After nearly 10 years at 3 bags every 3 months we finally decided on a Container for the rest of our stuff.....Lot's of patience, tons of paperwork and a little money.....
Door to Door through Crown International Shipping From Elk Grove California to TBCII San Pedro, Belize the total was $7,000 USD Included Crowns & Caribbean Queen Barge fees) other fees are customs, duty and a few Belikins. Depends under what immigration status you are granted.
Well, I have a 22 acres paid for and I want to move permanently. With the US economy going down and getting worst every day we ( my Family of 4 want to get out ) and start over. We have a land - working on getting house and planing to get all our stuff by ocean container maybe 2 of them from Miami to Belize City, The bad thing is we are in Seattle so we have to get all this ( 2 trucks included ) to Miami to put it it to container and a ship to Belize City. Any good info from anyone ? How to do it ? Thanks. Derek
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Ive American friends here that are shipping of the west coast via panama I understand it was cheaper than over land to Miami if your in Seattle you might be better usuing a Belize City shipping agent to do it for you, i was given this advice a few months back, use a local in Belize not a shipper in Seattle
I used Hyde shipping when we sent all our household goods to Belize. We began having things shipped to them in Miami months before the actual shipment to Belize was made. They did a great job and nothing was lost or misplaced and this was hundreds of items including six televisions, many small appliances, linens, and all the other things needed to completely furnish a 5,000 square foot house. All our problems began when things got to Belize and things started going missing at the port. I can't recommend to you highly enough to make sure you ship what you are going to need because you are not going to believe what the same things will cost in Belize and the very limited selection available. Good luck with your move. If you want any more advice pm me.
If you ship a whole container either 20 or 40 foot you should be able to arrange for customs inspection at the unloading point here on the Caye, so the Port Customs don't get a look in and you are there when it's unloaded and inspected at the same time. We did it from UK and it's a lot less daunting than it seems, but find a good Shipper - I'd def find one locally to where you are that is experienced or specialist in overseas house moving and also get in touch with Customs here as high up the chain as you can go to see the local procedure and fully understand Import Duty and import restrictions eg. will anything wood need a permit to be imported. Things like this may be what tips you on if you will bring certain items or not.
After talking to a few people , they suggest that you should just ship over what you need and get rid of the stuff that you dont. Makes things easier. Also suggested to buy a shipping container , have it shipped and when you are done with it sell it over in Belize.
I'm with you Phil....We had a great experience by using a local Broker. Ernesto Perera of Belize Customs Brokers. He met the container at the Port and did the hand off from Crown Shipping....He then got our container on a barge and had the Custom agents fly to the island and break the seal at our home.....Everything was inside just as we had packed it......Once unpacked he made arrangements to have the container returned to the shipper.....Hope this info helps....