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Old 22-03-2019, 07:10   #1
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BEST WAY TO GET PARTS TO THE BAHAMAS FAST?

I need the collective experience of the Bahama cruising community.

A friend of mine just contacted me from Staniel Cay with a burnout starter.

I have found a starter from our local Yanmar Dealer but now I have to ship it to him.

I have dealt with this before when I was in the Bahamas and remember it being a large expensive PIA.

I'm looking for suggestions from the cruisers that have had to get parts shipped from the USA to the Bahamas. Preferably, I would like to ship by air rather than slow boat.

Short of getting a ticket and hand delivering (my preferred method ) what are my other options?
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Old 22-03-2019, 07:15   #2
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Re: BEST WAY TO GET PARTS TO THE BAHAMAS FAST?

A little lazy googling reveals Makers Air flies to Staniel from ft lauderdale. Have your friend walk into their office, see if you can ship the part to their US base.
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A little lazy googling reveals Makers Air flies to Staniel from ft lauderdale. Have your friend walk into their office, see if you can ship the part to their US base.
Thank you Svan,

Yes, He is checking all flights from that end.

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Water maker air is not only the best way to Staniel Cay, itís about the only way.
Good thing he is in Staniel, it and George Town are about it for the Exumaís.

Of course make sure he provides a copy of his cruising permit, engine parts are duty free, and duty is 45%. He will also need an invoice, so make sure you send him one via email that he can have printed.

Send him to the Yacht club, I believe they either own Watermaker Air or have an association with them.
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Water maker air is not only the best way to Staniel Cay, itís about the only way.
Good thing he is in Staniel, it and George Town are about it for the Exumaís.

Of course make sure he provides a copy of his cruising permit, engine parts are duty free, and duty is 45%. He will also need an invoice, so make sure you send him one via email that he can have printed.

Send him to the Yacht club, I believe they either own Watermaker Air or have an association with them.
Thanks a64,

Your Information is all correct. I talked to Makers Air and they are great. Guaranteed delivery in 24hrs $3.50/lb. Can't beat that!

I am shipping the starter to them with all appropriate paperwork and they will get it to Staniel Cay.

This is much easier than it was for me 15 yrs ago in Marsh Harbor. Glad things have improved.

Thanks again to You and Svan
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He will need a bill, and pay the duty of 50% probably.

The bill could say: rebuild/repair starter solenoid, paint unit..
Part and labor.......................................$ 121

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He will need a bill, and pay the duty of 50% probably.

The bill could say: rebuild/repair starter solenoid, paint unit..
Part and labor.......................................$ 121

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Good information. I do recall that was one of the PIA I had. I will look it up, if possible.

I already planned on providing an invoice from my company.

Thank you

Edit: Talked to Makers air again - they are telling me $40 processing fee and 12% VAT

so thanks for the heads-up.
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yea- and the numbers need to be somewhat legit- you cannot say "used rebuilt $14"

I sent spare parts down with the date purchased (seven years previous) (spares standing by) and customs wanted the duty on the value today. Explanation was that if I had it at home I should have declared I had spares available before the "breakdown". I was so confused that I simply paid what they picked off the internet and called it a day.
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yea- and the numbers need to be somewhat legit- you cannot say "used rebuilt $14"

I sent spare parts down with the date purchased (seven years previous) (spares standing by) and customs wanted the duty on the value today. Explanation was that if I had it at home I should have declared I had spares available before the "breakdown". I was so confused that I simply paid what they picked off the internet and called it a day.
Yeah. Can't blame them, I guess it is one of their primary revenues. 12% is not ridiculous.

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Yeah. Can't blame them, I guess it is one of their primary revenues. 12% is not ridiculous.



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The 12% is on everything, itís VAT, for some reason engine parts are duty free, duty is 45%, so anything but engine parts, you pay shipping, brokers fees, and the guvmint gets 57% on top of what it cost.
To me, that is excessive, but if you look around, there are no real jobs, no industry at all, and I believe only about half the working age population have jobs, so the money has to come from somewhere.
I believe the numbers reflect US stats as well.
Itís like the almost $5 a gl for fuel, that is taxes, itís not what it cost to ship from Florida.
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Much depends on the Agent that is on duty...lol
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If the Bahamas follow "typical" rules, and the OP's friend is IN TRANSIT rather than Bahamian flagged...normally if the goods are prominently marked as "repair parts for yacht in transit" they would be exempted from import duty, as they are not being "imported" but will be continuing on with the yacht.

You'd need to check with the Bahamians to see if there is a specific magic phrase they want to see on that bill of lading.
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Re: BEST WAY TO GET PARTS TO THE BAHAMAS FAST?

Remember, in the Bahamas there is no income tax, capital gains tax, capital transfer tax or estate tax.
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Much depends on the Agent that is on duty...lol
It has been my experience that duty is payable on engine parts for a vessel in transit if the customs guy at the desk thinks it is. He got a little pissy with me when I directed him to the government website that says there is no duty on such parts and charged me anyway.
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I need the collective experience of the Bahama cruising community.

A friend of mine just contacted me from Staniel Cay with a burnout starter.

I have found a starter from our local Yanmar Dealer but now I have to ship it to him.

I have dealt with this before when I was in the Bahamas and remember it being a large expensive PIA.

I'm looking for suggestions from the cruisers that have had to get parts shipped from the USA to the Bahamas. Preferably, I would like to ship by air rather than slow boat.

Short of getting a ticket and hand delivering (my preferred method ) what are my other options?
Tell your friend to go to the yacht club and talk to Chubby.
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