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Hey all,

I relocated for work for a year to St Croix back in 2017. After Hurricane Maria swept through, I lasted only two months because of the post-hurricane conditions. I've enjoyed my time there.

Now, my company promoted me and wants me back for a couple of more years. I found out housing has more than doubled (I was staying at St C back then) because of the refinery. I'm also planning to ship my car here. Last time, I bought an island car and sold it right back.

The question is: Is there still a duty for non-US manufacture cars? My co-worker, who is local, said they've suspended collection of the fee, according to this article: https://stcroix   source  .com/2019/07/10/irb-says-theres-no-plan-b-if-excise-tax-appeal-loses/

I really want to ship my 2018 Toyota Tacoma but it was made in Mexico. My other car is a 2002 Honda Accord made in the US. My company is willing to pay up to $3000 in shipping fees. I'm planning to use Blue Ocean shipping.

Any thoughts?


Topic starter Posted : October 11, 2019 5:38 pm
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That article has to do with Excise Tax, an import tax paid mostly for commercial products (businesses pay it outright, then they pass it onto consumers.  AKA: hidden tax).

What your referring to is a fee (technically not a tax) attached to shipping a vehicle manufactured outside of the US, a Customs Fee. Since we’re a territory, we fall outside of NAFTA trade agreements (which will hopefully change with the new USMCA trade deal).

BLUE WATER- I drove my Chevy pickup to the port in Fort Lauderdale, Blue Ocean took it from there. It arrived in STX a week later. Ferrol Trucking (through Blue Water) can receive your vehicle, and take care of all your BMV paperwork/plates. They worked great for me. Truck arrived in great shape and it was ready to drive.

I think you’d be happier with the Tacoma as opposed to your Honda Accord on STX. If your Honda was a CRV, I’d say bring that. SUV’s (all wheel drive preferably) and trucks (preferably 4x4) just handle the roads better here. Not to far off every paved road... is a dirt road.

Posted : October 11, 2019 10:40 pm
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Thanks for the explanation. Bummer, I guess I can't avoid the 6% duty fee. I will see if my company can cover more of the cost. 

Topic starter Posted : October 12, 2019 12:45 am

good luck on finding housing , i think thats going to be the biggest hurdle 

Posted : October 17, 2019 9:21 am
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