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    Smile Shipping Dominican Made Wrought Iron Railings to the US (Florida)

    I am having several heavy "wrought" iron railings made near Santiago. Not enough to fill a 20' container but too much to send it by air.

    I need a shipping "consolidator" (crate shipping) who can also handle EXPORT from the DR and also the adequate paper work preparations to import into the US (it's going to West Palm Beach, FL), if possible taking advantage of CAFTA since it's all made in the DR with DR iron. Customs broker AND shipper... I don't know how to call it.

    Recommendations as well as warn offs (negatives PM only please, so to limit the mudslinging).

    Thanks! ... J-D.

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    Try Chatelain Cargo or Rosa del Monte or Hispaniola Freight.

    Chatelain came from a thread here about heavy equipment

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    You may be better served if you contact a reputable Customs House Broker / Shipment Consolidator from Miami that deals with freight originating from the DR.

    They will have the information to include CH agents and shippers they associate with in the DR.



    Regards,

    PJT

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    Even if it is not enough to fill a 20' container, that still may be the most economical way. I ship 40 footers all the way to Jacksonville
    for US1,500.00 all in.

    Other option would be LCL via someone like CaribeTrans to Miami, then common carrier to PB.

    As far as CAFTA, There is No steel made here in the D.R., all steel is imported, if not finished, then
    rolled out from billets by one of the 2 rolling mills here, which are mostly imported from Ukraine,
    Turkey or Brasil.


    I used to fabricate Wrought iron in the USA, do not know why in earth it makes any sense to fabicate it here and ship it to there on such a small scale.

    Although there are some talented fabricaters here, that produce some very nice products, there is no doubt better quality in the U.S.A.

    Even some of the very nice looking steel fabrications, such as verjas, purtas or what ever, look nice, nearly always the actuall handiwork quality is subpar, such as light welds, poor fits, open hollows that allow in water and the poorest of all is allways the painting, priming over dirt, grease and rust with oxido rojo does not make a quality long lasting paint job.

    If your guy at least wipes done the steel with thinner prior to primer, but still that is subparllocal quality at it's best and is better than most, but is till very inadaquate.

    g'luck with this.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Try Chatelain Cargo or Rosa del Monte or Hispaniola Freight.

    Chatelain came from a thread here about heavy equipment
    Thanks William.
    Would you happen to have some contact information?

    Thanks! ... J-D.

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    they all have good websites JD...... it was Caribetorno who used Chatelain

    I have used Hispaniola Freight and Rosa del Monte is a well known mudanza and freight company .

    Just google them

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    Caribe Trans. Used them for 6 years. They can do partials.
    Caribetrans, S.A.S

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    Quote Originally Posted by donluis99 View Post
    Even if it is not enough to fill a 20' container, that still may be the most economical way. I ship 40 footers all the way to Jacksonville
    for US1,500.00 all in.

    Other option would be LCL via someone like CaribeTrans to Miami, then common carrier to PB.

    As far as CAFTA, There is No steel made here in the D.R., all steel is imported, if not finished, then
    rolled out from billets by one of the 2 rolling mills here, which are mostly imported from Ukraine,
    Turkey or Brasil.


    I used to fabricate Wrought iron in the USA, do not know why in earth it makes any sense to fabicate it here and ship it to there on such a small scale.

    Although there are some talented fabricaters here, that produce some very nice products, there is no doubt better quality in the U.S.A.

    Even some of the very nice looking steel fabrications, such as verjas, purtas or what ever, look nice, nearly always the actuall handiwork quality is subpar, such as light welds, poor fits, open hollows that allow in water and the poorest of all is allways the painting, priming over dirt, grease and rust with oxido rojo does not make a quality long lasting paint job.

    If your guy at least wipes done the steel with thinner prior to primer, but still that is subparllocal quality at it's best and is better than most, but is till very inadaquate.

    g'luck with this.............
    major point, about workmanship. look at every gate in POP, and they are all rotting along the joints of metal. maybe the salt in the air has something in it, but why would you not have a guy in the US do it?

    Dominican workmen have their own particular way of doing things. i brought in a direct current power supply from Colorado, and took it to a "tecnico" to solder the power mains inlet, and the dc out tap. there are four terminals that have to be strapped, and i told him, several times, that it is critical for regulation. well, he just ignored me, and did it his way. before i paid him, i demanded that he put the voltmeter on it, across the dc. sure enough, it was fluctuating. guys here do things just well enough to get them to work, nothing more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the gorgon View Post
    Dominican workmen have their own particular way of doing things.
    Indeed.
    Good Dominican welders exist, mainly in big companies in SD (where I had a large diesel tank welded) or Stgo.

    Local guys only 'glue' things together and their "terminación" leaves a lot to be desired.

    Let me show you a detail of an iron door that I designed.
    Unless the welding joints are done nicely, the strength and the design suffers.
    Finally the whole door needs to be dipped in hot zinc.
    In this country having iron work painted is a waste of time and money.



    donP

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