Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shipping Made Easy From The Southeastern US!

What to take in the jeep, what to leave behind, what to ship down? All pertinent questions at this juncture.

We don't want to look like we're moving to Belize via Mexico, but would rather appear as though we're tourists on holiday, only carrying suitcases. Thus began our search for an economical shipping company to send down some "necessities" to begin our retirement. 

We checked on The Belize Forums website for advice and found several shippers in Houston-which is along our planned route to Mexico. We could drag a small rental trailer the 780 miles to Houston dealing with the lower gas mileage, slower speed and spend a day to drop off our stuff at their place of business, pack everything in their barrels, return the rented trailer and then get underway to the border. Feeling this was our best option, I sent several emails and had received an estimate of $3000 (plus duty) for a 20 foot container. We don't need one that large, so I asked about consolidating the shipment and have had no further contact with them-I guess they don't consolidate? 

Anyway, I googled "shipping Nashville to Belize"--lo and behold, a local company was at the top of the list! Really? Our new local Belizean friend recommends and has used them without incident. So, I called Caribbean Shipping Services. Yes, they consolidate; yes, they will pick up; yes, they will store our shipment until we're ready to receive it; yes, we can send either in a barrel or a crate-doesn't matter the weight because it's going by boat. YES! They have several locations in the southeastern US (Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia) consolidating the Nashville shipments with the Atlanta location every 2 weeks and ship out through Miami. It will take 2-3 weeks until the shipment arrives in Belize City, we just have to pick it up at the docks and go through customs/duty. I'm sure it'll be an all day adventure but (per our new mantra) "what else do we have to do?"

We've decided to build a 40 cubic foot crate and send our stuff down with them. The grand total for our shipment will be $440 plus duty. They will pick up the crate within a couple of days notice.

Here's their information: www.caribbeanshippingservice.com








5 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this post. I found it very interesting and informative. Having the right shipping company is very important. I have been using Home Direct for some time now and their service has been excellent. I have no Home Direct complaints at all. Everything is running very smooth and I couldn't be happier.

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    1. Thanks Jake! Shipping items is stressful enough, having the right company can make all the difference! -babs

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  2. Does anyone have any information about home direct shipping to belize from Nashville, TN

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    1. I don't know of anyone who ships "home direct" to Belize, most everyone I have spoken with has had to meet their shipment at customs dock in Belize City. There are many shippers in Houston and Miami, but the only one we found in Nashville was Caribbean Shipping Services, if it is even possible to ship home direct, they would be the ones to ask and Lennox was extremely easy to work with!

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  3. We love BELIZE, such a great country to live. It is not very complicated to ship your goods to Belize once you know all the regulations.
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