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Gator's Mom
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How much detail have you put on the packing list for personal effects that will pass muster with customs?

Do we need to number each box separately and put contents of each on the list?

Or, alternatively, can we put on the packing list

10 - plastic boxes
cargo description - personal effects
value $$ (how do you determine?)

We are packing our own 20 foot container.

Thanks for advice - we're not getting much assistance from shipping companies on this.

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stjohnjulie
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I would reach out to US Boarder Patrol and Customs. They are going to be the people most concerned with your invoice. I believe they have guidelines on their website as well. I do a lot of logistics for shipping, but in my case, it's always for new items. If you're having a company handle the clearing of your shipment, have them guide you. They will have to have the proper paperwork to get it done, and will be able to tell you how to prepare.

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NorthsideKevin
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So, if I may be so bold, where are you shipping from, thru whom and how much? We have to do it shortly, and were going to get a few people in on the 20 footer.

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Gator's Mom
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We will be shipping from the east coast of FL - probably Fort Lauderdale.

We are still pricing the how much .... but so far $1900 for a watertight 20 foot container delivered to us, $1000 overland from St. Petersburg FL to Lauderdale (priced by hour), and now working on which ocean shipper but I suspect that will cost $3-4000. Then from container port to our property will be another $500-$1000 give or take.

You don't need to buy a container BTW but we want it for our STX property for storage.

The CBP website provides little information about how to complete the inventory list. The bill of lading is not the issue. At this point, I think I'm going to have our container loaded by a local moving company here in St. Pete and I'll ask them to manage the inventory list.

The last thing you want to have happen is for CBP or the ocean shipper to pull your stuff out of the container at a port since you're responsible for the repacking.

So, if I may be so bold, where are you shipping from, thru whom and how much? We have to do it shortly, and were going to get a few people in on the 20 footer.

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singlefin
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Your over thinking it, just like I did. The only things they were concerned with on my list was anything new, with a substantial price tag.
My list was somewhat vague, like for example, 30 plastic bins of household/kitchen items. I listed stereo equipment, clothing, large pieces of furniture, like a desk or couch (all of which was listed as used). I had 30 surfboards that I simply listed as "surfboard collection"
My 20' was never opened or inspected on its entire trip from NJ, to Jamacia, to St. Martin, to STX. I placed two personal padlocks on it, and then they apply a plastic/cable seal on it prior to initial shipping. All of those where perfectly intact until I removed them upon final delivery to my propert on St. Croix.

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