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Old 16-01-2015, 20:08   #1
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Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

A friend broke down in the Bahamas, the Jabsco water pump on his Westerbeke 30 diesel failed. (New pump last year)
So I got a new pump overnight to my house in Florida and putting it on an airplane tomorrow so he can pick up at the Bimini Airport.
Afraid there may be red tape or custom hassles, but not sure.
Heard horror stories from other Island Paradises
Any recent experience on the above?
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Old 16-01-2015, 22:42   #2
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

Make sure to staple copies of his cruising permit to the box and it should get through customs fine. I haven't had any problems when shipping parts there.


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Old 16-01-2015, 22:43   #3
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

Or tape....


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Old 17-01-2015, 05:15   #4
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

There should be no problem as long as a copy of the current cruising permit is attached. Engine parts are duty free, but there may be other charges, such as agent fees and possibly VAT on the shipping costs.

I shipped in parts for my engine in Dec before VAT so I am not 100% sure about the additional cost.
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Old 17-01-2015, 05:34   #5
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

They have recently been refusing to allow sail related parts in duty free. A friend got ripped for close to 50% recently on running rigging. He is protesting through Nassau, we will see how far that goes. Anyway obvious engine parts usually make it with a copy of the crusing permit.
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Old 17-01-2015, 06:42   #6
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

Ouch...
He has not checked in yet, so no cruising permit.
Hopefully he will do it this morning.
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

We've heard nothing about changes in shipping replacement parts for our boats to the Bahamas. If you don't do the paperwork properly, they will assume it's just an import and charge accordingly. So don't ship without the proper customs paperwork, including a copy of the Cruising Permit. Take it out of the original package and put it in a plain brown box. Mark everything very clearly for Yacht In Transit, Replacement Parts. Chuck
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

Where in the Bahamas? Suggest he go to Customs where the part is coming into and give them a copy of the cruising permit. Better to get ahead of the problem. A friendly attitude before goes a long way.
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Um, I am in Freeport at the moment and I ordered a coupling and seals for my transmission. $285. Usually "Propulsion system parts" are only 10% duty. I didn't use my cruising permit as you need a broker ( about $100 ). The customs officer charged 45% duty, I had it shipped in the boats name, then she said "I don't know that it is a part of propulsion system" I brought her a printout of the parts catalogue, then she said the original bill hadn't had the name of my boat on it, etc. etc. I moved left, she moved right, and so on. If you are going to import, use cruising permit with a broker if it is expensive "Propulsion parts"ONLY!. Otherwise be ready to bite the bullet. I find the customs can be ignorant and once they have their back up, forget about it. Good luck with appealing to Nassau, the way they see it is the customs officer is doing their job and they stick together.
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

I had parts for my auto pilot sent from NJ to Nassau via USPS with no broker or anything like that. I had a copy of the cruising permit in the customs paperwork attached to the package. Took about ten days. After going to the main post office in Nassau to ask them how I would know when the package arrived, the man in charge told me he would call the marina I was staying at when it arrived. He called me the next day. Everyone in Customs was super nice and easy to deal with. It's on the bottom floor (around the corner) of the main post office.


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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

And the answer is "it depends". But without a cruising permit number you have little chance of getting it through.
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

Problem solved.
My buddy got the part today, no cruisimg permit and no duty.
I have a friend who know somebody who flies airplanes and the part was hand carried through TSA security at the FLL airport, then delivered to the pilot who dropped it of in The Bahamas to my buddy who was waiting at the airport.
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

As for doing it by the book:
These guys would take the part from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini for $1 per lbs, minimum $20.
Island Air Charters - Bahamas Charters - Bimini, Cat Cay Scheduled Flights - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Great price and great people, but their first flight to Bimini was Monday.
My buddy needed the part yesterday and I was glad to be able to pull some favors and get it over there today.
Don't know what went on after the plane landed in the Bahamas as far as custom fee/duties/crusimg permits, etc, but it went well and the Bahamians should be happy to host happy cruisers as they will return and spend more money cruising in the sun.
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Re: Shipping parts to the Bahamas?

No red tape at all. I had to have parts flown into Staniel Cay in the Exumas last February. Just have a copy of their cruising permit attached to the package. As stated there is no duty on engine repair parts.
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