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COIVD_Gypsies
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October 17, 2020 10:27 pm  

Looking for guidance on a freight forwarder service for small’ish online orders to STT. I combed through the forum trying to avoid a duplicate question, but it seems like most answers were either several years old or related more to STX. 

Specifically for some things from the likes of IKEA and REI - both of which have specific items we can’t get from Amazon or Walmart, but neither of which offer direct shipping to STT.

Between this forum and Google, several services which come up particularly for STT are MyUS.com, VI Cargo, and Tropical Freight. 

What services do the STT folks use and how do you use them most efficiently?


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Scubadoo
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October 18, 2020 10:27 pm  

There is also Blue Ocean Transport, advertising on this page.  Just order and ship to the freight forwarder.  But be aware some companies refuse to even ship to known freight forwarders.  I guess their lawyers are afraid of violating some export rules, and they just make it a policy not to ship anything.


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vicanuck
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October 19, 2020 8:13 am  

STT Cargo is owned by the same folks as Paradise Freight on STX. The share the same facilities in MIA. Very easy to deal with and no problem with small packages.


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vicanuck
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October 19, 2020 8:13 am  

STT Cargo is owned by the same folks as Paradise Freight on STX. The share the same facilities in MIA. Very easy to deal with and no problem with small packages.


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rewired
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October 19, 2020 8:34 pm  

@COVID_gypsies

Welcome to the forum!

Ikea has a store in Puerto Rico and some other mainland companies do as well.

REI has shipped and items to the VI for me, but I haven't tried anything big. 

If you get something from Ikea (or another store) in Puerto Rico, you might want to check with Stevenson Formel Freight Services http://www.normahfreight.com/

They have two ships per week from PR to STT and STX. Given that they're traveling 1/10 the distance from Miami, the prices may be better.

I haven't used them personally, but have heard good things from others about them.


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COIVD_Gypsies
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October 20, 2020 12:57 pm  

So ... first, thanks for everyone’s replies !!

We called the various suggestions and here’s what I found out for the same table from IKEA 

From PR to STT w/ Stevenson = $85 <a class="wpforo-auto-embeded-link" href=" removed link " target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"> removed link

From FL to STT w/ MyUS = $192 (that’s gonna be a BIG nope!)

From FL to STT w/ STT Cargo = $70 <a href=" removed link "> removed link

From FL to STT w/ Tropical = $42 <a href=" removed link "> removed link

That’s some range for sure!

Stevenson, STT, & Tropical all have similar logistics and requirements, all currently have two sailings weekly into STT and all were super friendly and easy to get quotes from on the phone or via email. 

So it seems like they are pretty much apples-to-apples except for price from what we can tell. 

Hope this helps the next person who searches the forum for this updated info. 


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scout77
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October 20, 2020 4:41 pm  

Also if you are ordering from IKEA, beware of getting furniture b/c the composite board most of their stuff is made of literally disintegrates in the tropical climate. It cannot get wet or moist. But great for all the other inexpensive stuff. 


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