Speedy, if you plan it right, and buy in bulk for your needs, VI Cargo is relatively cheep and you still save money. However, if you order 14 different things, it could come in 5 or more boxes so not cost effective. IF you planned it right, for example, ordered 6 tubes of toothpaste it would ship from the same place, in one box.
Target won't even ship to VI Cargo, b/c it is a shipping company.
So sad the limitations we have. It's certainly frustrating.
caribtrans in FL will let you consolidate items for one shipment..you can get them to hold things as they arrive and wait until you tell them everything is there. And, you can clear the shipment yourself, saving all those extra fees. Not a big deal to do it if you are able to get out to the airport area during the day on a weekday, and not at luchtime when the VI office closes. You need the same documentation you would have to provide to any of the shippers/clearing houses, go to a few offices, fill out some forms, pay duty etc if required
what is the real cost for shipping it to vi cargo?? i don't just want to hear that people think it is a good deal, i want to know what it costs
Here is what I paid for a box containing two bicycle wheels
Cubic Feet 6.25
Declared Value for Customs $125
Insurance Fee $2.48
Customs Duty $9.00
Ocean Freight $55.00 (Which works out to $8.80 per cubic foot )
That seems quite high JimDandy...recently, I ordered 4 big 3lb tubs of protein powder and shipped to Vi Cargo. It arrived in two boxes, total cost $11 or so. Last month, i ordered a bread machine (weight 19lb) and a blender (weight 11bs). Insurance fee 1.60, customs 6.30 and ocean freight 35.00. Total was 42.90 even though my stuff weighed more than JimDandy's (these numbers are straight from my invoice).
Well, Amazon wasn't shipping that stuff here directly so it was my only choice. And standard shipping from amazon can be really high on large items since prime membership (which is supposed to give free shipping) doesn't apply for the most part. I'm just glad VI cargo is an option and I tend to use it quite frequently. It would really suck not to have any options...
was that cheaper for you than buying them on island jimdandy?
A friend didn't want them so he sold them to me at a friendly price. They are not available on island and would have had to be special ordered anyway and shipped by VI Cargo.
FYI Ocean frieght is calculated by volume not by weight unless the shipment is extremly dense such as granite, tile, cement, etc.
Stateside shippers that use UPS don't pay much attention to volume, as long as the package isn't oversize, so most of the time the rate is determined by the number of pounds and what zone it is being shipped to.
Got hammered once when I ordered a small part for my generator and it was packed in a small flimsy 6" x 6" x 32" box. So what did the shipper do, he packed the parts in a very sturdy box for a lawnmover and sent this giant parcel by UPS to VI Cargo. Shipping from VI Cargo cost me twice as much as the parts.
We have been ordering from WM for quite some time and have experienced only minor problems. Sometimes, an item ordered is shipped and the next time it is denied and cancelled!
In October, we placed an order and most of it was cancelled even though it was in stock and they had shipped the identical items to us previously! The remainder was shipped and arrived within a week or so.
Yesterday, we decided to try again and it appears as though the order was accepted. The only strange thing is that it is forecasted to be delivered on December 26!
Well, everything we ordered last night except for one item, which are all food items, shipped just moments ago!
The original estimated date was Dec. 26 at the time of the order, and it still indicates Dec. 26! I'll bet they get here before that. They were shipped USPS. I understand that the dates have been pushed out due to the Walmart workers striking at the distribution centers because of having to pay a bit for healhcare beginning in January and having to work on Thanksgiving Day evening. At least they have a job!
One interesting note is that in October, we placed our usual order which included 4 large boxes of Minute Rice which was not sent due to carrier restrictions. We had ordered the Minute Rice many times previously. This time, no problem...it is on it's way so we will get the chopp sticks ready! 🙂 Hope this is all fixed as many of the items are much cheaper or you can't even acquire them locally.
Well, all of the stuff we ordered from Walmart on November 16 has shipped, except for one item and it has just left Puerto Rico!
The order consisted of food items, many of which were cancelled from our order last month due to carrier restrictions. So, not sure what changed this month?
The estimated delivery time on the order and the shipping confirmation was Dec. 26. I think we will be receiving it in the next day or two.
It was all sent USPS Priority as usual.
Last month when we ordered we had all sorts of problems and just gave up. The previous months and this month, no problem.
There's an article in today's Daily News which states basically that the shipments have been cut back because of costs and that it's purely a business decision. Hopefully better information will shortly be forthcoming which will indicate which items can't be shipped so that buyers will know in advance of ordering.
Possibly relates to which things come from which distribution centers. Although it certainly doesn't make much sense when Wally World can ship me a multifunction printer at no cost (I don't know of another company anywhere that will do this to the USVI) but won't ship me a box of granola bars at any price!
Here's the full article from the Daily News:
It's odd that the thrust of the cutback seems more to do with cost of shipping than with type of products. USPS rates are the same to the territories as between the contiguous states so that doesn't make sense ...