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stevil
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April 4, 2015 1:33 pm  

Can anyone recommend a shipping company that will move our car and household goods from the Washington DC area to STT? Would love to hear from people who have actually used the company they are recommending.

Thanks for your help!


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TommySTX
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April 4, 2015 1:56 pm  

I used International Logistics that advertises on this site for a move from Pittsburgh to STX. Meme was very helpful and the price, well the price is the price. It's about the same no matter the company I think. Our container made the trip in the time promised and everything made it here undamaged.


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soccerrprp
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May 4, 2015 6:50 pm  

Hi all. Will be shipping my minivan to the island. Is there a company that will ship and help with customs/paper work relevant to US Virgin Islands requirements?

THanks.


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speee1dy
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May 4, 2015 7:59 pm  

try crowley they are out of medly florida-near miami. they did my car over 10 years ago.


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soccerrprp
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May 5, 2015 2:09 am  

Thanks speee1dy!


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speee1dy
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May 5, 2015 1:08 pm  

you are welcome


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watruw8ing4
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May 5, 2015 5:55 pm  

I am currently in the process of having my car shipped right now via Top of the Line (they are advertised on this site). They offered me Customs Clearing and Licensing services for $275 extra. There's a separate charge of $125 for registration and title fees. Can't tell you how well or not it actually works out at this point, because the car doesn't ship until Friday.


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sheiba
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May 5, 2015 6:10 pm  

$275 is worth the time and headache you will have to deal trying to do yourself if you have the extra cash.
you will also have taxes to pay.


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Alana33
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May 5, 2015 6:15 pm  

That's a bit pricy, IMO.
Title costs $25.00, registration for my Toyota pickup ran $58 before I got a discounted rate with a senior card. I could see paying up to $150-$175 for clearing and registering but $275 I consider very high.

Pretty sure that doesn't include any fees for customs if it's a foreign vehicle.


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vicanuck
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May 5, 2015 9:11 pm  

I'd recommend STT Cargo. They can handle all your needs. These are the same folks that own Paradise Freight on STX.

http://www.sttcargoshipservice.com/


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soccerrprp
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May 5, 2015 9:51 pm  

Great information! Thank you all! I got a shipping quote of $1350 from Crowley. How does your shipping only cost compare watruw8ing4?

Fantastic information! Extremely helpful!


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watruw8ing4
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May 6, 2015 2:02 am  

Freight charge was $1450. But it's difficult to compare, because that's based on the vehicle and shipping origin (I used Jacksonville, FL, which was more costly than Miami, but more convenient for me).

Alana, I already have a car here and am aware of the lower fees if I do it myself. The money I'm paying for the entry services and registration is worth every penny to me. It's cheaper than the bail money that I'd have to pay, because chances are good that I'd lose my temper and deck someone while navigating the process. Also, poster was asking about services, not Customs fees.


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Alana33
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May 6, 2015 5:04 am  

All I said was that I thought that was a high charge.
If it's worth it to you, then have at it.


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NYC to STT
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May 6, 2015 2:29 pm  

We shipped a car with Crowley from Pennsauken (just outside Philly) and a few palettes of household goods with Tropical from Kearny, NJ.

Tropical was much closer to our house and would have used them for both, but they don't ship vehicles from that location. The process for both was very easy on both ends. In my opinion it isn't worth paying somebody a $275 fee to handle what amounts to an hour or two of paperwork when you pick up the car. But if you don't want to deal with it yourself, then I suppose it's a nice option to have.

Shipping a vehicle out of Pennsuaken is more expensive than Florida, but if you're already in the northeast then you don't have to deal with the expense or hassle of getting the vehicle to Florida first.


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soccerrprp
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May 6, 2015 3:21 pm  

@watruw8ing4. Thank you. The quote I received is for a mini-van from Port Everglades, Fl.

Thanks all!


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jasona
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May 11, 2015 4:31 pm  

I used International Logistics that advertises on this site for a move from Pittsburgh to STX. Meme was very helpful and the price, well the price is the price. It's about the same no matter the company I think. Our container made the trip in the time promised and everything made it here undamaged.

What was your price to ship a container?


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TommySTX
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May 11, 2015 5:23 pm  

40' container from Pittsburgh to STX was $6700. That included 4 hours of load time at our previous home in Pittsburgh, then the container was trucked to Jacksonville to be put on the ship for the trip to STX. Claimed and paid for in STX at Ferrol's trucking. Paid another $300 for them to assist in getting our vehicles out of the container with their flatbed and then haul the rest of our goods to the new house here.

We loaded everything ourselves to include the vehicles in Pittsburgh. Had to pay for a flatbed towtruck to assist us getting the vehicles into the container.


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jasona
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May 12, 2015 7:33 pm  

Thank you!


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NJoy
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May 16, 2015 5:01 pm  

Reading this reminds me of how much more research I have to do to plan for my move to St Thomas. Shipping is quite an investment!

I'm curious if anyone here is now living in California and is planning a move to St Thomas?
Or
Is there anyone here currently living on St Thomas that moved from California?

Have a great weekend


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