Top of the line shipping
Has anyone used Top of the line shipping from the mainland (US-Maryland or DC) to St. Croix or St. Thomas? How was the prices? Where your items still in good condition? Did they pack your items accordingly? I am having a hard time with different companies? Any pointers? I am planning to move around December/January....2012 and can't wait.
Lovelylady: You may have better luck asking around MD/DC instead of in the VI. It's important to check a mover's reputation beforehand because the moving industry attracts a lot of shady operators, especially for inter-state moves. Some companies will break furniture so it fits, hold your shipment hostage until you pay more, pilfer your goods, etc.
Inquire with whatever state agency in MD or DC issues licenses to moving companies. There may be a state agency hotline listed in the MD yellow pages among the moving companies. New Jersey has such as agency, and you can call them and ask how many outstanding complaints a specific moving company has. Zero is a good number. You can also ask moving companies for references.
Or call the Better Business Bureau to inquire about a moving company.
Or start in the VI. Pick a reputable moving company in the VI. You will probably need one to get your goods from the VI port to your new home. Ask them for a recommendation of a good company in MD/DC. That's how we did ours. We had trouble finding ANY company in NJ who could ship our stuff to VI, so we called our VI moving company and asked them whom to use.
Thank You for the good tips. My sister used Fleming Transport who is in the VI and their furniture got messed up. At this point, I don't think it's worth shipping used household goods or furniture, which costs $2,500 to send for a shipping company to screw up.
If you are coming to the VI for the first time, it might be better to store your furniture in the States for 6 months or a year. Most rentals come furnished. If,after a year you still like it here, go back and get you stuff then.
I used top of the line to move my car from San Diego to STX 2 years ago.
They were much faster than expected, great communication, and really reasonable priced.
That said - now that I"m here, I use VI CARGO weekly, Tropical shipping, Crowley and Flemming Transfer are also reliable.
I think I will go with Top of the line for shipping my car. The guy seems nice and they were much professional than the other company's. I called one place and the girl answered with a strong accent, " Mawning" <---- I loved the accent but I had to think for a minute.