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I think I am going to ship one vehicle from the states and buy one down there. I need a work van for there. We will likely just buy Deb an Island Car for there, at least in the short term. If I want to ship tools can I just crate them up and drop them with the van for shipping? I won't need a full container but the tools I want to ship would be to expensive to ship via mail, ups etc. Anyone been through this lately? We aren't shipping any furniture and just some basic household items. Clothes will be via airlines as I will be making two or three trips back and forth to settle up my business here.


Posted : December 5, 2007 12:12 pm
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I have seen on old posts that the companies are no longer allowing the vehicles to have contents. You may want to do a search for more details.


Posted : December 5, 2007 12:37 pm
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Jay... just a heads up, I have heard of horror stories of packed vehicles stopping in puerto rico and leaving empty. not sure if it's true but thought i would pass on the info.

Posted : December 5, 2007 1:17 pm
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I guess I should have been a little more specific. I know I can't ship it loaded. I will have to crate the tools then have them shipped separately. My question had more to do with what kind of expense it will be to ship less than a container full. I am trying to decide if it's worth it to ship my tools or go on a shopping spree at Home Depot. Also has anyone shipped a car lately? What are the current rates?

PS Lip Deb and I went sailing with Larry last week for the better part of a day. Check out the video.

Posted : December 5, 2007 1:36 pm
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There is a great tool rental place near Home Depot...we rented may large tools there while completely redoing our kitchen last was well worth it. They have every imaginable tool from small to huge, they deliver or you can pick it up yourself. I believe it is in the Fort Milner shopping center.

Posted : December 5, 2007 1:36 pm
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Of course it would be nice if you could ship your tools with your truck, but I too have heard stories! I do know you can crate it up and ship it separately. You can go to: www.tropical. com
or call the STT number: 340-776-8767. They don't have state side numbers listed in their add in the phone book!
Good Luck!

Posted : December 5, 2007 1:42 pm
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you can crate things up and ship them separately via any of the barge companies that service the islands. I've shipped "LTL" style via both Tropical Shipping and VI Cargo and everything arrived OK. They will take your crate or pallets and put them into a container with other small shipments for the ocean transit. You pay them by the cubic foot of space your shipment takes. It's relatively painless to ship this way and much cheaper than US Mail for people who have some heavy items to send but don't have a full container of things they want to send down.

Posted : December 5, 2007 4:49 pm
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Hey Jay

Sorry I can't help with the current cost of shipping but I can link you to my costs of 2 1/2 years ago if it would help 🙂

I think as far as the tools are concerned, I hear you can ship them on a "palette" (sp) full or partial, or it can be combined in a 20' or 40' container with other "part loads"

We used Lee Flemming to ship our "stuff" and he was great - let me know if you need his #


Posted : December 5, 2007 4:51 pm
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Take your tools!!!!!! To replace them would be costly and if it is your trade, too expensive to rent! Believe me, you won't be sorry!

Posted : December 5, 2007 7:44 pm
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just got a quote of 2500.00 for car from Buffalo NY to STT. Worldmoving talked to a Will.

Posted : December 5, 2007 7:56 pm
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If you're delivering the truck to Tropical, the spot to drop off all your other stuff is just down the road. it takes some time, but not a big deal. rate goes by weight or volume, whichever is more, plus some fees. We always clear our own stuff once it gets to stx. (customs and excise). You will need an itemized list, and invoices for anything new. pack your tools so they are secure--locked tool box or whatever. NOTHING in truck. Once truck is set to go, take a taxi from the Tropical trailer to the tri-rail train, and it takes you to whichever airport you want for a few dollars PBI, WPB, or MIA. Needless to say, to do all this in one day you do need your time line in order--or else plan for not flying out the same day.

Posted : December 5, 2007 8:16 pm
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I was just wondering were you found the crates to pack your items? Did Tropical shipping provide them? We have less than a container to ship, but a pallet may be to exposed for our items. Thanks for your help.

Posted : December 5, 2007 11:25 pm
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I just shipped my Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo via Crowley and it was about $1300 for the shipping. With taxes, etc. It was a little over $2000. My husband and I decided not to send all our tools down, and have bought them when we were here. The only problem we have found with the tools that not everyone has the bits to go with them. For example, we wanted to buy a medium jackhammer that could be used to drill holes through concrete or also used to bust up old tile. Home Depot had plenty of options for the tool itself, but no bits to match the tools. I ran into this same problem on Monday when I needed to buy a router. Lots of choices for the router, but no choices for the bits. However, we have not had this problem with things like cordless screwdrivers, saws, etc. My husband ended up buying the jackhammer from I bought the router at home depot, and finally found the bit I needed at the lumber yard over past Tutu.


Posted : December 5, 2007 11:57 pm
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I have used Econocaribe Consolidators. If you live in a city where they have a depot it might be the way to go. As the name says they consolidate freight going to the Caribbean, truck it to Florida where it is loaded on a boat going to your island. Very convenient as you are dealing with one shipper for both the land and sea arrangements. They can also arrange for delivery at the receiving end so if you want to ship heavy crates they will deliver them to your door.


Posted : December 6, 2007 4:10 pm
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