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Old 27-02-2005, 11:22   #1
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Yacht Transport / USVI

Ahoi All,

My German flagged boat is currently laying in the Mediterranean but I intend to bring her to the Carribean using a Yacht Transportation Agency. I am a German citizen with Permanent Residence (green card) in the US. Port of arrival will likely be St.Thomas, USVI.

I found it difficult to find information on entry-formalities: Are there any customs- port- or other taxes/fees assessed by the USVI? Fellow-sailors told me horrifying stories of boats being considered imports when entering via cargo-ship, causing substantial taxes. Does anybody have information on these matters?

Does anybody have recommendations on Marinas either in the USVI or Puerto Rico, preferably with Internet presence?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Yacht Transport / USVI

Hi Morski,
St Thomas customs is hassle free. Clearance will be done by the vessels shipping agent. You can find out more on the website of Sevenstar Yacht Transport - destinations - St Thomas.
It says:Your yacht will enter or depart St. Thomas, VI. as cargo, duty free, with no additional charges to you. You do not have to submit any other documentation to Customs for your yacht as cargo. The yacht carrier will provide all documents that are required to move your yacht as cargo.

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Perhaps a Cruising Permit for the US is all you need.?
German friends with a sailboat in Florida had to get a Cruising Permit, $15.00 seems to ring a bell, but that was a few years ago.
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Re: Yacht Transport / USVI

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Perhaps a Cruising Permit for the US is all you need.?
German friends with a sailboat in Florida had to get a Cruising Permit, $15.00 seems to ring a bell, but that was a few years ago.
There is no charge for a US cruising permit. If you don't have a decal they'll charge under $20 for clearing in. Don't think this charge will apply to cargo though.
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