Tropical Shipping: Shipping to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and the Virgin Islands

Published: 23rd May 2010
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When shipping to Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Tortola) ensure your cargo to a shipper that offers security, safety and stability of the item being transported. Select a company that specializes in tropical shipping and providing innovative transportation solutions, versatility, advanced shipping technology, and a specialized 'young' fleet of ships in the trade







Depending on what goods or items intended for tropical shipping, consider using a shipper that provides "hot hatch" service. Hot hatch service is important for tropical shipping if the container to be shipped is holding food, pharmaceuticals, fish, produce, or other perishables and easily damaged goods. Hot hatch service means your container will be loaded onto a vessel last so it can easily be unloaded first-preventing perishable cargo from spoiling.  This will ensure that your cargo will reach the delivery location undamaged and fresh. No matter what size cargo meant for tropical shipping, you can choose between 20ft, 40ft, 45ft, and 48ft dry containers, as well as 40ft and 45ft refrigerated containers to store your cargo.







For tropical shipping, if you're considering using a refrigerated container, remember to take into account whether your shipping service monitors the containers manually or remotely. The new technology in monitoring remotely offers valuable features such as temperature control and stability. In addition to temperature stability, the technology also provides door monitoring should doors be opened or tampered with over the course of the trip. Refrigeration or temperature monitoring can be a very important benefit for tropical shipping where hot temperatures in the Caribbean can ruin cargo.







Consider additional benefits provided by tropical shipping services: Often times, warehousing for cargo or goods can be provided while waiting to be shipped to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Virgin Islands or other destinations. If you need tropical shipping storage space or a cross-dock to transfer your cargo, shippers can provide these services. High-speed combination roll-on roll-off/lift-on lift-off services allow for swift and secure tropical shipping solutions for customers.







If you're interested in transferring or shipping a vehicle, many shippers offer drive on/drive off capabilities and pre-inspections to make tropical shipping of vehicles hassle free. You are even able to transport live animals safely! Although sometimes these services are hard to come by, exemplary tropical shippers offer a variety of solutions for all your shipping needs and requests.








Erica Ronchetti is a freelance writer for Sea Star Line, a privately held shipping company that specializes in providing integrated transportation services to and from the United States. If you're interested in learning more about Sea Star Line's tropical shipping & shipping ports services, visit our website today!

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