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Old 04-10-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Help/ I need to ship a rum barrel

Title pretty much says it. Im looking to see if I can ship a rum barrel from San Juan PR to Connecticut. Barrel weighs 125lbs and is around 38in. by 26-30in. Thanks for the help and sorry if there are any spelling mistakes, the cockspur and coke has been going down real smooth tonight.
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I don't see any reason why you couldn't ship it. That being said, you are going to need to use a freight company and the costs can be pretty high.

I've shipped large things internationally which can be tricky. You generally need to hire a company that will act as your agent (customs broker) to move the shipment through customs. That can also add to the cost.
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Coming from Puerto Rico to the US there shouldn't be any customs charges required since Puerto Rico is part of the US and is taxed, unlike the Virgin Islands. Shipping something like that should be on a pallet and preferably shrink wrapped to avoid damage, since by the weight you're most likely talking about an empty barrel and depending on how long it has been empty could be quite fragile.
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Coming from Puerto Rico to the US there shouldn't be any customs charges required since Puerto Rico is part of the US and is taxed, unlike the Virgin Islands. Shipping something like that should be on a pallet and preferably shrink wrapped to avoid damage, since by the weight you're most likely talking about an empty barrel and depending on how long it has been empty could be quite fragile.
Ed, you are right. I was reading something last night regarding the need of a customs broker, which wouldn't seem to make sense in this case.
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One of the problems is going to be that it has to be transported to the port, shipped to Miami or NY and then trucked to your location. Unless you're in love with a Puerto Rican rum barrel and nothing else will do, I'd look to buy one in the states.
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ya, I have a feeling that you are right Ed, it will probably be too much $ for what its worth. I do appreciate the help, thank you guys.
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James,
one thing I thought of is that the barrel most likely originated on the mainland as a Bourbon barrel. So to save money it is probably best to find a former Bourbon barrel, which will be much cheaper and easier to ship to your location and then fill it with your favourite Puerto Rican rum or whatever else you are thinking of doing with it!! Good luck.
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Once again TheRumelier is absolutely right.
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Ya, I've got to see who's going down to kentucky and tennesse anytime soon and if they'd pick one up for me. It'll probably take a few favors for me to cash in on but you guys have the nack of it. What made me think of the PR barrels is because I know Bacardi gets rid of theirs for a whopping $5 a barrel when they are done with them. I was thinking for the price it might still be cheaper even with the shipping but I think your right. Mainland is still easier.
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I think you're coming to your senses. Besides what are you going to do with a 185 liter barrel?
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