to the island (and whether it's allowed if you have a HOA).
my husband and I are heading down FT in 3-6 months, and are in similar situation in Boston area. I’ll be interested to hear what works for you. For earlier (small) shipments we’ve used Paradise Freight to VICargo.
@Path2stx We currently live about 30 minutes north of Boston. I think we've decided to book a 2nd 20ft container, only because it's the simplest option, even though we won't come close to filling it, half at best but it gives us flexibility (to bring more than we'll actually need - purging stuff is hard). We'll likely do this around Thanksgiving as my wife will be going down around then for the winter and we need to be out of the house we've been renting for the past couple of years by the end of March, plus I retire on March 1st 2021, at which point I'll will make a quick run to Martha's Vineyard, to drop off a few things there, and then race to STX on March 3rd to escape the cold and be done with New England winters forever!
@jaldeborgh. We’re having trouble purging as well, and are reluctant to clutter up our STX place, but I’m sure we’ll have quite a bit to ship down with us. We haven’t figured out what’s coming yet, but perhaps we could share a container... we’re in Cambridge. The way things are seeming now, the Late November timeline could work for us too.