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Re: Passage from US to Abaco Dec 2018

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Did you need a customs broker?
Down here, on many islands, it is required.
I've shipped to Freeport and Marsh Harbour, no customs broker required just a lot of patience and tongue biting and cash.

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I've not done it, but I understand parts can be shipped into many/most countries, labeled for a vessel in transit and avoid duty.

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Kinda like: He stepped onto my property and I have a right to defend myself. So I gunned him down.

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It does work in *some* places. Not including the USA.
Not: Bahamas
Caribbean on the whole
Europe
Asia mostly....


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I've shipped to Freeport and Marsh Harbour, no customs broker required just a lot of patience and tongue biting and cash.
Interesting. In Grenada everything passes through customs in St. George's and if you are in Carriacou, you need someone there to clear it through customs, sort of. I had one package come straight through, but it was from Trini, not the US, but I don't see the difference since Trini is not part of the EC.

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Ahhhhhhhhh Magic Words.


Kinda like: He stepped onto my property and I have a right to defend myself. So I gunned him down.

Anytime you hear Magic Words you can be pretty sure they are BS.

It does work in *some* places. Not including the USA.
Not: Bahamas
Caribbean on the whole
Europe
Asia mostly....


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In Grenada, it's called a "customs handling fee" of a flat 6% on all the items including freight. Rarely one slips by without paying. You are often bullied into using a customs broker, but most of the time, with a simple order you can slip by. At the cost of a customs broker in Grenada, sometimes it is easier and cheaper to just pay the duty.
St. Lucia, no duty at all but you must have an agent, ec$200.00 or so, however, they will deliver your items to the dinghy dock from the airport or seaport, so it is worth it, IMO.
In Trini, there's no fee, but you must fetch your item from the airport or seaport and stop by Chaguaramas customs for clearance, even if you have cleared at the airport! Transportation in Trini is reasonable, but it can still be tt$300 or 400 to get to Point Lisas and back. These are the ones I know for a fact, and use frequently.
I have no experience there, but I hear Martinique and Guad have no customs duty on yacht imports.
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Re: Passage from US to Abaco Dec 2018

Thank you all for your input. I really appreciate it.
I think I will drop the issue shipping at this time as I have already heard much f what you all have mentioned. Long story, but I left my inflatable RIB in FL and was trying to get it to my boat. Ill bring it next season. My kids will just have to learn to love swimming ashore haha!


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You'll learn to park close to the beach and the kids will be fit, healthy, tan and wear big smiles

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Re: Passage from US to Abaco Dec 2018

I would try to find something locally, even if it only has one season left in it. Swimming to shore is great, but not always practical, especially after dark.

I'm trying to imagine how one forgets their tender.


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