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Bringing Liquor to BVI #212332
12/27/2019 08:08 PM
12/27/2019 08:08 PM
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Totowa, NJ
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We will be chartering a catamaran in February 2020 and we are thinking about bringing several bottles of liquor from home. Can anyone tell me if there is a duty that we would have to pay when bringing it into EIS airport?

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Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212333
12/27/2019 08:09 PM
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Why bring sand to the beach?
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Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212335
12/27/2019 08:17 PM
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I thought it would save us a little because we are bringing a checked bag anyway.

Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212336
12/27/2019 08:22 PM
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Nope..bad idea..buy local at decent prices.

Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: GeorgeC1] #212338
12/27/2019 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by GeorgeC1
Why bring sand to the beach?
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+1...

That is funny

Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212339
12/27/2019 08:44 PM
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The duty will be anywhere from 5-20%. It's really a crapshoot as to what it will be, or whether you will be charged at all. Make sure that you declare it, and I'd say that the chances that you'd have to pay anything to be 50/50. In all of the scores of times I've entered with declared merchandise, I've probably paid duty only 10% of the time. Courtesy and respect goes a long way to mitigate the duty!

Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212342
12/27/2019 10:08 PM
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As another reason to buy local. I was flying from BVI to Miami for the boatshow. Packed some rum VERY carefully in a checked back. Security somewhere opened my bag at EIS or SJU along the way and did not repack with the same care. When I got to baggage claim, my bag was the one dripping and smelling like coconut rum. Had to buy new clothes for the weekend as mine had glass pieces, wouldn't have been an issue if just smelled like rum. Should have just bought the rum in MIA and said I brought it from the islands.


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Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212347
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It is typically WAY WAY cheaper to buy the same alcohol locally due to the tax. In most cases, liquor is cheaper than the mixer. i.e., rum is cheaper than coke.

Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212351
12/28/2019 07:56 AM
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Not to mention lugging around the extra weight. You can order it ahead of time, and it will be sitting on the boat when you arrive.


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Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212355
12/28/2019 08:50 AM
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Liquor is generally cheaper in the BVI than in the states and the selection is great. Most people buy liquor in the Caribbean to take back to the states!

Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #212368
12/28/2019 10:37 AM
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We find it much cheaper in BVI than what we used to spend in Ohio. A couple examples: Crown Royal $13 BVI, $35 OH; Grey Goose Vodka $21 BVI, $50 OH. Absolut Vodka $9 BVI, $18 OH. Wine is a different story. Prices are very similar to OH IF you can find what you want. If you have special wine that you like, sometimes that's worth bring a couple of bottles.


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Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #213000
01/04/2020 06:53 PM
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I agree with everyone else...liquor is much cheaper in the BVI's...but wine is not. It is harder to find a good wine and it is usually much more expensive.


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Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: DVF2001] #213071
01/05/2020 12:28 PM
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I asked this question in another thread - Is there an “official” site or reliable info describing limits on bringing alcohol in via ferry? Specifically liters of wine (that is obviously not available on Tortola). Don’t mind paying a tariff if not ridiculous...


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Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: caribbeangirl13] #213081
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Originally Posted by caribbeangirl13
I agree with everyone else...liquor is much cheaper in the BVI's...but wine is not. It is harder to find a good wine and it is usually much more expensive.


Absolutely spot on.

Re: Bringing Liquor to BVI [Re: RickinAtlanta] #213084
01/05/2020 03:13 PM
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Rum and Carib tends to be the most popular drinks on my boat... not mixed together (although now I am thinking about it....)


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