Shipping via the USPS (United States Postal System) is always the best way to go. The Virgin Islands are considered “Domestic” shipping as we are part of the United States. Uniquely, we are a US Territory OUTSIDE the US Customs Zone, which means you’ll still need to fill out some forms. It also means duty-free shopping here!!. However, because we are outside the customs zone, UPS and Fed Ex consider us International and can charge 2 to 3 times the rates of USPS.
Check in advance with your resort, hotel and/or villa manager to see if they will accept packages on your behalf prior to your wedding and how the package(s) should be addressed. You’ll also want to check to see how much in advance they will accept shipments and what, if any, receiving and storage fees may be applied. Most villas do not have residential mail drop, but rather have PO boxes. So be sure to have all the correct mailing particulars in advance.
- We recommend shipping USPS PRIORITY MAIL or EXPRESS if you are short on time. Both of these options include tracking. You should also consider Insurance if you are shipping something valuable (be sure to have receipts). Priority mail can still take a couple of weeks (they don’t guarantee timing), so Receipt confirmation can help you track items (and seems to make them go a little faster). If you need something to get here QUICKLY then ship it Express mail which can still take 2-3 days depending on the time of day you ship it.
- You can also consider shipping via a freight-forwarder like VI Cargo www.vicargo.com This can be a great option to take advantage of “free shipping” in the US (you ship to their location in Medley, FL). There is a fee for shipping to St Croix, but it is often much less than UPS or FedEx.
- Important info about VI Cargo: Their weekly cutoff for sailing is noon on Wednesday. Anything arriving by then will sail on the weekend and be available for pickup the following mid week in St. Croix. Items over 16′ have a slightly earlier deadline of 4:30pm on Tuesday to make that weeks shipment.
- You MUST then email or fax a copy of your invoice to VI Cargo.
Email :: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax :: 340-778-6462
- You will need to arrange with someone on the island to pick up the items or pick them up yourself during business hours when you arrive on the island.
- You may also want to weight out the value of simply packing everything in a separate suitcase and paying the additional baggage fees when you travel down to the islands. Depending upon how much you have to ship, this can also be an economic option.