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Moving to U.S. Virgin Islands is a major transition for anyone, and there will be plenty to consider and prepare for before you head across the globe.

The last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of a complicated move, especially when it comes to documentation, Customs regulations and shipping services.

Which is why you shouldn't have to worry about it. Instead, let us tackle the tough stuff for you.

International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to U.S. Virgin Islands as seamless as possible, by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more.

We'll be there with you each and every step of your move abroad, from packing and crating your goods, to shipping them overseas and assisting you through the complicated overseas documentation process.

All you need to do is give us a call so we can get started with an on-site estimate. We'll take care of everything else.

Here's how we get the job done:

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to U.S. Virgin Islands


To start, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a one-on-one consultation with you, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on certain criteria, such as:
  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in U.S. Virgin Islands?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
  • Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

What Will Moving to U.S. Virgin Islands Cost?


For the most accurate estimate of your total shipment size, you should schedule an in-home survey as early as possible for your move to U.S. Virgin Islands.

Don't wait until the last possible moment, contact International Sea & Air Shipping today. You won't regret the decision.

After we hear from you, our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best estimate possible to expedite your relocation.

The cost of moving to U.S. Virgin Islands will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time so it's extremely important that you work with an agent so they can give you the most accurate quote.

Ready to start budgeting for your international move?

Give us a call, and don't forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!

About U.S. Virgin Islands


The Virgin Islands of the United States (known also as the United States Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Virgin Islands) are a group of islands located in the Caribbean.

Part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the main islands are Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas, Water Island and smaller surrounding minor islands, none of which practice daylight savings time.

The majority of the population (106,405 residents in 2010) is Afro-Caribbean. While the official language is English, Virgin Islands Creole is spoken in informal situations - Spanish and French Creole are also widely spoken.

Over two million tourists visit the island each year and for that reason the primary economic activity is tourism.

Can't wait to get started with your overseas relocation to U.S. Virgin Islands? First, find out what you'll need to clear Customs.



Customs Regulations for U.S. Virgin Islands

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
  • Completed U.S. Custom's form
  • Power of attorney (original)
  • Photo identification (two copies)
  • Bill of Lading
  • Inventory (signed by owner)
  • Freight bill (signed by owner)
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
  • Customer must be in U.S. Virgin Islands during the clearance process
  • Customer should also be present for the Customs process
PROHIBITED ITEMS

In U.S. Virgin Islands, some articles may not be imported in a customer's baggage whatsoever. These items (for residents of the United States and non-residents) include, but may not be limited to:
  • Explosives
  • Meat or meat products (dried, canned, etc.)
  • Narcotics and certain medicines containing prohibited substances
  • Absinthe or any alcohol containing artemisia absinthium
  • Plants, seeds, vegetables and fruits
  • Soil, livestock and animals pests
  • Bacteria cultures, fungi specimens, viruses and other biological samples used for research (allowed with APHIS permit)
  • Unprepared fish and fish eggs
  • Imports from embargoed countries (Iran, Myanmar, Sudan)
  • Leather souvenirs imported from Haiti (drums)
  • Endangered wildlife species, monkeys and products made from endangered species
  • Cultural artefacts from Byzantine period, pre-Columbian period, Khmer sculptures (unless with permission)
  • Dog and cat fur
  • Items infringing trademark and copyright regulations
  • Pornographic materials
  • Lottery tickets
RESTRICTED/DUTIABLE ITEMS

Some articles may have restricted quantities or require special authorization/ payments of duties and taxes to clear customs in U.S. Virgin Islands. These items include, but are not limited to:
  • Firearms (must state serial number; advanced clearance and written arrangements from U.S. Virgin Islands's law enforcement agencies are required for import; can come only as a main baggage)
  • Alcohol - wine and liquor (taxable when imported to the mainland)
  • Medication (must be accompanied by a prescription or letter from a personal physician)
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS

In U.S. Virgin Islands, the following rules apply to importing motor vehicles:
  • Personal items cannot be held within the vehicle
  • All automobiles are subject to inspection
  • Vehicles are subject to tax and Customs duties
For importation, you will need the following documents:
  • Title certificate (original)
  • Registration (original)
  • Customer's driver's license (copy with Social Security number stating physical and postal address in U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Notarized letter from lienholder showing VIN number, model, make and copy of title
  • Commercial invoice for vans and pickups
  • Customs Form 3299 (if originating from foreign country)
  • Certificate of compliance with U.S. Federal EPA and DOT regulations - Form 3520 (if car imported from foreign country)
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS

When importing a pet to U.S. Virgin Islands, they will need to have the following documentation:
  • Cats and dogs must be accompanied by…
    • A health certificate, issued at point of origin within 30 days (certificate must state that animals has lived in an area which has not been under quarantine due to contagious, infectious or transmissible disease)
    • A rabies certificate issued within six months (only if the animal is over four months old)
  • Birds require a health certificate issued before shipment.
    • The certificate must state that the birds were found free of psittcosis or ornithosis
DUTY AND TAX RATE PERCENTAGE

When moving to U.S. Virgin Islands permanently, shipments from the mainland are subject to excise taxes. Items deemed to be non-essential will be taxed at a rate of 6.6 percent of the value declared by customers. Taxable goods include:
  • Furniture
  • Books and clothing
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Computers
  • Sporting goods items
  • Musical instruments
  • New items
  • Electrical items
  • Carpeting
  • Cameras
  • Toys
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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U.S. Virgin Islands

FlagEmblem
Motto : United in Pride and Hope
Capital : Charlotte Amalie
National Anthem : "Virgin Islands March"

Geography

Location : Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Area : Total : 1,910 sq km

Land : 346 sq km
Water : 1,564 sq km

Climate : Subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November

People

Nationality : Virgin Islander(s) (US citizens)
Population : 109,666 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : CHARLOTTE AMALIE(18,914), Charlotte Amalie West(5,146), Christiansted(3,000)
Languages : English 74.7%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 16.8%, French or French Creole 6.6%, Other 1.9% (2000 census)

Economy

GDP : $1.577 billion (2004 est.)
Exchange Rates : The US dollar is used

Transportation

Airports : 2 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 1,260 km (2008)
Waterways : N/A
Ports & Terminals : Charlotte Amalie, Christiansted, Cruz Bay, Frederiksted, Limetree Bay


    

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