Shipping vehicle from Florida to St. Thomas
Here is a response that I got from a shipping company out of Jacksonville Florida a while back. This hopefully will give others an idea of cost and options:
mtdoramike [ PM ]
Re: Shipping my car to St. Thomas.
September 26, 2012 09:51AM
Registered: 3 months ago
Here is a break down for shipping a vehicle from Jax. Florida to St. Thomas:
Hi Mike! Thanks for the email. Good luck on your upcoming move. below is an ESTIMATE of the cost for moving your Frontier from Jacksonville Fl to St Thomas including the road tax and registration costs. If we do the clearance and registration, we charge $150 which is highlighted below in yellow. This is something you can do, and if you do please just remove that from the estimate.
If your VIN begins with a 1,4 or 5 it was built in the US and there will be no duty accessed. I looked it up in the web and it looks like it was built in new Smyrna, ga, so we should be good there.
If you would like to load the truck up (inside and out) with your personal effects, you can do so for $350 (as long as you are delivering it to the port) If you choose this route, please be aware that you need to use good judgment in what you load as it travels at your own risk, That being said, the ports are very secure now and there is no way a big screen tv could be stolen, however, it would be easy enough to pocket a GPS left on the front seat.
You can build a box on the back of the truck and load that up to (as long as the box does not exceed the dimensions of the cab and truck bed
If you would like us to arrange to have the truck picked up at your location, we would be happy to do that, but you cannot load personal effects in the vehicle if we do.
Let me know if we can help you!
Sub Total Shipping
Estimated cost of clearing and registering a :
2009 nissan frontier 4dr truck
Customs Duty (Kelly Blue Book)
Road Tax (4 door)
Sub Total Clearance
Sub Total Registration
Total Clearance and Registration
Meme St John
I hope this helps anyone out who is contimplating shipping a vehicle to St. Thomas. It might just be cheaper in the long run to buy a car on the islands and then sell it when you leave. The only problem I have is that most of the cars that I see advertised have HIGH mileage. My Nissan Frontier only has 15,000 miles on it.
Thanks, a very informative post. I would say if you own the vehicle, ship it, but do the paper work yourself, nice way to find out where the port, BMV , tax office is and be introduced to the Islands, if you can use USAA for insurance. I am on STX and the figures add up to close what it cost in 08.
I used Meme St. John also for shipping our vehicles here to STX in November 2012 and was very satisfied! Everything we crammed into our truck bed arrived intact. Just before we moved, I bought one of those accordion style bed covers and it worked out very well. All my husband's tools (he has lots as he was a carpenter most of his adult life), my kitchen stuff and other personal household items were just nicely boxed and labeled and when they arrived, absolutely nothing was gone through or stolen!
Some companies will not let you ship personal items in your vehicles and will lie to you and say customs doesn't allow it, but that just is not true! Go with International Logistics out of STT and speak with Meme St. John. Super nice lady to work with for your shipping needs!
For that amount, I'd rather ship a car than attempt to find a used car with high milage and unknown issues to purchase.
At least with your own car you know you have something dependable.
I'd also have the company clear customs, do the road tax and register to save the hassel of doing it yourself.
You'll be glad you did.
I would assume that a nissan frontier is a very marketable truck on STT. Should be easy to sell when you leave. If I were you, though, I'd keep the frontier in FL and buy a cheep car for STT. ($4 -6K) then sell that when you leave. Even if you take a $2k loss your are still ahead and won't have to hassle with finding a car when you get back to FL.