OK, got my package this morning.
Even though the good people at St Brendans Isle attached a copy of our cruising permit
to every invoice in the box, and even though I email
my crusing permit
to the Nassau
DHL person in advance, the box still got held up in customs
The good people at Top II Bottom were the key to expediting everything. They called Nassua DHL and gave them a nudge when needed. After Nassau DHL got my cruising permit and duty was assessed, they did not send send me a message telling me about the duty. I went to Top II Bottom, they called Nassau, gave Nassau my credit card number and got everything moving using colorful Bahamas
language the people in Nassau could understand.
In the end I paid $15 duty plus a $25 handling fee on about $700 worth of stuff. The duty was assessed on the two replacement Australian flags
I purchased. No duty on the stuff obviously needed for the boat - sail repair supplies, head
rebuilt kit, halyard
, zincs and rope
My friend who had his father-in-law bring in his stuff eventually got out of paying most of his duty but he spent a lot of time on the phone
with Nassau customs
but it took about two weeks.
Working through Top II Bottom was much easier.