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Need advice on bringing food and liquor to JVD from STT!

Wandering swan
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I am flying to STT next week and plan on taking the ferry over to JVD.Because of schedule not sure if I am taking direct ferry from Red Hook or transferring from Charlotte Amalie to West End in Tortola.First,is there a grocery store close to ferry landing by West End?Secondly,if I shop for groceries in STT any taxes for importing liquor/food from USVI to BVI?

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Topic starter Posted : January 5, 2014 11:22 pm
Alana33
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My niece lived in Tortola and she would come over to STT to grocery shop occasionally but she had to pay duty on whatever she bought back into the BVI. She considered it cheaper sometimes to do so.
I don't recall any supermarket on West End but you might call whichever place you are staying at in JVD and ask them about purchasing supplies whether in Tortola, JVD or STT and duty as they would know best.

Don't forget you have to lug all the stuff so may be better to bring a cooler with meats, etc. from home (no dry ice allowed on plane) and buy only what you'll really need here. STT is expensive to buy groceries, Tortola more so and I'd imagine same for Jost.

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Posted : January 6, 2014 9:12 am
rose
 rose
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I have assumed that I would not be able to bring any fresh fruits to Jost due to going through customs.
I never have any problem bringing them to St. John since that is US to US. Does anyone know if this would be allowed? I usually bring my own blueberries and cheeses and crackers and coffee when going directly to St. John but this year as I have said we are going to Jost first. Just had a thought, St John probably would not let me bring fresh fruit from Jost..

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Posted : January 6, 2014 4:50 pm
SeaBreeze19
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Customs - Importation of Food

http://www.bvitourism.com/entry-requirements

Maybe this website will help.

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Posted : January 6, 2014 5:18 pm
rose
 rose
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Thanks I will check this out.

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Posted : January 6, 2014 9:40 pm
Alana33
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Prominent Member

I don't know about bringing fresh produce in from Jost but you could probably call Customs Service in St. John to inquire. 340-776-6741

Here the number for the BVI Ports Authority at 284-494-3435.

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Posted : January 7, 2014 9:42 am
rose
 rose
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Thanks for all the info.

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Posted : January 7, 2014 10:10 pm
Wandering swan
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Thanks for the info..we are camping at White Bay so will try and bring what's practical.Good idea on the cooler!

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Topic starter Posted : January 7, 2014 11:13 pm
Island_Girl_08
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Hello Wandering swan, I have camped lots of times in White Bay at Ivan's. Bobby's Market on Tortola will ship your groceries over on the ferry to JVD. Then you will just have to go to the ferry dock to pick your supplies up.

www.bobbysmarketplace.com
Or call them at 284-495-2140

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Posted : January 20, 2014 4:59 pm
STT Resident
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Island Expert

I checked the prices at Bobby's online a couple of years ago and they were pretty comparable to prices on STT. Some items were higher, some were lower but overall there didn't appear to be a big enough difference to warrant schlepping groceries over (and paying customs duties, ferry baggage fees and additional taxi surcharges for extra bags).

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Posted : January 22, 2014 9:25 pm
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