A U.S. resident may ship goods purchased in the U.S Virgin Islands (“unaccompanied purchases”) to the United States. Unaccompanied purchases are goods you bought on a trip that are being shipped to yourself in the United States. In this instance you may declare: Up to $1,600 worth duty free per person under your personal exemption if the merchandise is purchased in the USVI. An additional $1,000 worth of goods may be mailed dutiable at a flat rate of 1.5% percent.
All of our catalog merchandise is offered at the same duty free prices as in our St. Thomas stores. If you call our 1-800 number and order merchandise to be shipped to yourself, you may be subject to duty on these purchases. However, with certain limitations, you may purchase and have shipped merchandise valued at $200 or less without the payment of duty. Duty charges, if assessed, are payable directly to the U.S. Postal or Customs Service and cannot be prepaid. Typical duty charges when imposed are based on the purchase value and generally constitute a percentage comparable to or less than many state's sales tax.
This information is of necessity a summary of complicated and fact-specific issues and you should seek advice regarding its applicability to your specific circumstances. For more information on Customs and Duties and International Mail Regulations, visit The United States Customs Department Website at: www.cbp.gov and the U.S. Postal Service website: www.usps.com