Do you want to ship your vehicle to St. Croix from the United States?
Shipping A Car To St. Croix
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- For most standard vehicle types, it will cost from $1,600 to $3,800 to ship a car to St. Croix from the United States.
- Shipping to the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas is usually cheaper from the eastern part of the U.S.
St. Croix is the largest island in the US territory known as the US Virgin Islands (USVI). One of the main points of interest is the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. While well-renowned for its natural beauty and ecological phenomenon, it also holds the only site where members of a Columbus expedition arrived that is now considered US territory.
Prior to exporting your vehicle, it is important to do a little research to ensure that bringing your vehicle to the island is truly the best option. Many of the roads in St. Croix are in ill-repair, and although it is very difficult to get around without a vehicle, you must determine if your vehicle will be able to withstand the driving conditions and elements. Otherwise, the public transportation is not consistent and their limited taxi service can be expensive in the long run. Finally, you will need to enlist the support of a dependable auto transport company to help you through the process.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To St. Croix
- Commercial Invoice or bill of sale
- Bill of Lading
- Stateside driver’s license
- Current registration
- Vehicle Title (If the title is not available, you will need to obtain a notarized document from the lienholder giving you permission to transport the vehicle to St. Croix)
- Valid passport
CUSTOMS: Upon arriving in St. Croix, your first stop will be the Customs Department. If your vehicle is manufactured in the US, no duty fees will be payable at this time. You can determine the origin by inspecting the vehicle’s VIN. A VIN beginning with 1, 4, or 5 indicates the origin is the United States and can be imported duty-free. A VIN beginning with any other digits or letters will be subject to a duty fee of up to 6% of the vehicle’s value, as determined by the Bill of Sale or, if not available, the pertinent Kelley Blue Book figure.
INTERNAL REVENUE OFFICE: The next stop is the Internal Revenue Office where road tax is calculated by determining the vehicle’s weight, as stated on the Bill of Lading, and calculating out 16 cents per pound.
DEPARTMENT OF MOTORED VEHICLES (DMV): Prior to removing your vehicle from the port, you will need to obtain a $5 moving permit which will allow you to transport your vehicle to the DMV for inspection. Please note that you will only be eligible for this permit if valid insurance is already in place.
The final step is registration which can be completed by supplying all the pertinent documents, including any receipts obtained, to the DMV and paying registration fees. You will also need to trade in your stateside driver’s license for a US Virgin Islands driver’s license. Please be aware that you will drive on the LEFT side of the road on St. Croix, so make sure you are extremely diligent and cautious while adjusting to this change. Lastly, the difference between making this process a smooth transition or a much more difficult one can be directly related to selecting the best auto transport company.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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