15 Jun 2014Blog

8 Barbados Lifestyle Gadgets on Amazon & How to Get Them Here

by Monique

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I love shopping, but choice is limited on this little rock and many top brands are simply unavailable. So I frequently find myself ordering online and shipping via Miami. If you’re looking for reliable US consolidation service, check out Barrel Benefits and tell them I sent you. Not only is Branka, the owner, reliable and affordable, but she also has lots of experience shipping to Barbados and can guide you through the whole process and connect you with the right shippers and brokers.

For brokerage, we always use CACS. Nordia Alkins, Office Manager, is professional, efficient and is “on your side” regarding duties.

Barbados customs allow barrels for personal effects with a one time duty fee for the whole barrel. Be careful though, they are always watching for folks trying to abuse the system and ship commercial goods in barrels. Here are a few tips for barrel shipping:

  • Always use a personal name as the consignee, not a business name.
  • Might be a little paranoid on this next tip, but our costs have always been less when I use my name as opposed to my ex-pat boyfriend.
  • Be accurate when describing the goods to your broker. This is really important, because your broker may well ask for information about what is contained in the barrel. This information is then passed on to customs who will occasionally open up barrels and check. If they find ANY surprises, they will hit you hard with duties. Really worth spending some time listing all the categories items your shipping as it’s very easy to forget when ordering and consolidating over a few weeks.
  • Experiment with the process, shippers and brokers and track your costs.

And here’s some ideas for useful island products to wet your appetite. Have fun!

Stand Up Paddleboard

Some great options from Naish on Amazon for beginners, advanced and inflatables for those with limited storage space.

Stand Up Paddleboard

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