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Marutti
5/20/2018 00:06 EST

dear all non residents of Jamaica:

has anybody sent their belongings (furniture, cutlery, musical instruments, books) via cargo ship to JA (mobay area) ? i know some expats recommend shipping their homes and i myself figured, that it might actually be much cheaper to do so, if I found a way to a kid paying taxes at customs. does anybody know how to do it and what documents to present ? my kids go to school here and i am in the process of selling my property in the states. i have a huge three bedroom back on the states and most of my furniture is in good condition, not only won't i be able to afford most of those things buying in JA, i just downright cant find here the stuff I want (piano, drums, huge library). do you know how can i move all of it to JA without paying tens of thousands to bring it in ?

please, refrain from rhetorical questions re why dont i want to live in the states and what the heck am i doing in JA. i love it here, i live here and everything is roses and peaches. just want to bring all my stuff with me, instead of selling it for cheap there and buying unsatisfactory furniture here.

thank you in advance!
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Peachez1999
5/22/2018 00:00 EST

Hi, Marutti. I'm shipping my household next month through a company by the name of Johnston Storage and Moving Co. I do not want to bother with customs on my own so I hired a company. I considered selling my items in the states but there are no Pottery Barns in Jamaica. :-). The shipping and cost will be well worth it. I'm moving to be with my fiance. If I knew a way to move without tens of thousands I'd tell you. I've searched for every loop hole.

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Shpata
5/30/2018 22:54 EST

Hi Peachez,
Will you have them pack up your household, or are you doing your own packing. Also, are there certain things that are not allowed to be shipped. And if you don't mind telling me, what is the price range for shipping your belongings. I have a six room apartment, with outdoor furniture, grills, umbrellas, etc.

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