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Moving, Packing, and Shipping to the Virgin Islands


  • Relocating and shipping your belongings does not have to a logistical nightmare! Here at Sea Glass we have all the tips and information on how to make your move stress free!


  • Seasonal / Temporary Resident
  • If this will not be a permanent move for you, carefully pick what you decide to have shipped here. The climate here is very different than in the states, so if you live close to the water the antique grandfather clock can get covered in mildew. Before moving, consider having a yard sale. For the more important furnishings, consider having a family member hold on to them or a climate controlled storage unit.

  • Small Items 
  • The US Postal Service is your new best friend! With flat rate priority shipping boxes in sizes small, medium, and large if it fits you can ship! Heavy knick – knacks, books, clothes, dishes, pictures, remember if it fits it ships! These are my favorite because they arrive in about 7 days.


  • Bigger Items
  • For bigger items I recommend going to your local hardware store and buying some heavy duty packing boxes. Postage cost will vary amongst states, but I assure you this is the most affordable way to go if you do not have a household of stuff to send. Each box can weigh no more than 70 pounds. These boxes do not ship priority, they ship standard post so expect them to take 3-6 weeks to arrive here in the VI.


  • Other Options 
  • Check with your airlines, sometimes it is cheaper when flying to the Virgin Islands to upgrade to first class and get your bags checked in for freer rather than spending a bunch of money on baggage fees


  • I am coming to stay & want to bring it all!
  • You will want to look into companies that ship large amounts of cargo. You can get quotes from different companies to find the one that will best suit your moving needs.


  • Blue Ocean Transport
  • Shipping Company
  • Phone: 305. 428.2735
  • “We are a licensed ocean shipping company specializing in transporting cargo from between the U.S. Mainland & the Virgin Islands. We ship Commercial Cargo, Household Goods & Vehicles. These include the shipment of: Full Containers, Pallets, Boxes, Crates, Cars, Boats, Heavy Equipment & Machinery. We offer a comprehensive shipping service, including the pickup of cargo from their origin, ocean freight services, documentation and insurance. Our management has over 20 years of shipping experience to the Caribbean that will benefit you. Please call us or email to answer your questions or provide you with a free quote on your shipment.” 

  • “Welcome to the Virgin Islands! We’re happy that you are thinking about joining us here and that you’re doing some homework ahead of time. With over thirty years of experience in shipping to the Virgin Islands, International Logistics Solutions is well prepared to assist you in your move. Your relocation here can be stressful, we can take away some of that stress. If you are moving your car, your boat, your entire household or just a few boxes, we can make it less painful. Please drop us an email or give us a call and we will get right back to you!”

  • “Tropical Shipping made its maiden voyage to Freeport in 1963, with its landing craft the MV Tropic Ace, carrying machinery and building supplies. Today, Tropical operates ships from Canada and South Florida to The Bahamas and Caribbean, as well as providing inter-island transportation services throughout the region. Our customers transport everything imaginable – and we handle it all, from small packages to millions of tons of grocery products and building materials.”



  • Happy Packing Everyone!
  •  -Sarah
Moving, Packing, and Shipping to the Virgin Islands
Written by: Sarah
Date Published: 07/26/2014
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