Do you want to ship your vehicle to St. John from the United States
Shipping A Car To St. John
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Car shipping costs to St. John from the United States are most between $1,500 and $3,500.
- Normal sized vehicles (cars and small trucks) that are shipped from the East Coast have the lowest overall transport rates to the island.
St. John is by far the wealthiest and most affluent island in the US Virgin Islands (USVI). In fact, it is often referred to as the “Beverly Hills of the Caribbean.” St. John is home to Trunk Bay which is considered among the top ten beaches in the entire world. It is also the most undeveloped and therefore has much more natural beauty than St. Thomas and St. Croix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John,_U.S._Virgin_Islands). If you intend to export your vehicle to St. John, there is a specific procedure you must follow. However, because the USVI is considered US territory, it is actually much easier to ship there as opposed to other international destinations.
Before you decide to ship your vehicle, you should determine if it is the most cost efficient route to take. You will want to determine if there are mechanics on the island that are able to service your vehicle, and also, if your vehicle will be able to handle the often rough terrain and poorly cared for roads on St. John. You should, however, keep in mind that public transportation on the island is not reliable and taxis can be very expensive. Finally, if you choose to ship your vehicle, enlist the help of a reputable auto transport company as they can make the process so much easier.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To St. John
- Customs: After arriving in St. John, your first stop will be customs. The vehicle’s origin will determine if you owe any duties. If the vehicle’s VIN starts with 1, 4, or 5, it is US made and no duty is owed. If the VIN begins with 2 or 3, duty owed is 6% of vehicle’s value.If the VIN begins with 6 or a letter, the duty is 3.5% of the value.
- Internal Revenue Office (http://www.vibir.gov/): The next stop is the Internal Revenue Office where you will need to pay a road tax of 16 cents per pound of vehicle weight. The Bill of Lading, as provided by your shipping company, will be required at this point.
- Department of Motored Vehicles (http://www.usvibmv.org/): You must obtain a moving permit from the DMV before transporting your vehicle away from the arrival dock. The fee for this permit is $5 and will allow you to transport an unregistered vehicle to the DMV to complete an inspection and proceed with registration. (Please note that your vehicle must be insured prior to obtaining this permit)
- Finally, the vehicle must pass a DMV inspection before you can register it.
- Bill of lading
- Proof of insurance & registration
Helpful Tips and Important Info:
- There are a number of documents you should keep handy in order to expedite this process, including vehicle’s current registration, the bill of lading, free and clear vehicle title, stateside driver’s license, and commercial invoice or bill of sale.
- Make sure to hold on to all of your receipts for any duties and taxes you pay throughout the entire procedure. You will need them to register your vehicle.
- Obtaining a Virgin Island driver’s license is as easy as trading in your United States driver’s license. There are no tests required!
- The US Virgin Islands are the only US territory where you will drive on the left side of the road. Please be vigilant and cautious as you adjust to this change in technique.
Finally, as import rules and regulations are constantly changing, it is important to contact the US Customs Department directly to obtain the most current and up-to-date information. It is also crucial that you select an auto transport company with a superior reputation and a proven track record.
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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