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VIpirate
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October 27, 2019 11:09 pm  

@jaldeborgh

The Customs Duties are based on country of origin for the new items.  For instance, many of our new kitchen appliances were Kitchen Aide brand and were manufactured in the US, so no duties.  The clearing agent will handle all of these issues on your behalf and their service fees were extremely reasonable and they were able to clear our container in one day.  This was right before Christmas 2018, so we were quite grateful as we were rushing to ensure that we had furniture in the house before our extended family arrived for the holidays.  

Best of luck and hope all goes smoothly. 

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jaldeborgh
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October 28, 2019 9:50 pm  
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@jaldeborgh

The Customs Duties are based on country of origin for the new items.  For instance, many of our new kitchen appliances were Kitchen Aide brand and were manufactured in the US, so no duties.  The clearing agent will handle all of these issues on your behalf and their service fees were extremely reasonable and they were able to clear our container in one day.  This was right before Christmas 2018, so we were quite grateful as we were rushing to ensure that we had furniture in the house before our extended family arrived for the holidays.  

Best of luck and hope all goes smoothly. 

The two somewhat significant items that are new are a Weber Genesis II LX Grill, which I believe is made in the USA.  The other item is a Dyson vacuum cleaner, which I believe manufactured in Malaysia.

We purchased the property this last January but rented back to the prior owners who will be out as of December 1st.  The house is mostly (beautifully) furnished but the prior owners took their bedroom furniture and select pieces along with their artwork so we’re filling these voids with our belongings, hoping to make feel like it’s our home.

The parade of visitors begins in January, when my wife returns after Christmas in MA.  We’ll both be down in early December to get everything settled, unfortunately I’ll still be be working until my retirement in Early 2021, so I won’t get too much time on the island until then.  I’ll just have to live vicariously through others for another 16 months.


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maxi88
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November 16, 2019 3:25 am  

I would just call Blue Ocean, they most likely have someone.  


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jaldeborgh
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November 18, 2019 1:42 am  

Looks like our container shipment of household goods is about to arrive, earlier than we expected.  The pickup date at our house in MA was based on our planned arrival date on St. Croix, I guess we’re lucky it’s early versus late.  The downside is we’ll be charged $50 a day for the container rental for the first 5 days then $100 a day after that.  Based on what we’re being told it will result in about $1,200 in additional rental fees.  But given we won’t arrive until December 4th and have scheduled a team to help us unload on the 6th we don’t have much choice.  Minor issue but lesson learned.


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