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Re: Passage from US to Abaco Dec 2018
Just box the stuff up, add invoices for each and every item and mail it through the PO if time is of no concern. FedEx and DHHL are speedier (certainly not overnight or anywhere near that) but much more expensive.
If the parts are too big for a box, surface shipping is very, very cheap. We shipped a diesel engine and a 600# barrel of chain all the way to Trinidad for around us$150.00 each.
No matter which way you ship, supplying invoices for your own items will probably be the most difficult task. You really do not want the customs officers to value the items. When I was there duty could be 100% on many items, including my own equipment sent from the Bahamas for rebuild, to the states, so consider carefully if what you are sending is worth the duty.
Also, it is highly likely that you will require a 'customs broker' to do the paperwork and deal with the customs officials. These guys are not cheap (up to several hundred dollars local currency), but you can shop around and they may save you some duty.
The biggest problem arises when you are not at the port of entry. If you are in the Abacos and the items arrive in Nassau, then you will absolutely need someone (a customs broker) to get your items through customs and on to Abaco.
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