Best way to send a container from US to Sosua?

zuma48

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What is the best way to send a container to Sosua from the US, the best price, and reliability...?

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windeguy

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People can suggest a mover that packs and loads the container in NC who delivers it to the port in Miami, and then a company from Miami to the DR who ships it here. Hopefully it is worth it. Without coming in during your first legal residency period, it probably won't be worth it because import duties without the right timing would be ASTRONOMICAL.
 
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jd426

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Has to be a 20 footer , no one ships 40 footers , astronomical cost to do so , unless you are a Business and set up for it .
 
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william webster

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You need a freight forwarder - I have done it

I used Benchmark in Essington PA

The 20ft shows up at your house.... you load
It goes to the dock and on to Caucedo or other port

In DR..... Hispaniola Freight - Wendoline de Pena

Perhap start w/ her and work backwards
You'll need her on arrival to do customs and home delivery
 

RDKNIGHT

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it's cheaper to buy the stuff state side than go threw all that .. they will price gouge you to death
 

johne

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Has to be a 20 footer , no one ships 40 footers , astronomical cost to do so , unless you are a Business and set up for it .
Yes to this! I recently bought a 40 footer (from the active port of Savannah Ga. ) and had it moved about 6 miles and placed on my lot to be used for material and equipment storage. That alone cost $300. Just to move. The container cost $2000 because of condition. Do they stack the 20' separate from the 40's during ocean trip? Come to think of it I don't think I have seen them stacked mixed together.
 

william webster

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My container (in 2008) was $4500 to ship..
PHL to Caucedo

I had movers pack it (extra).... it had my car in it too.
I drove that on.....ans strapped it down
 

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Take this into consideration your destination if you use an ocean container. A 20' container is best suited supposing that your final location is very rural or on a very narrow street in an urban location. The logistics of bringing a loaded container to your door still will be a logistical headache if there is no access road wiggle room.

Bring with you household goods that are necessary and make you comfortable. More goods mean more import taxes. Electric appliances have the highest tariffs. Dominican Customs oversees the unloading of household goods containers at the destination port. Everything is removed from the container and inspected. All packed boxes are opened. It is best you, friend(s), and the forwarder agents be at the inspection to observe and make comment. Many good eyes keep the workers honest. When inspection is over the taxes will be calculated. The shipment will not be released from Customs until evidence is provided the taxes have been paid.

Good luck!

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PJT

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windeguy

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Hopefully you are getting the idea of what a nightmare, under the best of circumstances this could be.

When I moved here full time in 2003, I had a 40 foot container sent from California to my house in Cabarete during the alleged duty free time period allowed a new resident. I had a lot of things one could not buy in the DR so I moved everything from my house in California (minus the snow skis).. I paid for packing and unpacking and moving into my house. The team in the DR just unloaded and did not unpack or move anything into may house. Sound familiar to anyone? I also had to go to the port and pay some fees in Santo Domingo even though there were no fees associated with a first shipment in (no car was shipped) and I was assured by the moving company no such trip to Santo Domingo would be needed. Sound familiar to anyone?
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Consider well such a decision unless these things are very special to you or cannot be had here easily.
 

william webster

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You must go to the port to identify the goods.

My inspection was for random pieces -
they asked to see just a few items on the list - not all

Yes, my car came off.... separate trip back to pay for and license it
under the resident program

Household items were transferred to a truck for immediate delivery to Cabrera
All goods carried inside and placed... incl a fridge

Hispaniola Freight oversaw and helped me all the way-
incl wheel grease a la Black Knight

They took me to get my placa too

I have no complaints about the service.
I knew no better.....my first encounter w/ bureaucracy ....
Went smoothly

Pick the right professionals- that's the ticket
 
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zuma48

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And the cost? thanks

You must go to the port to identify the goods.

My inspection was for random pieces -
they asked to see just a few items on the list - not all

Yes, my car came off.... separate trip back to pay for and license it
under the resident program

Household items were transferred to a truck for immediate delivery to Cabrera
All goods carried inside and placed... incl a fridge

Hispaniola Freight oversaw and helped me all the way-
incl wheel grease a la Black Knight

They took me to get my placa too

I have no complaints about the service.
I knew no better.....my first encounter w/ bureaucracy ....
Went smoothly

Pick the right professionals- that's the ticket
 

william webster

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Not counting my load by the local moving company to secure the cargo.

Not counting the car duty and placa

1st quote by somebody like Allied Van Lines was $12-14,000
 

johne

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Take this into consideration your destination if you use an ocean container. A 20' container is best suited supposing that your final location is very rural or on a very narrow street in an urban location. The logistics of bringing a loaded container to your door still will be a logistical headache if there is no access road wiggle room.

Bring with you household goods that are necessary and make you comfortable. More goods mean more import taxes. Electric appliances have the highest tariffs. Dominican Customs oversees the unloading of household goods containers at the destination port. Everything is removed from the container and inspected. All packed boxes are opened. It is best you, friend(s), and the forwarder agents be at the inspection to observe and make comment. Many good eyes keep the workers honest. When inspection is over the taxes will be calculated. The shipment will not be released from Customs until evidence is provided the taxes have been paid.

Good luck!

Regards,

PJT

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Wiggle room indeed. Depending on where it is going and blah blah blah, consider it being like a three point turn of your car (with a 40foot albatros on your back).
 

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I shipped a 20 footer from Houston in 2015. Said and done it was around 8-10gs.

Transport needed to get it to Houston too...from central Texas. Fully loaded.

It was pure hell getting it out of customs in the DR. They tore through every box. Complete assholiness.