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Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping

Posted By: collyk

Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/28/06 05:22 PM

Hi all,

We are getting everything ready for our move and are now trying to find a freight company that ships to Belize. This would seem simple but I have had a hard time finding one. If any of you guys have any recommendations for companies that do freight (by sea) to Belize from the UK and will take less than a whole container (this is all we seem to be able to get quotes for), please let me know either on the forum or by private message. Thanks in advance for your help...and a promise of several Belikins for a good lead.
Posted By: Phil

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/28/06 10:06 PM

Bit out of date as we did it five years ago. Used a company called Express Removals or Express something or other. I can dig out the details if you need them - email me from web site. They were brilliant. Came to the house in London the day before we left & packed everything individually ie each plate cup etc crated up the bigger stuff and put it in the container outside in the street - not one thing was broken on arrival. We did however have a full (FCL?) 20 foot container. Thought we would only need partial container and probably did as some stuff is still in the boxes!!!!You can do partial containers (PCL ?)too but more agro. Has to come via Florida (Port Everglades or Fort Lauderdale from memeory, not Miami) and then on to Belize City and then here. Took a week or so. Not sure how duty works on private belongings these days but you might want to look into if you haven't - it could be a nasty surprise when they charge you big$ on arrival for your things.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/29/06 07:24 AM

Thanks so much. I will drop you an email. We have disposed of most of our personal belongings before leaving so the only thing that will be in this shipment are books, art materials, art and photos. We just took the last of our stuff to the charity shop this week. So hopefully, customs won't find our stuff very valuable.
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/29/06 01:07 PM

You could fill up the rest of the container with cheese! Sounds like it would be welcomed! ha ha! wink laugh
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/29/06 03:05 PM

Sharp, Barb! laugh
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/29/06 04:04 PM

You wouldn't want to do a curry addict a favour would you? I'd love a box of Patak's Korma Paste, Canned Tikka Masala Sauce, Mild Curry Paste and Rogan Josh Paste and a couple of packs of assorted Pappadums. Just a couple of each and I'll be forever in your debt.

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Posted By: collyk

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/30/06 05:38 PM

Barbara, That made me laugh. I'd be scared of being trampled in a riot when I landed it from the sound of things.

Simon, How could I turn down what sounds like a desperate man. I'll do my best.

Thanks all, and especially Casa Caracol - you guys have been a huge help.

I brought Bisto to someone we know last time we were there. Such simple things, create such happiness. (for those not in the know, Bisto is a traditional British powdered gravy mix...personally I think it is disgusting)
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 03/30/06 06:10 PM

Depending how far short of a full container you are it would make a lot of sense to ship a whole container, and get to keep the container afterwards. They're worth far more here than you would pay for a used one there. If you have a whole container it's shipped sealed to the island and opened here with you present - no pilfering. It's also a whole load quicker.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 04/04/06 06:08 AM

What do you do with the container once you've opened it? We are just renting a place and have no place for storage? Thanks for your advice.
Posted By: dabunk

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 04/04/06 12:45 PM

There is a big market here for containers. You either use it to store your things or there will be several people asking to buy it from you.
Posted By: collyk

Re: Question for Brits on Ambergris about shipping - 04/04/06 03:55 PM

That is certainly food for thought although I still would worry about where I would keep it until I could sell it. Oh and how much extra would it cost, do you think, to get it from Belize City to San Pedro? Thanks for your input guys!
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